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 info@hcdrugfree.org 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 JZoller@howardcountymd.gov 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 sberry@howardcountymd.gov 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: vadler@communityecologyinstitute.org for more information.

Address: 8000 Harriet Tubman Ln, Columbia, MD 21044

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Bright Minds

Bright Minds enhances the educational experiences of all Howard County Public School System students by bringing together private and community support for academic initiatives and opportunities.

Contact: (410) 740-0707 for more information.

Address: Ellicott City, MD 21042

Food on the 15th

Food on the 15th was created to help seniors who are financially unstable be able to eat. It is a monthly effort that involves gathering, sorting, packaging, and delivering the food. They host food drives for the elderly and they deliver food to seniors on the 15th of every month for seniors who are on a fixed income.

Contact: justinkwerner@gmail.com or drewkassman@icloud.com for more information.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels enable people to live independently at home by providing them with nutritious
food/meals, personal contact, and related services. Each day 27 Meals on Wheels Vans hit the road to deliver more than just a meal. Meals on Wheels helps throughout Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s county.

Contact: volunteer@mowcm.org  or check out their website Mealsonwheelsmd.org for more information.

Address: 515 S Haven St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Student Voices of HoCo

Student Voices of HoCo was designed to combat issues within HoCo by creating platforms for everyone’s voice to be heard, establishing a structure for student voices to be heard, highlighting race issues & promote change in HoCo, and creating in class discussions on racial discriminations.

Contact: studentvoicehc@gmail.com or 240-444-9397 for more information.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics was designed to bring people with intellectual disabilities together into a larger community where they are accepted and supported through sports. They work to train them in each sport and make sure they are having fun in competitions and practices.

Contact: info@somdhc.org or 410-740-0500 for more information you can also check out their website at www.somdhc.org.

Address: 8970 MD-108, Columbia, MD 21045

STEM Festival

STEM Festival was designed to give students, families, and minorities the opportunity to learn about STEM. Many of the people who participate do not have as many opportunities to learn about STEM as others and the STEM Festival gives them that opportunity.

Contact: mdstemfest@gmail.com for more information.

Community Action Council

Community Action Council was designed to enable others to enhance the quality of their lives and to share in the promise and opportunity of our community. They serve low-income Howard County residents through four core program areas: food assistance, energy and weatherization assistance, housing assistance, and early childhood education.

Contact: rsanborn@cac-hc.org or check out their website https://www.cac-hc.org/ for more information.

Address: 9820 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA )

ILIA was designed as a youth development organization to create and develop youth leaders. They have coaching programs and members are able to manage their own projects.

 

Contact: pr@islamicleadership.org or check out their website at https://www.islamicleadership.org/  for more information.

Address: 4903 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21207

Winter Growth

Winter Growth was designed to empower seniors and adults with disabilities to live their best lives. Winter Growth offers programs that focus on the unique needs and interests of the people they serve. They also offer volunteer opportunities to assist seniors that help build relationships between the seniors and the volunteers.

 

Contact: colleen.konstanzer@wintergrowth.inc.org check out their website at https://www.wintergrowthinc.org/ for more information.

Address: 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044

Bryanna’s Love

Bryanna’s Love was created in honor of Bryanna Kitchen, who was diagnosed with Early T-cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ETP-ALL) only 3 weeks after her 9th birthday. Bryanna’s Love provides stuffed animals and blankets to about 1400 children battling cancer and their siblings.

Contact: Kristena@bryannaslove.org check out their website at http://www.bryannaslove.org/ for more information.

Howard County Parks and Rec

Howard County Parks and Rec was created to ensure the highest quality of life for current and future generations by taking care of lands and parks. They also provide programs and services to all ages in the community.

Contact: sberry@howardcountymd.gov check out their website at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks for more information.

Address: 7120 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, MD 21046