United Way of Calvert County would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the entire community for the generous outpouring of support for the families affected by the fires in Chesapeake Beach on April 3, 2019. As of July 19, United Way will no longer be accepting donations for the families impacted by the Chesapeake Beach fires, but will continue to accept donations for our annual grants to local nonprofits that support the basic needs of our most vulnerable residents all year long.
Throughout the course of the past several months, United Way has received over $85,000 from 16 businesses, 15 local organizations, 10 churches, two schools and thousands of caring citizens that has been distributed directly to the nine families that were displaced. These families have also received over $20,000 in gift cards. United Way did not accept any administrative fees for this service.
On April 3, 2019 residents of the Courtyards At Fishing Creek in Chesapeake Beach experienced a fatal fire that destroyed seven homes and displaced nine families. The collaboration between the towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County Health Department, Calvert County Department of Social Services, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County’s volunteer fire departments, Calvert County Government’s Departments of Community Resources, Parks & Recreation, and Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management, along with the American Red Cross and the United Way of Calvert County and countless other community partners and citizens, worked tirelessly to provide the immediate basic needs of these residents. These efforts continued until all families impacted by this devastating event have returned to normal or their new normal with the provided assistance.
Kelly Chambers, United Way of Calvert County CEO, said, “We were committed to being a part of this relief effort from the beginning and have been so honored to work with such amazing people and stellar organizations in our community. All of these partners are just completely dedicated and passionate about helping families.”
The Board of Directors of Calvert County wants to expressly thank the citizens of Calvert County that came together and responded in this time of crisis, especially the first, second and third responders who contributed to the ongoing support of these families who lost so much.