HoCoRespond Has Already Raised $407,500 for Grants to Support
Housing, Food Security, Childcare and Healthcare
Columbia, Md. - Key Howard County funders are sustaining their strong partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing a new effort to raise and deploy an additional $200,000 to support nonprofits working on the frontlines in Howard County through HoCoRespond.
New, coordinated grant funding is urgently needed to help Howard County residents as unemployment insurance supplements and eviction protections are at risk of ending. Many vulnerable families in Howard County are increasingly unable to pay for food, rent, childcare and healthcare, and nonprofits in the county are helping address those challenges.
Under the umbrella of HoCoRespond, the Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County have been working together since March to assess community needs, accept donations and provide funding to Howard County nonprofits providing frontline support, with a focus on food security, housing, childcare and healthcare. Through HoCoRespond, Howard County funders have awarded a total of $407,500 since March to 31 nonprofits.
"This public health crisis has caused a wave of challenges for our residents - people are facing unimaginable circumstances deciding whether to keep a roof over their head or food on their table," said County Executive Calvin Ball. "We're incredibly grateful to have such dedicated organizations to help look out for our most vulnerable, and HoCoRespond has already demonstrated effectiveness in collaboration. In a time when it's imperative to help those among us most in need, this is a perfect way to support your neighbors and community. I encourage those who are able to make a charitable contribution to support this emergency fund."
On August 17 the Maryland Department of Health reported 4,089 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Howard County and 100,715 cases across the state.
“Howard County Funders are coordinating to raise and deploy critical resources to nonprofits on the frontlines of responding to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Howard County” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “We continue to be here to support our community as we navigate ongoing community needs this summer and into the fall.”
A key focus of the collective grantmaking is to ensure communities of color are receiving equitable treatment.
“We are proud that our collective grantmaking is working to advance equity by focusing on cultural, racial, ethnic, geographic and ability diversity in the organizations we are funding” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “We are working closely with our partners to continue to identify urgent needs on the ground.”
HoCoRespond.org is continuing to accept donations and will announce another round of grantmaking soon. Those looking to help can donate to the following emergency funds supporting nonprofits that are assisting community members affected by COVID-19:
“The reality is that COVID-19 is continuing to harm our community,” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation. “We will continue to work closely with our funding partners to address critical housing, food, childcare and healthcare challenges in Howard County and provide emergency and ongoing support to those in need.”
The Howard County funding partners are urging county residents, donors and the community at large to take action and support the nonprofits who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We will continue exploring the path forward in providing relief to our community by leveraging our strengths and working with others to make a bigger difference together than we might otherwise make alone,” said Barb Van Winkle, chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.
HoCoRespond awards over $400,000 the last two weeks to Howard County nonprofits
The Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County today announced $202,500 in emergency grants to 20 Howard County nonprofits addressing COVID-19 needs. The collaborative effort that began in March, called HoCoRespond, has now awarded a total of $407,500 in the last two weeks to 32 nonprofits meeting food security, housing, childcare and healthcare needs.
“The full scope of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be seen, but it will be detrimental to many of our residents and communities," said County Executive Calvin Ball. "We are very thankful for the work of the HoCoFunders and encourage all Howard County residents and businesses to support these efforts.”
The grant announcement comes on #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented community issues caused by COVID-19.
The $202,500 in COVID-19 emergency grants will go to the following organizations serving Howard County:
“We are pleased to continue to work with our great partners and members of the community to address Howard County’s COVID-19 emergency needs,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “We are proud that our collective grantmaking is working to advance equity by focusing on cultural, racial, ethnic, geographic and ability diversity in the organizations we are funding.”
The Howard County Health Department reported 1,008 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Howard County as of Tuesday, May 5 and 28 people have died. The number of cases is projected to continue to rise, putting great strain on frontline nonprofits and health services across the county.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 will continue to hurt our communities for weeks and months to come,” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president and CEO of the Horizon Foundation. “We grieve for those affected by COVID-19, and we will continue to help bring our Howard County community together to provide emergency and ongoing support to those in need.”
The HoCoRespond philanthropies are continuing to coordinate fundraising to provide critical resources to nonprofits in Howard County, and hope to undertake a third round of funding in the near future.
“This collective funding effort is available because of the many donors who have generously invested in HoCoRespond,” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “We are in an unprecedented crisis, but we are so gratified at how the community has come together to take care of one another.”
Those looking to help can donate to the following COVID-19 emergency funds:
“On this global day of giving in response to COVID-19 emergency needs, we are proud to be part of a community that is stepping up to support our friends and neighbors,” said Barb Van Winkle, chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. “We are utilizing our unique strengths on #GivingTuesdayNow to make a bigger difference together than we might otherwise make alone.”
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