Holiday Hope: Neighbors in Need Year Round aims to fill gaps that would otherwise go unmet

Human Service Programs of Carroll County has a Neighbors in Need Year Round fund to fill gaps in its existing programs and leverage. Neighbors in Need Year Round is one of the beneficiaries of Holiday Hope, an annual campaign with the Carroll County Times.

With winter holidays around the corner, many people have begun looking for gifts for friends and family.

But at Human Services Programs of Carroll County, people need more than that — like baby wipes and diapers, laundry detergent, cleaning and kitchen supplies, as well as emergency assistance.


That’s where its Neighbors in Need Year Round fund comes in.

“Neighbors in Need Year Round fills the gaps in funding to needs that would otherwise go unmet or used to leverage with other funds to better increase success rates,” said HSP Executive Director Scott Yard.

And HSP’s Neighbors in Need Year Round is one of five beneficiaries of Holiday Hope, the Carroll County Times’ annual campaign aimed at driving donations to organizations that help those in need in the Carroll County community. In addition to Neighbors in Need Year Round, the Times also partners with Access Carroll, Carroll Food Sunday, Carroll Hospice and The Shepherd's Staff.

This year, the Holiday Hope campaign goal is to raise $120,000 for the five organizations. To participate in Holiday Hope, readers need only clip the advertisement that appears in the newspaper every day between now and Christmas, or go to and print out the form.

Last year, Neighbors in Need Year Round received about $14,000 through the Holiday Hope campaign, and those funds were split between four programs: emergency and prevention, the Family Support Program, shelter and housing, and workforce development.

And within those four programs, there are about 20 levels of assistance, the director said.

“Helping people seems easy,” said Yard, “but it’s complicated when you do it right. We don’t like to say we give a handout, we give a hand up — a lot of what we do is give people the tools [to succeed].”

Yard said that much of HSP’s support comes from the county. Its 10 Distillery Drive building in Westminster is donated from the county, leaving the organization full use of its funds to pay employees and help the community.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the county and commissioners,” he said. “We want to show appreciation for the support because without the support of the Carroll County government and them donating the facilities, we would not be able to provide the services we do.”

But additional funds also help HSP fulfill its mission: to give hope, inspire change, and provide opportunity by mobilizing the community in the fight against poverty.

Funding through Neighbors in Need Year Round also provides support for eviction prevention and security deposits, maintenance of a garden that provided 603 pounds of fresh vegetables to 484 households this year, and ESOL and GED classes taught by professors from Carroll Community College.

“We can’t provide any services without our partners,” said Yard. “It’s all about partnerships. We can’t do any of it with just us. The whole community has to get involved.”

More information on Human Service Programs of Carroll County and the ways it can help the community can be found at or Facebook page, and staff can be reached by phone at 410-857-2999.