Debora Gavin Merlock
Harford County Education Foundation
When her children were young, then stay-at-home mom Debora Gavin Merlock noticed that many of their classmates did not have the basic supplies they needed. And so she started sending her children to school with extra supplies to share.
Not content with that effort and realizing the countywide scope of the problem, Merlock started a nonprofit foundation to raise money and collect supplies that eventually grew to cover all of Harford County.
Today, the Harford County Foundation helps some 5,000 students annually get the supplies, technology, books, grants and other supports they need to succeed in school.