*Frank Valenti - President
*Ed Cramer - Vice President
Ann Gilbert - Secretary
*Ken Bonner - Treasurer
*Sam Cangelosi- Director
*Anna-Maria Halstead - Director
*Robert Philips - Director
Cristina Holmes - Assistant to the President
* Retired Military or Veteran
The CCVIP was established as a 501c3 nonprofit (EIN: 82-4019756) effective September 5, 2017.
We were originally established to enter into a public-private partnership with Carroll County Government (CCG) to reapply for reconveyance of the former Carroll County Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center at 404 Malcolm Drive in Westminster. The reason for reapplication to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reconveyance was predicated on repurposing the facility to a Veterans Services Center to provide a range of services including shelter. Previously, the County had acquired the property from the Federal General Services Administration (GSA) for law enforcement/emergency response but determined it was not suitable.
The establishment of a Veterans Services Center was recommended by the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council (VAC), formed by the Board of County Commissioners effective July 1, 2014, which functions as an entity of the Department of Citizen Services.
Beginning in September 2017, the CCVIP, in coordination with CCG, submitted an application to HHS. Over a period of 16 months, three iterations were completed in response to HHS requirements. However, our application was disapproved in January 2019. After careful consideration by our CCVIP Board of Directors, we decided not to reapply. Carroll County Government representatives also agreed with our decision.
As of April 2019, the CCVIP, with full support and assistance from CCG entities, is beginning to look for properties that will work for us, initially on a lease basis with buildout, to meet our projected needs. We will continue to provide updates on our progress.
The mission of the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project (CCVIP) is to provide services to the approximately 10,000 veterans and family members living in Carroll County and nearby communities.
Provide a safe and secure community-based setting where veterans and their family members can commit to accepting support to receive earned benefits and assistance toward transitioning into their communities as productive citizens.
We are most grateful and thankful for broad and multi-level support, including our elected and appointed Federal, State, County and municipal officials. We remain fully engaged with State and County service agencies, nonprofits, veteran service organizations, and service clubs with which will optimize our collective services. In addition, we are fortunate to have interest from public and private businesses and foundations, as well as faith-based organizations and private individuals already providing in-kind and financial support.
We have estimated projected start-up cost to be about $2 million. As we begin to look at properties, we will adjust our projected costs accordingly.
Donations can continue to be made through this website, as well as by check payable to CCVIP, Inc.
Our mailing address is:
CCVIP c/o Access Carrol
10 Distillery Drive, Suite 200
Westminster, MD 21157
If interested in making a donation go to the Donations Page. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming involved drop us a email with the details on how you want to help. You can also call the number below and someone will follow up with you.