"Nourishing all of Greenbelt's Neighborhoods"

Greenbelt Community Foundation

Thank You


GivingTuesday Now was a success around the world. Below is a message of thanks from the organizers and inspiring stories of success. Thank you to all who support GCF and our local community as well as support for those in need around the world.
Carol Shaw, President

On May 5, 2020 for #GivingTuesdayNow, the world came together to present a united front of hope, generosity and kindness in a time when many are still realizing the impact created by the pandemic.

We find hope in these stories of audacious generosity. It’s in these small acts of bravery that we’re going to put the world back together, not the way it was, but the way we want it to be.

  • Please watch and share our thank you video (FacebookTwitterVimeo)
  • Read more about some of the inspiring acts of community, hope, and generosity here.

Thank you for being part of this movement.

Yours in solidarity,
The GivingTuesday Team

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Help Make a Difference Now

We believe that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a community.

Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity from individuals and business to support people here in Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt Community Foundation has been supporting organizations that help people throughout our community for 15 years. We encourage those who are financially strong to give their stimulus check to help others in our community who are not.

Please give today. Thank you for all you do to ensure Greenbelt continues as the vital, supportive and active community it has always been.


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The Greenbelt Community Foundation is dedicated to “Nourishing All of Greenbelt’s Neighborhoods.” To this end, it is working to provide information to Greenbelt citizens on organizations that provide financial or other assistance directly to individuals and families in need of the basic necessities such as paying bills, getting food, housing and clothing.

The Foundation is encouraging people who can financially weather this COVID-19 crisis to donate their federal stimulus check to an organization that provides financial assistance to individuals and families in need.

Needhelppayingbill.com – choose Maryland and then choose Prince George’s County – is one of the best places to find information on the many charities, churches, and government assistance programs that provide financial help. There are specific programs in Prince George’s County for grants or loans to help pay rent or heating/utility bills. The State of Maryland provides information on many social services in a specific zip code on its website 211md.org or people can call 211 with specific services requests.

The Greenbelt Assistance in Living (GAIL) provides a complete  Resource Guide that lists area organizations offering assistance for a variety of needs including rental, utility, furniture, clothing and household items. Assistance is provided based on eligibility of applicant and organizations are limited in the amounts they may provide. Two organizations listed that specifically offer financial assistance are the Salvation Army Prince George’s County and United Communities Against Poverty.

The Salvation Army provides resources to help people satisfy the basic needs of life, housing, and shelter to qualified candidates. Some of what can be provided by the social services and emergency assistance programs include clothing, food, and financial assistance to pay rent or utilities, and other critical necessities. It also provides several shelters and short term housing 4825 Edmonston Road, Hyattsville, MD 301-277-6103

United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) is the Community Action Agency (CAA) for Prince George’s County, Maryland. United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., offers various services and they have created numerous programs to assist low- and moderate-income families with their bills. Some of what they offer includes: Emergency food and shelter, Mortgage/rental/utility assistance, a free Food pantry, resources that will stop an eviction, and help homeless people find housing. People who apply and are qualified may be able to receive financial support for rent, funds to prevent eviction, grants for utility bills, and help for paying a security deposit and first month’s rent. 1400 Doewood Lane, Capital Heights, MD 20731 301-322-5700.

Residents that need help with utility bills have options too. They can contact the Department of Social Services to apply for LIHEAP. They are located at 425 Brightseat Road, Landover, Maryland, and the phone number is 301-909-6300.

The Community Ministry of Prince George’s County offers financial assistance for utility bills, free food, information and education programs to resident of Prince George’s County. For example, they can refer people to Maryland pro bono mortgage programs. Contact www.cmpgc.com/ or call (301) 499-2319 for more information.

St. Hugh of Genoble’s Ladies of Charity stock the food pantry in Grenoble Hall and prepare food parcels for Greenbelters to pick-up at the rectory at 135 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD. Citizens can purchase bags of food for the pantry at The Greenbelt Supermarket and Cooperative.

A national organization, Modest Needs, can make small emergency grants to low-income workers who are at risk of slipping into poverty and for whom no other source of immediate help is available.




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     When the Greenbelt Community Foundation became an independent tax-exempt organization, it expanded the tax-exemption criteria for organizations applying for grants. Now all organizations with any IRS tax-exemption is eligible to apply.
     This change enables schools, churches and other organizations to apply directly instead of seeking a fiscal sponsor with the specific 501(c)(3) category. For example, teacher and other educators can apply directly rather than submit a proposal through the PTSA.
     Another change in our criteria is that GCF funds existing programs. For example, the county does not provide enough funding for all the children eligible for the free lunch program. GCF may be able to fill that gap for one year. Or, perhaps a reading program doesn’t have enough funds to buy all the books it needs.
     April 15, 2020 at midnight is the next deadline for proposals. Please share with your organizations this new criteria.
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Please print out the Greenbelt Community Foundation Donation Form. Make out your check to Greenbelt Community Foundation and mail it and the form to: PO Box 234, Greenbelt, MD 20768

When you purchase products through smile.amazon.com .5% of your purchase is donated to GCF. Always check to see that Greenbelt Community Foundation is listed as your charity of choice.

Create a lasting legacy, put the Greenbelt Community Foundation in your will, or make it one of your beneficiaries of your life insurance policy. Contact us to schedule a meeting with philanthropic professional at GCF.

As a donor you are a partner helping to make a difference for countless others in Greenbelt.

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