Community Foundation of Washington County Announces Clear Spring Challenge


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - You may recall when flooding in Clear Spring ripped through the town, damaging hundreds of homes and leaving residents with practically nothing. Fast forward to now, and the town has received many donations and help from people across the four-state region. 

But many still need help. 

The Community Foundation of Washington County just had a record year with their assets increasing by $6 million, and now they want to use some of that money as part of the Clear Spring Challenge.

"We felt the best thing that we could do is try to get the Washington County community involved and ask them to participate in raising dollars to help the Clear Spring community," said Brad Sell, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Washington County. "Then we would match it up to $10,000. Hopefully, when it's all said and done, in two weeks there will be $20,000 more that can really go towards the relief effort."

Sell said challenge campaigns have worked in the past, and now they're hoping to raise the amount of money needed in a two week span. Sell said it just feels right since residents of the area are still struggling.

"The combination of things led me to make the recommendation to our executive committee, look, why don't we go ahead and do this because it's the right thing to do," Sell added.

The money will be sent to the Clear Spring Area Ministerium for them to distribute the money to those who need it. Sell said he's confident the people of Washington County will do their part to lift the burden on the Clear Spring community.

"Washington County has always been a county where people have been very, very generous," Sell said. "They give to help their own and they give to a good cause, and this is a good cause. These people really do need help to get their lives back together."

The challenge began on August 18 and runs through September 2, 2014. For more information on how you can donate click here.

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