Frederick48 organizers took their website, www.frederick48.org, live on August 19th, 2013, to help raise money for local nonprofits. Over 20 local nonprofit organizations began a social media campaign to have their agency's donors and partners visit the www.frederick48.org website to make contributions that will be proportionately matched by Frederick48.
Last year Frederick48 raised over $300,000 and organizers of this year's event are hoping to raise over $400,000 to help local nonprofits that address the needs of Frederick County's individuals and families who are overwhelmed with medical expenses, homeless, and at risk youth. The three greatest needs identified in the most recent needs assessment released by the Community Foundation of Frederick County in 2011.
Local nonprofits Advocates for Homeless Families, Asian American Center of Frederick, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Centro Hispano, Convoy of Hope, Frederick Community Action Agency, Frederick County Hepatitis Clinic, Frederick Rescue Mission, Heartly House, Interfaith Housing Alliance, Maryland Sheriff's Youth Ranch, Mental Health Association, Mission of Mercy, Patty Pollatos Fund, Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, Seton Center, St. Vincent DePaul, and Villa Maria began on Monday to stir a social media blitz to have donors give online for 48 Hours of Giving, on Thursday, September 26 & Friday, September 27, 2013.
"Those in need in our midst deserve our best! We're trying to rally the community to something that is not partisan," said Jonathan Switzer, Frederick48 Founder.