2014 Grant Recipients

The College Park Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 grants and information about our formal celebration of our grantees at the 2014 Winter Gala in December. The table below summarizes our 2014 grants. For more details on our grantees and the Winter Gala, please see the full press release.

Grantee Amount Grant Project About  The Organization
Boy Scout Troop 298 $500 The matching grant funds will leverage scout fundraising activities that support the scouts attending summer day camp in Summer 2015. The Boy Scouts of America is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping boys grow and become men.
The College Park Community Food Bank $1,300 The grant will fund a stipend for an intern to develop better organizational systems, story collecting, messaging, and data gathering, including a volunteer and donor directory, updated website, and developing a data collection tool for the clients they serve. $300 of this grant is a matching grant. The mission of the CPCFB is to reduce hunger in College Park and the surrounding communities by regularly offering food to individuals and families. Their vision is to ensure that families will thrive by having life-sustaining food.
College Park Community Library $400 College Park Community Library will purchase a library software package that will allow the Community Library to improve their service capacity by being able to track their inventory and electronically check-out/in books. The College Park Community Library gives College Park residents a public library within the city limits, seeks to support and improve educational and cultural opportunities for adults and children in the city.
Cub Scout Pack 298 $500 The matching grant funds will leverage scout fundraising activities that support the scouts attending summer day camp in Summer 2015. The Boy Scouts of America is a non-profit organization that works wtih boys of all ages. Cub Scout Pack 298 works with boys from 1st Grade until 5th Grade and then they move onto the Boy Scouts.
Meals on Wheels of College Park $607 The grant funds an outreach and marketing efforts for clients and volunteers, including a redesigned website and targeted advertising campaigns. The mission of Meals on Wheels of College Park is to provide the senior community, as well as persons who are disabled on a short- or long-term basis, with nutritious meals.
National Museum of Language $700 The grant supports a week-long summer camp at the College Park Community Center, which will provide 60 children with an introduction to a variety of languages, including Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. was incorporated in 1999 to promote a broader public understanding of and appreciation for language and languages – in history, contemporary affairs, and the future.

Permaculture Garden Update


Congratulations to the many volunteers who came out to help plant the Trolley Trail Permaculture Garden during two recent Saturday mornings. The following summary of the project is adapted from Councilmember Alan Hew’s Facebook posting.

This Permaculture garden (focusing on edible plants) was planted for the public to help themselves. It took a Council resolution to bring this about, which was my doing. The Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) put together the proposal to do it and organized it. Lincoln Smith of Forested: Creative Ecology designed the garden. The City Public Works department provided site prep items like tools, compost, mulch and logistics. A number of residents turned out to help. The University of Maryland provided student volunteers from the College Park Scholars Environment, Technology & Economy program. Students from the Student Government Association’s Student Sustainability Committee also attended.

Thanks again to the members of the Committee for a Better Environment, including CBE Chair Gemma Evans and city liaison Steve Beavers, for their invaluable dedication to this project.

Donations Needed For Men Make A Difference Breakfast

Paint Branch Elementary School is taking part in the Men Make A Difference Day on Monday, 10/13/14.  All dads and the important men in our students’ lives are invited to come have breakfast at the school together with their kids at 8:45 am.

The school is asking the PTA to help with donations of breakfast items for the event.  If you are willing to donate some muffins, bagels, donuts, juice, coffee, fruit, yogurt or other easy to eat and serve breakfast items, please contact Ms. Cunningham (melissa.cunningham@pgcps.org) or (301) 513-5300 directly and let her know what you can bring.  All items will need to be brought to the school by 8:30 am.

College Park Day Coming Soon

See you next Saturday, September 27th from 11am to 3pm @ 5000 Paint Branch Parkway – free parking across the street at the College Park Metro station: www.CollegeParkDay.org

Meet the Oriole Mascot! Come see the Bomb Squad Robots! Talk with the firemen and see the College Park and Branchville engines! Climb the 30′ Spider Zone or 25′ Rock Wall! Try the Fire Rescue Obstacle Course or amazing Extreme Air Bungee Jumper!


Play some fun carnival games or get your face painted! Visit the Boys and Girls Club booth or the CP Arts Exchange booth for fun activities! Kids 12 and under – bring your bikes and stop by the Proteus Bikes booth and learn the essentials of bike handling and bike safety!

We’ll have hot dogs, BBQ, cupcakes and Hawaiian Shave Ice to fuel you up and keep you refreshed during the day! Come by and visit us at the College Park Community Foundation table.


College Park Community Library Fall Schedule

The Church of the Nazarene
9704 Rhode Island Ave.
College Park MD 20740
Lower Level of the Church
Saturdays - The 2nd Sat. Bella, our resident beagle, listens to children ages 5-12 read their favorite stories from 10-1:00. The 3rd Sat. Kirby, our resident pup, listens to children ages 5-12 read their favorite stories from 10-1:00.
Library Games - On the 1st and 4th Sat. from 10:00 – 1:00. Fun for all ages. Children 8 and older can play without… their parents younger children will need a parent with them. Challenge your friends to a friendly game of Battleship, Go Fish, War, Monopoly and more or bring your favorite games to play with friends.
An evening of Games! - Monday from 7-8:30  Join our volunteer and play your favorite games. The library has a small collection of games, however, donations are always welcome!
Fine tune your writing skills! – Tues. evenings from 7-8:30 Joe is on hand to offer help with your writing.
Book Group Discussion – The Fourth Tuesday Book Group meets from 7-8:30
Story Time –  Wed. 10:30 – 11:00 ages infants/up
Drop in Story Time  – Tues. through Thurs. 1-4:00 all ages welcome!
Junior Reader Program – Tues. 2-4:00  – Students all ages are invited to join our afternoon school program reading to younger children during Story Time. Improve your reading skills and confidence.
Seniors Meet-Up – Third Thursday from 1-4:00 – Join our discussion on books, current events, enjoy light refreshments and meet new friends. Attick Towers and Spellman House residents welcome!
ESL this fall – Time and Date to be determined.