Building for Today and Tomorrow with the YWCA – Due East Partners was excited to celebrate the opening of The YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County’s new domestic violence safe house in February. We’re particularly grateful for the unique role we’ve played in helping the YW to address the needs of today’s survivors through the planning of its $7 million Fresh Starts capital campaign while also creating the Safe Futures Collaborative, a statewide cross-sector collaboration designed to break the cycle of violence in future generations. This dual focus on alleviating symptoms while tackling root causes of persistent societal issues such as domestic violence is core to the way Due East approaches our collective impact work.
Improving Outcomes for Children and Families with Maryland’s Local Management Boards – Our team hosted and organized a 3-day conference for the Maryland Association of Local Management Board Directors, with representation from all 24 counties. The convening began with an interview with Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, who discussed his vision for partnering with LMBs to create a safer Maryland for children, youth and families. Our work continues with the Association and individual local management boards (Anne Arundel, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties), guiding their community planning to accelerate progress towards Maryland’s 8 prioritized results for Child Well-Being.
Corporate Community Engagement with the Wills Group – We are thrilled to congratulate The Wills Group on launching their second annual Community Engagement Report at the end of March, highlighting the significant impact they contributed across their Mid-Atlantic footprint in 2018. Since 2016, Due East has been partnering with The Wills Group to help redevelop and implement their new corporate Community Engagement initiative. In 2018, through significant contributions of time, leadership, and passion, including more than 574 employee volunteer hours, The Wills Group contributed $449,531 to 37 organizations to help eliminate childhood hunger and ensure safe and healthy homes. The result is measurable, targeted impact improving the lives of individuals and families who live in the communities they serve. We invite you to view their good work in their 2018 Community Engagement Report!