Funded Projects

Zach’s Sacks–recipient for November, 2022 from Hey Westminster!

“Zach’s Sacks” from Brooke Haggerty is the November, 2022 winner, from Hey Westminster!

Brooke shares that “Zach’s Sacks is a brand-new organization started in honor of my late son, Zachary Wolfe Pressman. Zachary was tragically killed in a drunk driving crash on February 1, 2016. He was a giver, a lover of all people and one of the kindest souls to walk this earth. To honor him we will fill sacks of all kinds to help those in need. The sack could be a brown bag with water and cookies, it could be a school lunch. It could be luggage for a foster child or a handbag of toiletries or it could be a backpack with socks, t-shirts and underwear. You see, there really is no limit to what a Zach’s Sack can be. It’s all about the love and the connection of one person handing it to another person. Is there anything more precious than connection? Help us to connect to those in need, to those who a sack of love makes all the difference.”

We’re excited to partner with Brooke and her network with our monthly $1,000 grant, to help honor her son’s memory by giving back to youth in our community!

Moonlit Acres–recipient for October, 2022 from Hey Westminster!

Moonlit Acres is our October ’22 winner, from Hey Westminster! Moonlit Acres “provides person-driven recreational and wellness workshops and events. Our innovative approach is to include our guests in planning their own vacation experience focusing on their need for retreat and renewal through fun, engaging, interest-based activities, both on the property and in the community.”

We’re excited to partner with them with our monthly $1,000 grant, to help work on much-needed upgrades to their building.

McDaniel College’s Westminster Welcome–special grant recipient for August 2022 from Hey Westminster and the Kahlert Foundation!

Hey Westminster! is thrilled to announce their biggest collaboration with the Kahlert Foundation, to date! $10,000 went to local business owners to help McDaniel College welcome over 550 new students from all over the world to our town.

Enjoy this video of the Westminster Welcome, featuring appearances from local partners, including Mayor Becker, JeannieBird Baking Company, President Jasken of McDaniel College, and more! 🎥: GLBAL media

Westminster Community Center–grant recipient for July 2022 from Hey Westminster!

We’re very excited to share our next Kahlert Foundation + Hey Westminster! collaboration! In July, we partnered to give away $5,000 to the Community Center on Union St here in town.

Not only that, but we were joined in the initiative by the incredible team at https://jfjandsons.com, who donated a whole day of skilled labor to help demo a floor worn out by over a decade of heavy use from community events. Click the video to learn more and be sure to check out https://westminstercommunityofshalom.com.

Healthcare worker appreciation–special post for June, 2022

Health care workers are an incredibly important part of any community. Because Westminster understands this and values this group immensely, we’ve partnered with some AWESOME local businesses to show our appreciation. The flier displayed in the comments below features discounts and perks for healthcare workers good for the entire month of June and the video tribute comes with a BIG HUG from us to all healthcare workers in Westminster and beyond!

Juneteenth Festival–May 2022 grant recipient

We are SO excited to announce our May grant recipient: The Juneteenth Festival in Carroll County!

On June 18, this AWESOME event will bring the community together in downtown Westminster to raise awareness of African heritage throughout our county. Activities will include gospel music, food, vendors, a financial awareness workshop, and a panel discussion: “An Honest Talk About Being Black in Carroll County.” We’re thrilled to support this first-of-its-kind event in Westminster. Admission is FREE.

Ellsworth Cemetery Restoration — April 2022

Audrey Cimino and Thomas Greul, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery, are the April 2022 grant recipient for Hey Westminster! Photo credit: Justin Willet.

Congratulations to Audrey Cimino and Thomas Gruel, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery, the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for April 2022.

The Ellsworth Cemetery was founded by six Civil War veterans from Westminster and serves as the final resting place of twenty-six soldiers who served during the war, according to Cimino and Gruel. After learning that many of the headstones in the cemetery had been damaged or destroyed, Cimino and Gruel made it their mission to replace them. “It broke my heart that these people were being forgotten,” said Gruel, who has worked to maintain the cemetery for the last twelve years.

The cemetery is significant to Carroll County because Westminster’s African American residents were primarily buried here during segregation. “This cemetery in Westminster is a treasure and a source of pride,” said Cimino.

Audrey Cimino and Thomas Greul, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery, are the April 2022 grant recipient for Hey Westminster!

One hundred eighty-two unmarked graves have been located in the cemetery. Cimino and Ellsworth hope to provide and repair grave stones for individuals buried in Ellsworth Cemetery. Anyone who would like to contribute to this work can give to the Carroll Community Foundation.

Congratulations, and thank you, to Audrey Cimino and Thomas Gruel, and their effort to restore the Ellsworth Cemetery. They are the #HeyWestminster! grant recipient for April 2022. Thanks for making Westminster awesome!

Video by GLBAL Media.