Meet The Nonprofits

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

Grassroots is a nonprofit located next to Atholton High School, and can be considered one of the gateways to many other nonprofits in Howard County. They operate as both a homeless shelter and a crisis intervention center with a 24/7 hotline, so naturally they need volunteers to keep everything up and running.

Contact: 410-531-0066 for more information.

Address: 6700 Freetown Rd. Columbia, MD 21044

HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Howard County by providing resources and education on how to combat, prevent, and recover from substance abuse/misuse. They run periodical “Take-Back Day” drives in order to collect unneeded prescription medicine, which helps avoid and/or stop substance abuse/misuse.

Contact: 443-325-0040 or for more information

Address: 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206 Columbia, MD 21044

The Roving Radish

The Roving Radish is a nonprofit that sells Howard County citizens healthy, affordable meals. Because many low-income individuals and families struggle with nutritious diets, the Roving Radish provides a delivery service that includes healthy meal kits and is delivered once a week. They need help in their kitchen preparing these meal kits.

Contact: 410-992-2049 or for more information.

Address: 3430 Court House Dr. Ellicott City, MD 21043

Howard County Recreation & Parks Department

The Rec & Parks Department is a department of the Howard County Government that specializes in the management of community centers, parks, and historical sites in Howard County. They need volunteers to help maintain order in all of their Rec & Parks managed locations such as the Belmont Manor.

Contact: 410-313-4624 or for more information.

Address: 7120 Oakland Mills Rd. Columbia, MD 21046

Community Action Council of Howard County

The CAC is one of the most prominent nonprofits in Howard County and is dedicated to serving the underserved. The mission of the CAC is to diminish poverty, enable self-sufficiency and advocate for low-income families and individuals in Howard County by providing a variety of programs and services.

Contact: 410-313-6440 for more information.

Address: 9820 Patuxent Woods Dr. Columbia, Maryland 21046

The YMCA of Dancel (Ellicott City)

The Y at Dancel is one of the biggest YMCA centers in all of central Maryland. They have lots of classes and activities to participate in, giving student volunteers plenty of opportunities to help out.

Contact: 410-465-4334 for more information.

Address:4331 Montgomery Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043

The Community Ecology Institute

The Community Ecology Institute is designed to help people connect with nature through hands-on educational experiences. At Freetown Farm, their 6.4-acre organic farm in Columbia, they collaborate with individuals, families, schools, and community organizations to create a place where people can learn how they can lead happier, healthier, more connected, and sustainable lives.

Contact: for more information.

Address: 8000 Harriet Tubman Ln, Columbia, MD 21044