Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times: Nonprofit Center celebrates 10 years of incubating social good

Jon Kelvey Carroll County Times: Nonprofit Center celebrates 10 years of incubating social good http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/ph-cc-nonprofit-center-20160519-story.html

May 19, 2016

Incubators may be en vogue in the entrepreneurial tech world of Silicon Valley today, but when it comes to incubating nonprofits and building social capital, Westminster has been a leader since 2006, the year the Carroll County Nonprofit Center was born.

On Wednesday afternoon, more than 100 people filled a large conference room at the center's Clifton Boulevard location to celebrate a decade of its providing low cost, no rent homes for nonprofit organizations focused on helping the people of Carroll County.

"We've taken a lot of nonprofits from basements of churches, shopping centers, out of their homes," said Nonprofit Center Director Mark Krider in an interview. "This gives them stability, it gives them an address, it gives them a place to volunteer. People don't want to volunteer in somebody's home, or a basement of a church."

Standing at the podium Wednesday, Krider ran down some of the impressive statistics associated with 10 years of giving nonprofits a home: more than 55,000 families helped by agencies housed in the center; more than 148,251 volunteer hours served, a $3.9 million value; and 34 different agencies housed at one time or another. Current tenants include Habitat for Humanity; the Marriage and Relationship Education Center; and Head Start/Catholic Charities, which, Krider noted, has enrolled almost 2,000 children since becoming one of the first tenants in 2006.

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