Through Impact Club, as Impact Venture Capitalists, we invest heavily in local charities that demonstrate a powerful “Story Engine,” and have proven their willingness to fight for their cause – by competing in and winning a high-stakes competition. As a result, Impact Club, through Impact Venture Capitalism has dramatically multiplied the Impact that a single person can have on charities in their local community.
Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend backpacks of food to local children who depend on the school meals as their primary source of nutrition Monday through Friday. In Frederick County, more than 11,000 children (27% of all students) are fed by the Free And Reduced-priced Meal Program (FARM). Lunch in school on Friday is often the last full meal many of these children have before returning to school on Monday morning. The food provided by BIAB offers a greater opportunity for these children to return to school on Monday better prepared to participate and learn.
The Jake Offutt Foundation was founded in memory of 15-year-old Jake Offutt who passed away with a high grade, very aggressive form of brain cancer known as Anaplastic Astrocytoma that is hard to treat and difficult to cure in July, 2015. The Jake Offutt Foundation, is dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research, the Johns Hopkins pediatric oncology department, local school athletic departments and scholarships for those wanting to take martial arts classes. Helping others was important to Jake as he embraced his warrior spirit.
Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program has been providing horseback riding lessons and equestrian activities to Frederick County residents with medically certified mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities for more than 33 years. More than 60 students ride for one hour per week for seven weeks during the spring and fall. Summer classes and private lessons are also available. Our program’s 20 horses and ponies, many donated because they have health issues that end their previous careers as show horses, trail companions, racing, etc. are our true therapists.