Organizations Thankful for Donations from Online Fundraiser


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The Washington County Gives online fundraiser proved to be a big success as many organizations raised well more than they expected.

In 24 hours, through online donations, nearly $200,000 was raised for more than 50 organizations.

"It was just nice to see everyone come together, whether it was the non profits or the community. The donors the board members, it seemed that everyone came together for this one day event," said Ally Sirbaugh, director of communications for the Community Foundation of Washington County.

HEAL (Healthy Eating & Active Lifestyles) of Washington County, exceeded the rest with more than $30,000.

"Heal was our biggest winner,they did a lot of social media and they tied it into their big fundraiser which was color splash," said Sirbaugh.

The money will help them with their goal of reducing and preventing obesity in the community.

For the Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School, the $18,000 dollars they gained from the largest number of donors in the fundraiser, couldn't have come at better time.

"We are in a cash flow crunch and it has just been very difficult," said David Swacina, CEO of Cedar Ridge Ministries. "We are dealing with troubled youth, and we have had a difficult time. We just are needing the money to stay alive."

For nearly 50 years, the home has helped thousands of boys in the state better their lives and the money raised will go to operational expenses.

"This was a way to say help us and our people who know about us, whether it is friends or family, and people who are aware of the kind of work we do, they got behind us and helped us with this," said Swacina.

Like all of the organizations involved, Swacina said this money will help them continue to thrive and better the community.

With matching dollars and prizes, the Community Foundation of Washington County says the fundraiser netted more than $260,000.

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