Press Release

July 18, 2014
Cardin Joins Frederick Organizations Working To Close Wealth Gap In Western Md

Frederick, MD – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance committee, visited the Frederick Prosperity Center to discuss state, local and federal initiatives to ensure that all Americans have a fair shot at achieving and maintaining economic success. The Prosperity Center is a collaborative of social service organizations, local financial institutions and others committed to providing residents of Frederick access to the tools they need to establish financial stability.

 “There should be no such thing as the ‘working poor’ in America. If you work hard and play by the rules, you should not have to worry about putting food on the table or keeping a roof over your head,” said Senator Cardin. “After speaking with the Marylanders on the front lines of the effort to close the wealth gap in America, it’s clear that Congress must act. There has never been a better time to pass an increased federal minimum wage, paycheck fairness, tax and immigration reform as well as other commonsense pieces of legislation to give Americans future and present a fair shot at success.”

“Frederick County Bank supports the work of Prosperity Center in meeting the needs of our community,” said Mary Barry, Vice President of the Frederick County bank. “We do this by assembling colleagues that have substantial banking knowledge and educate those seeking assistance through workshops.  I will solicit volunteers to participate in the Free Tax Return preparation program.  FCB continues our strong commitment to community and through the United Way’s Financial Literacy Coalition and the incredible facility we now have access to, it’s a positive outcome for those who need the services and assistance.” 


“The ‘CASH’ in Maryland CASH Campaign stands for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope,” said Robin McKinney, Director of the Maryland CASH Campaign.  “With our Frederick Prosperity Center partners, we’ll conduct credit cafés, provide free tax preparation, financial coaching and financial education to help the citizens of Frederick strengthen their financial well-being.”