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.”