The Carroll County Heroes Foundation operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Carroll County (CFCC), which partners caring people with charitable causes to enhance life in Carroll County now and for future generations.

More information on CFCC can be found at: www.carrollcommunityfoundation.org,
or by calling 410.876.5505.

You can download a brochure for the Carroll County Heroes Foundation here: Brochure

Foundation Staff

Peggy H. James, Manager

Peggy Hutchinson James has been a Westminster Resident most of her life—having graduated from WHS. Though she has worn many hats over her lifetime, she is best known as the former President of Sunday Singles Dance Club, a position she held for nearly 10 years. Recently, Peggy spent six years as the Activity Director for an over 55 community with a population of over 600, and is currently an Art Instructor with Paint & Sip Studio. Peggy is a people-person and very interested in building the Carroll County Heroes Foundation into a successful long-term organization. She is just a call away if you have suggestions or know of a potential award nominee.

Dr. John E. Van Brunt, Founder and former Marine

John Van Brunt, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Carroll County Heroes Foundation.  As a former Marine, John played echo taps at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral and served in Okinawa, Japan during the Vietnam conflict. Most know him from his thirty-five year career as a professor at the University of Maryland, where he ran the Learning Assistance Services Center – but locally,  he is better known as a farmer and a dancer!  In 1984, John moved to his farm in Carroll County, which he refers to as “his own private paradise.”  In 2016, as incidents of  first responders being attacked and/or under-supported by other organizations increased, John decided to create a foundation to help bridge the gaps – and thus the Carroll County Heroes Foundation was formed.  His vision, is that it will provide an easy way for people (who like himself), want to both support those who serve, and give back to their community.

Written correspondence for John, Peggy, and the Carroll County Heroes Foundation may be sent to:

Carroll County Heroes Foundation
c/o Community Foundation of Carroll County (CFCC)
255 Clifton Blvd., Suite 313
Westminster, MD 21157