Sheriff’s Office K-9s to Benefit from Steelers Quarterback’s Foundation
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced the first grant of the 2011 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund has been awarded to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
The Sheriff’s Office will use the grant to purchase four “K-9 Storm” bullet-proof vests to help protect the department’s four highly specialized canine teams. All members of the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit are trained as dual purpose K-9s for the detection of explosives as well as patrol functions.
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County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin said, "The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation program recognizes the importance of well-trained K-9 teams as part of our overall law enforcement efforts. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office K-9 dogs are cross trained for search, patrol and explosive detection duties. The grant funds will provide our dogs with vests that protect them from attacks with firearms and knifes while engaged in their duties."
The foundation is distributing grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2011 season. Police and fire departments in the nine away-game cities were invited to submit proposals detailing their needs. The Steelers play the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday, September 11.
For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund visit www.bigben7.com or www.givingback.org.
Patch.com Lists Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Volunteers and Staff as One of its “Picks”
Citing people who help make Rockville great in a recent edition, Patch.com (Rockville) included the volunteers and staff of the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). In a nod to MCPL’s 60th anniversary celebration, the write-up said, in part: “County libraries offer thousands of books that can be borrowed by county residents with a free library card. They also offer a quiet study environment, children's story hours, meet-the-author events and other free programs.”
Check out the full writeup.
The Senior Connection Recognized for Expanded Service Delivery
The Senior Connection, a nonprofit agency that helps adults age 62 and over live independently in Montgomery County, has been recognized for the second time by the "2011-12 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington" for its efforts that expanded service delivery by 37 percent over the past year and now assists seniors in Gaithersburg and Germantown.
Based in the Holiday Park Senior Center on 3950 Ferrara Dr. in Silver Spring, the agency helps senior adults live independently by connecting them with volunteers who provide free transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social visits and other basic support needs.
Read more about the Senior Connection’s honor.