Community Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Salisbury Chamber’s YEA! Program

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) presented a $5,000 Challenge Grant to the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to support the launch of YEA! this fall.

Left to right are: Erica Joseph, CFES President; Kim Gillis and Sophia Smecker, Co-Manager of YEA! Salisbury.

This innovative program transforms local middle and high school students into entrepreneurial successes by leading them through the process of starting businesses in their local communities.

About the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore: Celebrating over 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $50 million. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.0 million in fiscal year 2015. CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarship grants, advocacy, and leadership development. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit or call 410-742-9911.

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