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Kick off the holiday season by becoming involved in these local programs making a difference in Frederick area women’s lives.

A special charity making a difference in the lives of women right here in Frederick is Heartly House, Inc. Heartly House serves Frederick County residents who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  On average, 14,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse call the Heartly House hotline every month. Heartly House’s Lethality Assessment Program partners with local police officers, emergency room nurses, courthouse deputies, Child Protective Service workers and mental health practitioners to reduce the risk of homicide for domestic violence victims and to keep them safer. This program piloted in Frederick over a decade ago and has since been implemented statewide and nationally. The program has reduced the homicide rate by approximately 35%.  The SAFE Program serves victims of sexual assault of all ages. Michelle Pentony-the Heartly House Crisis Services Director- personally oversaw the program and has since become a national trainer. Heartly House advocates are on call 24-7 with Frederick Memorial Hospital and serve as first responders during  medical/forensic examinations, the investigative interview process and provide support services following an assault. Other services the Heartly House provides includes an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal representation, transitional housing, community outreach and professional education. A creative way to donate to the Heartly House is to purchase items off of their Wish List which can be found on their website as well as numerous other ways to donate. Visit the website for more information on how to give back at
For more information about Heartly House and its services for Frederick County residents, please call 301-662-8800; TTY: 301-662-1565.

Giving time is also a valuable way to impact the lives of other women. The Woman to Woman Mentoring program at FCC is great resource to help young women achieve success both personally and professionally. Become a  mentor and help young women between the  ages of 18- 35 who are in need of  support, guidance, and encouragement to help them create goals and plans to overcome professional and personal obstacles. The program is currently seeking Mentors for a 10 month long program starting in February of 2016.
For more information on how to become a mentor Contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier at 301-846-2556 or visit the website at

Another way to make your contribution last is to become a member of the The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County. The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County was founded in 2006 by  Karlys Kline. There are 220 members helping to raise grant money for local charities to empower women by helping them achieve a better life. Since 2006 the Women’s Giving Circle has awarded $670,000 to more than 30 Frederick County organizations to aid women in need, including $125,000 that was awarded in 2013. They also established a large endowment fund that currently exceeds $500,000.
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