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Horizon Foundation donates $1 million in grants to Howard County organizations fighting the coronavirus

The Horizon Foundation is donating $1 million in grants to various Howard County health institutions and organizations that are working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Howard County General Hospital is receiving the largest grant of $500,000. This grant will go toward keeping all “frontline health care workers safe, housed and fed” during the pandemic, as well as providing technology to patients so they can be in touch with loved ones, according to a Monday news release.

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“Our team is working tirelessly to care for patients and this new gift will allow us to better support our staff on the front lines, especially as we prepare for a surge of patients in coming weeks,” Steve Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital, said in a statement.

“They are our heroes, and we want to make sure they have the support they need to continue to care for patients.”

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The Horizon Foundation, an independent philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and wellness of county residents, is spreading the funds among local mental health organizations, homeless shelters and residential programs, and is helping provide personal protective equipment to those in need.

“The Horizon Foundation is committed to helping our community address rising needs, particularly for our heroes fighting the pandemic on the front lines and our most vulnerable community members,” Greg Olaniran, chair of the Horizon Foundation board, said in a statement. “Together, we will get through this.”

Howard County has recorded at least 386 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight residents have died as of Monday, according to state officials.

In addition to Howard County General Hospital, the grants are being divided between:

  • Health Facilities Association of Maryland: $125,000 will go toward providing personal protective equipment, food and temporary housing for health care workers at 25 assisted living, skilled nursing and other alternative living facilities in the county
  • $100,000 will go toward supporting various organizations that assist with mental health needs
  • Humanim, a social impact organization focusing on human services throughout Maryland: $75,000 will go providing personal protective equipment for staff, food for health care workers and supporting safe distancing for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in residential programs
  • Chase Brexton Health Care: $50,000 will help provide technology to support telecommuting and telehealth opportunities and personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for staff
  • Gilchrist Hospice: $50,000 to provide personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and technology for patients
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center: $50,000 will go toward providing personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies for staff and temporary housing for homeless individuals and families
  • The Arc of Howard County: $50,000 will help provide personal protective equipment for staff and support safe distancing for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Arc’s residential programs

Last month, the Horizon Foundation, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Howard County, United Way of Central Maryland and Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, established HoCoRespond.com to raise funds to provide grants to nonprofits. The website has received more than $100,000 in donations.

The Horizon Foundation also plans to install banners this week at Howard County General Hospital that read, “Howard County’s Heroes Work Here.”

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