Volunteers with Columbia-based The Little Things for Cancer assemble gift baskets for the families of cancer patients.

Volunteers with Columbia-based The Little Things for Cancer assemble gift baskets for the families of cancer patients. (Sarah Pastrana / Patuxent Publishing / December 18, 2012)

Howard County boasts a wealth of nonprofits serving a wide array of needs.

Some of the organizations are assisting people in crisis, others are providing specialized services for underserved demographic groups, and many are offering educational programs.

Though many of the nonprofits specifically serve county residents, others serve people throughout the country and the globe from headquarters in Howard.

Whether you’re looking to donate time, money or resources, or are in need of special services, the following list provides a broad sample of the many nonprofits Howard has to offer.


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A

A-OK (Assist OUR Kids) Mentoring - Tutoring Inc.
Recruits, trains and screens adult mentor-tutors to work one-on-one with Howard County elementary school students to improve children's academic and social development
P.O. Box 871
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-6030
aokmentor@gmail.com
www.aokmentor.org

Adaptive Living Inc.
Provides residential and community living support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
11089 Swansfield Road
Columbia, MD 21044
billbuchanan3@verizon.net

All Creatures Great & Small Wildlife Center Inc.
Cares for native small mammals and birds that are ill, injured or orphaned with the goal of restoring them to health and releasing them back to the wild
10111 Silver Twine
Columbia, MD 21046
410-740-5096
www.allcreaturesgreatandsmallwildlifecenter.org

American Heart Association
Promotes cardiovascular health through partnerships and public awareness campaigns. Local events include the annual Howard County Heart Ball fundraiser.
415 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-685-7074
heart.org

American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region
Provides disaster assistance, blood donations and various training and certifications
4800 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
HowardCounty@arc-cmc.org
1-866-358-9207
redcross-cmd.org

Animal Advocates of Howard County
Places stray and unwanted pets in homes, provides free spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners and advocates against animal cruelty
P.O. Box 1403
Ellicott City, MD 21041
410-880-2488
animal-advocates.org

Animal Welfare Society of Howard County
Shelter serving Howard County since 1944.
Pet adoptions, veterinary services and more.
8556 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-465-4350
awshc.org

The Arc of Howard County
Provides employment, respite care, residential and other services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities
11735 Homewood Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-730-0638
archoward.org

Association of Community Services of Howard County
Network of Howard County human services providers and advocates focused on serving families and individuals
10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 920
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-9545
www.acshoco.org

Athelas Institute
Provides work and educational opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities
9104 Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-964-1241
www.athelasinstitute.org

B

Ballet Mobile
Brings inspirational ballet to unconventional locations to serve those people who otherwise might not have the chance to experience or enjoy it.
Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD  21043
410-382-1377
www.balletmobile.org

Baptist Family & Children’s Services
Provides crisis services for families, including a foster care program
7161-A Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
410-872-1050
baptistfamily.org

Better BedRest
Provides support, resources and information to pregnant women prescribed bedrest by physicians or midwives
P.O. Box 212
Savage, MD 20763
410-740-7662
betterbedrest.org

Beyond All Boundaries
Builds schools in Haiti
www.beyondallboundaries.org

Bridges to Housing Stability
Helps prevent homelessness through case management, budgeting, goal planning and other assistance
9520 Berger Road, Suite 311
Columbia, MD 21046
410-312-5760
bridges2hs.org

Bright Minds Foundation
Promotes equity, innovation and lifelong learning by funding programs and services for students in Howard County
10910 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-740-0707
www.brightmindsfoundation.org

The Build Haiti Foundation
Network of people and institutions responding to the challenges and opportunities in Haiti
P.O. Box 6895
Columbia, MD 21045
443-285-3965
thebuildhaitifoundation.org


Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat
Provides care and a home for unwanted, neglected and abused livestock.
3950 White Rose Way
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-489-4696
burleighmanorretreat.org


C

Carol Jean Cancer Foundation
Runs a weeklong overnight camp in North East, Md., and provides other programs for children with cancer
10718 Cleos Court
Columbia, MD 21044
410-531-0758
cjcf4kids.org

Center for Social Change
Provides residential programs, vocational and workforce development for the developmentally disabled
6600 Amberton Drive
Elkridge, MD 21075
410-579-6789
centerforsocialchange.org

Child Health Foundation
Conducts education and outreach, and supports research to prevent and treat life-threatening communicable diseases of infants and children
10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 126
Columbia, MD 21044
410-992-5512
childhealthfoundation.org

Christian Counseling Associates
Provides counseling for individuals, couples and families, as well as offering anger management, couples communication and marriage seminars
9650 Santiago Road, Suite 101
Columbia, MD 21045
410-995-5587
christiancounselingassociates.org

Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center
Provides support services, counseling, classes and programs to cancer patients and their families
10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-5858
www.hcgh.org/cmcrc/

Climate Change Initiative of Howard County
All-volunteer group of Howard County citizens who are concerned about climate change, and are working to help reverse this threat through both local action and coordination with other local and national groups.
hococlimatechange.org/

Coalition of Geriatric Services
Fosters cooperation among providers of geriatric services to enhance the lives of older adults.
P.O. Box 2131
Ellicott City, MD 21041
410-997-0610; cogsmd.org

Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts
Offers youth theater classes, workshops, camps and educational programs
655 Dobbin Road #4
Columbia, MD 21045
410-381-0700
cctarts.com

Columbia Foundation
Manages charitable funds and endowments, promotes philanthropy and distributes grants and scholarships in Howard County
10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 315
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-7840
columbiafoundation.org

Community Action Council of Howard County
Provides assistance related to housing, food and energy needs, and runs the Head Start preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Box 226
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-6440
cac-hc.org

Community Foundation of Howard County
Manages charitable funds and endowments, promotes philanthropy and distributes grants and scholarships in Howard County.
10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Suite 315
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-7840; cfhoco.org

Conexiones
Supports the academic achievement of Hispanic students in Howard County
P.O. Box 6997
Columbia, MD 21045
www.conexioneshc.org

D

Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Rescues and rehabilitates horses turned over by animal control or humane agencies
1372 Woodbine Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564
defhr.org

Dedicated to Youth Foundation
Offers programs for youth ages 6 to 17 related to healthy eating, fitness, etiquette, social and life skills, money management and leadership development
8630 Guilford Road, Suite 105
Columbia, MD 21046
443-355-4616
dedicatedtoyouth.org

Domestic Violence Center
Aids victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their family members by providing counseling services, legal assistance and emergency and transitional shelters
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310
Columbia, MD 21045
410-997-0304
dvcenter.org

E

eMERGE
Provides residential, employment and day services to individuals with complex or severe developmental, physical and mental health disabilities
9180 Rumsey Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-884-4420
emergeinc.org

Enterprise Community Partners
Increases access to affordable housing by providing expertise to local developers, conducting policy work, overseeing initiatives and making grants to partner organizations
10227 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
1-800-624-4298
enterprisecommunity.com

F

Family & Children’s Services
Provides both in-home and out-of-home counseling services for families aimed at preventing and addressing emotional, sexual or physical abuse
10451 Twin Rivers Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-997-3557
fcsmd.org

FIRN
Assists foreign-born individuals in accessing community resources and opportunities through counseling, information referral and translation services
5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite E-200
Columbia, MD 21044
410-992-1923
firnonline.org

The First Tee of Howard County
Promotes character development and values in young people through the game of golf.
Fairway Hills Golf Club
5100 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-1114; thefirstteehowardcounty.org

FISH of Howard County
Provides emergency food, supplies and financial assistance
P. O. Box 34
Ellicott City, MD 21041
410-964-8660
fishhowardcounty.com

Friends of the Howard County Library System
Raises funds, sponsors educational initiatives and provides volunteers for the library system
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
410-313-7799
hclibrary.org/index.php?page=554

Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary
Provides rehabilitation services for injured animals and takes in animals that can no longer be cared for by their owners
10790 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163
410-418-8899
friskys.org

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Funds and promotes research aimed at preventing diseases that cause blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive
Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
410-423-0600
blindness.org

G

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
Volunteer-run, Mount Airy-based organization rescues, rehabilitates and finds new homes for horses facing slaughter
GentleGiantsDHR@aol.com
gentlegiantsdrafthorserescue.com

Gilchrist Hospice Care
Offers a variety of hospice services, including operating an in-patient facility on Cedar Lane in Columbia
5537 Twin Knolls Road
Suite 433
Columbia, MD 21045
410-730-5072
gilchristhospice.org

Girls on the Run of Central Maryland
Encourages preteen girls to develop healthy lifestyles and boost self-esteem through running
8640 Guilford Road
Suite 208
Columbia, MD 21046
443-864-8593
gotrcentralmd.org

Global Vessels
Operates an orphanage in Tanzania.
P.O. Box 702
Fulton, MD 20759
301-596-0945
globalvessels.org

Grassroots Crisis Intervention
Provides 24-hour phone and walk-in crisis counseling, and offers emergency and other shelter programs
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-531-6006
grassrootscrisis.org

H

HC DrugFree
Dedicated to helping teens avoid alcohol and drugs, including educational programs for parents and youth at the county's schools and libraries
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Suite 404
Columbia, MD 21044
443-325-0040
info@hcdrugfree.org
hcdrugfree.org

Healthy Howard
Provides services aimed at connecting the uninsured with health care programs and promotes healthy practices in restaurants, schools, child care facilities and workplaces
7178 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
410-988-3737
healthyhowardmd.org

Horizon Foundation
Dedicated to promoting health and wellness in Howard County
10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 900
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-0311
www.thehorizonfoundation.org

Howard Community College Education Foundation
Raises money for the community college that helps fund scholarships, grants, facilities, equipment and programs
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044
443-518-4208
howardcc.edu/donors/foundation

Howard County Arts Council
Fosters the arts in Howard County by nurturing local artists and art organizations, and ensuring arts are accessible
Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-313-2787
www.hocoarts.org

Howard County Autism Society
Provides programs and conducts advocacy for people on all ends of the autism spectrum
10280 Old Columbia Road
Suite 215
Columbia, MD 21046
410-290-3466
howard-autism.org

Howard County Center of African American Culture
Collects and preserves information, resources and artifacts related to African American history and culture, available for public viewing
5434 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-1921
hccaac.org

Howard County Conservancy
Conducts environmental education on a 300-acre farm it operates as a nature reserve
10520 Old Frederick Road
P.O. Box 175
Woodstock, MD 21163
410-465-8877
hcconservancy.org

Howard County Pregnancy Center
Provides support, counseling and referrals for pregnant women in unplanned pregnancies, as well as material assistance when needed
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 254
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-3223
www.hc-pg.org

Howard Hospital Foundation
Raises and manages funds for Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-7890
hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/ways_give/howard_hospital_foundation

Humanim
Provides workforce development services for individuals with disabilities
6355 Woodside Court
Columbia, MD 21046
410-381-7171
humanim.com

J

Jewish Federation of Howard County
Strives to meet the needs of the local Jewish community and of fellow Jews in Israel and world-wide. Works to promote Jewish identity, involve and build Jewish community in Howard County, and strengthen ties with the broader local community.
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-4976
www.jewishhowardcounty.org

Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund
Provides financing for small businesses unable to receive traditional financing
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-313-6170
jref.org

L

Lazarus Foundation
Refurbishes computers for donation to educational and charitable institutions
10920 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-531-8485
lazarus.org

Leadership Howard County
Offers programs aimed at empowering community leaders and engaging them in local issues
6760 Alexander Bell Drive
Suite 260
Columbia, MD 21046
410-730-4474
leadershiphc.org

Legal Aid Bureau
Provides a range of free legal services to low-income residents
3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-480-1057
mdlab.org

Linwood Center
Runs a school and provides residential services for children with autism, offers residential and employment services for adults with autism
3421 Martha Bush Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-465-1352
linwoodcenter.org

The Little Things For Cancer
Improves the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers through transportation to appointments, child care, meals, co-payment assistance, house cleaning, entertainment, prescription payment assistance, complementary therapies and more
8601 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046
wletow@tlt4c.org
www.tlt4c.org

M

makingCHANGE
Conducts financial seminars for schools, businesses and human service agencies
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 900
Columbia, MD 21044
443-718-9350
makingchangecenter.org

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Delivers meals to people who are homebound due to age or disability
10451 Twin Rivers Road
Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-9476
mealsonwheelsmd.org

N

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maryland
Provides education and support, and conducts advocacy work for people with mental illness
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 475
Columbia, MD 21044
410-884-8691
namimd.org

National Center for Healthy Housing
Conducts research on making homes safe and healthy and promotes findings for inclusion in policies and practices
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044
410-992-0712
nchh.org

National Family Resiliency Center
Helps families cope with divorce and other life-changing experiences through counseling, seminars and other services
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway
2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-9553
divorceabc.com

Neighbor Ride
Provides door-to-door transportation for seniors age 60 and older at a modest price
8950 Route 108
Suite 115
Columbia, MD 21045
410-884-7433
neighborride.org

P

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Conducts stream cleanups, tree plantings, environmental education and policy planning aimed at protecting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco River valley
P. O. Box 96
Ellicott City, MD 21041
410-480-0824
patapscoheritagegreenway.org

People Who Need People
Network of women in western Howard County who support local charities that focus on the physical and emotional needs of women and children
pwnp-peoplewhoneedpeople.com

Pinnacle Empowerment Center
Provides career and life coaching to women in transition
8180 Lark Brown Road, Suite 301
Elkridge, MD 21075
410-799-1097, Ext. 301
empowerctr.org

S

The Salvation Army
Howard County Service Center
Provides assistance related to housing, food and energy needs. Provides holiday assistance
and a week-long fresh air camp summer program for children ages 7-12 of low income
families.
9017 Red Branch Road
Box 420
Columbia, MD 21045
443-656-3376
tsabaltimore.org

Serenity Center
Provides meeting space for 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous
9650 Basket Ring Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-884-6088
serenitycenter.homestead.com

Shari’s Promise
Seeks to end sexual abuse, empower survivors and teach communities how to recognize the signs and react responsibly
sharispromise.com

Sheppard Pratt
Provides behavioral and mental health services, including inpatient and outpatient treatment programs
4100 College Ave.
P.O. Box 836
Ellicott City, MD 21041
443-364-5500
sheppardpratt.org

Small Miracles Cat & Dog Rescue
No-kill shelter dedicated to providing care and finding homes for cats and dogs.
10236 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-461-0516
smallmiraclesrescue.org

Special Olympics Howard County
Conducts a training and competitive sports program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
8970 Route 108, Suite A-1
Columbia, MD 21045
410-740-0500
somdhc.org

Success In Style
Donates business attire to men and women in crisis to aid them in finding employment
8600 Foundry St.
New Weave Building
Savage, MD 20763
443-538-3843
successinstyle.org

T

Transition Howard County
Raises awareness of climate change and declining resources, encourages use of local resources, ethical stewardship of the environment and lifelong learning by collaborating with community organizations and government.
transitionhoco.org

U

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Supports, educates and empowers young adult cancer survivors
6310 Stevens Forest Road
Columbia, MD 21045
410-964-0202
ulmanfund.org

V

Voices for Children
Recruits and trains volunteers to represent children in Howard County court cases involving family placement
5550 Sterrett Place
Suite 215
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-0933
voicesforchildren.org

W

Way Station
Operates an outpatient mental health clinic and offers community employment, residential rehabilitation and supported housing programs for people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance abuse addictions
9030 Route 108
Suite A
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-1901
waystationinc.org/HowardCty.htm

We Promote Health
Encourages healthy lifestyles through community and school programs, including a Family Wellness Day and Get Active Howard County, an annual 10-week fitness initiative.
410-988-3786
wepromotehealth.org

Winter Growth
Provides adult day care programs and assisted living services
5460 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia, MD 21044
410-964-9616
wintergrowthinc.org

Women’s Giving Circle
Dedicated to building a community of philanthropists in Howard County to address the needs of women and girls
10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 315
Columbia, MD 21044
www.womensgivingcircle.org

Worldwide Shelters
Provides transitional housing to people displaced during natural disasters
2897 State Route 97
P.O. Box 52
Glenwood, MD 21738
877-997-8368
worldwideshelters.org