February 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Baltimore groups win grants
Help Thyself, gay news, Washington Blade

Andrew McCarty, vice President of Brother, Help Thyself (left) presents George Dodson Business Award to Erich Lutz, manager of Grand Central. (Photo courtesy of Jim Slattery)

Several Baltimore-area organizations were among the 23 that received grants from Washington, D.C.-based Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) during its annual Grants and Awards Reception that took place on Jan. 30 at Baltimore’s Grand Central. BHT is a community-based organization that provides financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/D.C. metro area.

Those Baltimore-area organizations receiving grants were: PFLAG Columbia-Howard County ($1,930); PFLAG Westminster ($2,110); New Ways Ministry, Inc., a Mount Rainier-based LGBT Catholic organization ($1,830); Perry Hall-based Thankful Paws ($1,500); Baltimore-based Hope Springs, an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization ($3,420); and AIDS Action Baltimore ($5,000). All told, $76,000 was given out.

In addition, the George Dodson Business Award (to a business supportive of the community) was presented to Grand Central for “always being there for the community in which it serves.”

“Our board looks ahead to our grant reception all year long with great anticipation as the culmination of a year of hard work,” said Jim Slattery, BHT president in a statement. “Sure, we plan events and raise money, but we truly love nothing more than to give it all away each January.”

BHT achieved a milestone this year as well. “We’ve been at this since 1978, helping close to 200 non-profits support their missions and clients,” said board Vice President Andrew McCarty of Baltimore. “And, this year, in 2016, we will award our $3 millionth grant dollar.  That’s right, I said $3 million!”

For more information, visit brotherhelpthyself.org.

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