Whether you’re looking to contribute to a worthy cause or need services yourself, Howard County offers many resources to help. The following list is a broad sample of the nonprofit organizations actively making the county a better place to live.
All Creatures Great & Small Wildlife Center
Provides care for small mammals and birds that are ill, injured or orphaned.
10111 Silver Twine Lane, Columbia
Animal Advocates of Howard County
Promotes animal adoption, offers free spay and neuter programs to low-income pet owners, and advocates against animal cruelty.
P.O. Box 1403, Ellicott City
Animal Welfare Society of Howard County
Shelter assisting with veterinary services and adoption for unwanted pets.
8556 Davis Road, Columbia
Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat
Provides shelter and care to abused and neglected farm animals and raises money to meet their needs.
3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City
Canine Humane Network
No-kill rescue dedicated to saving the lives of homeless dogs, providing a safe haven, humane foster care and adoption programs.
9557 Red Apple Lane, Columbia
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected horses.
1372 Woodbine Road, Woodbine
Frisky’s Wildlife and 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
Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
Volunteer-run organization that rescues, rehabilitates and finds new homes for horses facing slaughter.
17250 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy
Howard County Beekeepers
Provides its membership with a forum for sharing knowledge in honey beekeeping.
8761 Guilford Road, Columbia
Small Miracles Cat & Dog Rescue
Operates a no-kill shelter dedicated to providing care and finding homes for cats and dogs.
10236 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
Tara’s House, Inc.
Rescues and provides care and compassion for pets while working to place them in permanent, loving homes.
8775 Centre Park Drive, Suite 258, Columbia
A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc.
Recruits, trains and screens adult mentors and tutors to work one-on-one with Howard County elementary school children to improve children’s academic and social development.
P.O. Box 871, Columbia
Arc of Howard County
Funds programs, such as job training and respite care, to benefit developmentally disabled citizens of Howard County and their families.
11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City
Provides educational, residential and employment services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
9104 Red Branch Road, Columbia
Building Families for Children
Helps abused and neglected children and works with underprivileged families to provide foster care, parenting classes and other assistance.
7161-A Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
Operates a therapeutic summer day camp for children with serious emotional and behavioral problems.
8640 Guilford Road, Suite 220, Columbia
Center for Social Change
Provides residential programs and training for the developmentally disabled.
6600 Amberton Drive, Elkridge
Changing Destinations Journey to Excellence
Works to inspire a renewed desire for academic, social and personal success in middle and high school students.
8630 M Guilford Road, Suite 174, Columbia
Colleen & Erin Marlatt Scholarship Foundation
Provides scholarships to children of Catholic school teachers and administrators.
P.O. Box 321, Clarksville
Factory Athletics Foundation
The charitable arm of the Baseball Factory and Softball Factory promotes baseball and softball education and quality of life for children.
9212 Berger Road, Suite 200, Columbia
The First Tee of Howard County
Provides educational programs for young people that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through golf.
Fairway Hills Golf Club, 5100 Columbia Road, Columbia
Girls on the Run of Central Maryland
Encourages preteen girls to develop healthy lifestyles and boost self-esteem through running.
9150 Rumsey Road, Suite A7, Columbia
Helps teens avoid alcohol and drugs through educational programs for parents and youth at the county’s schools and libraries.
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206, Columbia
Adaptive Living Inc.*
Provides residential and community living support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
11089 Swansfield Road, Columbia
Howard County Autism Society
Provides programs and conducts advocacy for people on all areas of the autism spectrum.
10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia
Provides workforce development services for individuals with disabilities.
6355 Woodside Court, Columbia
Educates the community about therapeutic horseback riding; provides counseling and equine-facilitated support services for the purpose of recreation, exercise, sport and rehabilitative therapy.
3244 Danmark Drive, Glenwood
Le’Chic Academy Foundation
Works to inspire children ages 5 to 18 with the guidance, resources and tools required to be confident, cultivated and self-assured, decision-making leaders.
P.O. Box 6472, Columbia
The Leon Day Foundation
Connects children with baseball history by making it “relevant and exciting.”
P.O. Box 511, Ellicott City
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
Promotes economic and workforce development strategies to include individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment.
10270 Old Columbia Road, Suite 100, Columbia
Mia Sutphin Foundation
Supports programs to benefit children in need through direct health care and health outreach.
9095 Furrow Ave., Ellicott City
Works to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.
4967 Moonfall Way, Columbia
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
Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center Inc.
Provides physical and occupational therapy services to children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
3750 Shady Lane, Glenwood
Voices for Children
Recruits and trains volunteers to represent children in Howard County court cases involving family placement.
8358 Main St., second floor, Ellicott City
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
Bright Minds Foundation
Provides support and services to Howard County public school children.
10910 Route 108, Ellicott City
Children & Company Cooperative Preschool
A cooperative preschool run by its members.
5355 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia
Supports academic achievement of Hispanic students in Howard County.
P.O. Box 6997, Columbia
Friends of the Howard County Library System
Raises funds, sponsors educational initiatives and provides volunteers for the library system.
9411 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
Helping Hands Enrichment & Leadership Foundation
Provides a supplemental learning program for elementary school students, including the academically at-risk, and to assist them in reaching, maintaining and exceeding grade level expectations.
10227 Wincopin Circle, P.O. Box 1200, Columbia
Howard Community College Education Foundation
Raises money for the community college to fund scholarships, grants, facilities, equipment and programs.
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Maryland Educatorsof Gifted Students
Enhances curriculum, instruction and achievement for all students.
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia
The Pick Me Up Foundation
Provides musical instruments, equipment and music lessons to needy kids.
7112 Brandywine Way, Columbia
Works to ignite and nurture a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through events and activities for youth and their families.
3000 Route 97, Suite 203
U.S. Dream Academy
Holds afterschool and mentoring programs to help thousands of at-risk youth, especially children of incarcerated parents.
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia
The Beacon Institute
Offers education, scholarships and research in senior and long-term care.
10280 Old Columbia Road, Columbia
410- 381-1176, lifespan-network.org
Coalition of Geriatric Services
A group of agencies, companies and individuals who provide services for older adults.
P.O. Box 2131, Ellicott City
Provides door-to-door transportation for people age 60 and older at a modest price.
5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 102, Columbia
A retirement community offering residents a lifetime of services and enriching wellness, intellectual and social growth opportunities within fiscally responsible parameters.
5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia
Provides adult day care programs and assisted living services.
5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
Center for Watershed Protection
An organization dedicated to protecting and restoring watersheds through effective land and water management.
3290 North Ridge Road, Ellicott City
HoCo Climate Change
A group of volunteers working to fight climate change and promote clean energy.
10306 Champions Way, Laurel
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
Works to inspire, educate and lead by example to reverse the adverse effects of human activities on earth and preserve and restore its natural resources for future generations.
10245 Old Columbia Road, Columbia
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Inc.
Provides resources to support environmental education in schools, nature centers and informal settings throughout the state.
10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B-215, Columbia
Maryland Recycling Network
Promotes sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling.
P.O. Box 1640, Columbia
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
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.
2814 Montclair Drive, Ellicott City
FISH of Howard County
Provides emergency food, supplies and financial assistance to needy residents.
P.O. Box 34, Ellicott City
Food on the 15th
Delivers free groceries and toiletries to economically challenged senior citizens in Howard County around the third week of each month.
P.O. Box 2131, Ellicott City
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Delivers meals to people who are homebound because of age or disability.
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Suite 215, Columbia
S.A.F.E. Food Pantry
Works to provide gluten-free and allergy friendly food to those in need.
5305 Village Center Drie, Suite 274, Columbia
American Heart Association
Promotes cardiovascular health through partnerships and local health campaigns. Local events include the annual Heart Ball fundraiser.
217 E. Redwood St., Baltimore
American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region
Provides disaster assistance, blood donations and various certifications and training.
4800 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore
Advances the quality of life for people in post-acute and long-term care by inspiring, educating and recognizing health care professionals.
11000 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 405, Columbia
American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation
Supports initiatives in the research and development of advanced breast disease treatments and technologies in order to improve the standards for patient care and education.
10330 Old Columbia Road, Suite 100, Columbia
Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund
Raises money for cancer research and treatment for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
1022 Philip Powers Drive, Laurel
Provides advocacy and resources to those suffering from arthritis and chronic joint pain.
9891 Broken Land Parkway, Columbia
Offers education and workshops to help caregivers and promote community wellness.
10065 Windstream Drive, Columbia
Cancer Support Foundation
Provides financial assistance to cancer survivors and their caregivers by helping pay for utilities, rent and medicine.
8268 Academy Road, Ellicott City
Carol Jean Cancer Foundation
Provides recreational programs to children with cancer and their families throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.
10718 Cleos Court, Columbia
The Children’s Cancer Foundation
Dedicated to the treatment and cure of childhood cancer.
5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 204, Columbia
Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center
Provides counseling for adults and children living with cancer and helps connect them to resources in the community.
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical Research Institute
Supports research for prevention, treatment and cures for people affected by eye diseases that cause blindness.
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
Gilchrist Hospice Care
Offers a variety of hospice services, including an inpatient facility on Cedar Lane in Columbia.
5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia
Provides services aimed at connecting the uninsured with health care programs and promotes healthy practices in restaurants, schools, child care facilities and workplaces.
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Supports survivors of sexual, dating and domestic violence, and works to change attitudes that allow sexual and domestic violence to happen.
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia
Gives grants to support health and wellness initiatives in Howard County.
10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 200, Columbia
Howard Hospital Foundation
Raises and manages funds for Howard County General Hospital.
10705 Charter Drive, Suite 320, Columbia
Howard County Striders Inc.
Promotes lifetime fitness through running by sponsoring races and training programs for youth and adults.
P.O. Box 563, Columbia
Provides custom cakes worldwide to families with children who are critically ill.
4725 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite A-807, Ellicott City
Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Advocates for families of children and adolescents with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs.
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 119, Columbia
Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
Arranges dental health care and dental appliances for needy, handicapped and elderly people statewide.
6410 Dobbin Road, Suite F, Columbia
Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association
Works collaboratively with patients, families, healthcare providers, federal and state agencies, and other community-based organizations to improve the lives of those affected by sickle-cell disease in Maryland.
8775 Centre Park Drive, Suite 701, Columbia
Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp Fund
Assists young burn survivors and their families by providing a residential summer camp and other activities year-round.
5430 Harris Farm Lane, Clarksville
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
Provides meeting space for 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.
9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia
Seeks to end sexual abuse, empower survivors and teach communities how to recognize the signs and react responsibly.
P.O. Box 2665, Columbia
Provides behavioral and mental health services, including inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
4100 College Ave., P.O. Box 836, Ellicott City
State of Wellness
Works to develop leaders and resources in public health education, worksite health promotion and wellness in order to strengthen policies, programs and environments to enable everyone to benefit from a happier and healthier life.
9622 Basket Ring Road, Columbia
Team Inspiration Inc.
Promoting nutrition, exercise and yoga for those dealing with illness.
6319 Hampton Place, Elkridge
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Supports, educates and empowers young adult cancer survivors.
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Unit 116, Columbia
We Promote Health
Encourages healthy lifestyles through community and school programs, including Family Wellness Day and Get Active Howard County, an annual 10-week fitness initiative.
Zaching Against Cancer
Dedicated to helping students whose lives have been affected by cancer and to helping further cancer research.
6700 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 185, Columbia
History and Culture
African American Art Museum
Promotes a better understanding of and deeper appreciation for traditional African art.
11711 E. Market St., Maple Lawn Community, Fulton
Brings ballet to those who otherwise would not be able to experience it.
Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City
Candlelight Concert Society
Offers professional, world-class chamber music concerts, children’s programs, community outreach programs, master classes and pre-concert lectures and discussions.
9030 Red Branch Road, Suite 230, Columbia
Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts
Offers theater classes, workshops and camps for children and teens.
6655 Dobbin Road, Columbia
Central Maryland Youth Ballet
Offers American Ballet training with the goal of providing quality physical and artistic instruction so that students will develop strong ballet technique.
9570 Berger Road, Suite A, Columbia
Howard County Arts Council
Fosters the arts in Howard County by nurturing local artists and arts organizations, and ensures arts are accessible.
Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society
Community-based organization that produces readings and other literary events for the general public, including students, seniors and ethnic audiences.
Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia
Kinetics Dance Theatre Inc.
A dance company and school of contemporary dance that aims to motivate students and audiences to become more supportive and knowledgeable about the art of dance.
3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City
Aims to publicize wearable art by showcasing the best hair, makeup, costuming and digital art.
9010 Maier Road, Suite 104, Laurel
Maryland National Road Association Inc.
Works to raise awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural and historic resources situated along the Maryland National Road.
12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship
Red Branch Theatre Company
Dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of theatre in audiences through professional performances and passionate acting company.
9130 Red Branch Road, Colmbia
Promotes a welcoming and creative environment for a broad range of talent and experience to come together in a shared love of high-quality theatre.
10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
Suzuki Music School of Maryland
Provides a variety of music lessons and classes for all instruments and voice.
P.O. Box 1284, Columbia
Bridges to Housing Stability
Provides affordable transitional housing and support services for homeless families.
9520 Berger Road, Columbia
Enterprise Community Partners
Works to provide affordable housing through grants and low-interest loans and development projects.
11000 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 700, Columbia
Help End Homelessness Howard County
Raises money to provide houses for homeless families in Howard County.
5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia
National Center for Healthy Housing
Conducts research and promotes findings to make homes safe and healthy.
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500, Columbia
Rebuilding Together Howard County
Provides free home repairs for low-income homeowners in Howard County.
8775 Centre Park Drive, Suite 519, Columbia
Build Haiti Foundation
Lifting Haitian people to a more sustainable and prosperous future.
P.O. Box 6895, Columbia
Beyond All Boundaries
An organization dedicated to assisting underserved communities.
P.O. Box 6262, Columbia
Provides care for abandoned disabled children in Thailand.
P.O. Box 412, Clarksville
Friends of Tapulanga
Provides educational and healthcare assistance to farm communities in Silay City, Philippines, and neighboring areas.
8511 Black Star Circle, Columbia
Help for Underserved Communities Inc.
Provides safe drinking water to communities in Tanzania and educational materials to poor communities in Africa.
P.O. Box 6822, Ellicott City
Jacques A. Clermont Memorial Foundation Inc.
Runs an orphanage for boys ages 8 to 15 in Jacmel, Haiti.
P.O. Box 1304, Columbia
Let Me Shine Guatemala Corporation
Promotes education for children in Guatemala.
P.O. Box 6812, Columbia
Collects and recycles textiles and uses proceeds to fund sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
6730 Santa Barbara Court, Elkridge
Relief and Rehab Asia
Raises money to provide people of Southeast Asia with clean drinking water and helps with disaster relief.
9454 Ellsworth Court, Fulton
301- 435-1778, reliefandrehabasia.org
The Tanzanian Children’s Project
Raising funds to develop and support medical, education and orphan facilities in Tanzania.
P.O. Box 6507, Columbia
Ukraine Children’s Aid Fund
Provides humanitarian aid and support for the children and young people of Ukraine.
P.O. Box 2047, Ellicott City
Provides clean food and water, shelter and education for child waste pickers living in or near trash dumps in Africa and India.
3709 Grosvenor Drive, Ellicott City
We Are Kenya Inc.
Seeks to partner with existing resources in Kenya to provide food, clothing, shelter and education to those in need.
4969 Lee Farm Court, Ellicott City
Braj Dham Seva
Organizes religious and spiritual discussions and provides education, food and medicine to the poor.
8710 Peachtree Lane, Laurel
Christian Counseling Associates
Provides counseling for individuals, couples and families, and offers guest speakers.
9650 Santiago Road, Columbia
Christian Jail Ministry
Works to instill Christian values in inmates and turn them to God by providing chaplaincy services to the Howard County Detention Center.
P.O. 6037, Columbia
Islamic Leadership Institute of America
Promotes leadership development, education and research based on Islamic values and principles.
P.O. Box 726, Clarksville
Jewish Federation of Howard County
Strives to meet the needs of the local Jewish community and of Jews in Israel and worldwide. 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
Educational organization providing information and assistance with traditional Jewish funeral practices.
8112 Sea Water Path, Columbia
Village Life Company
Provides objective clarity and a sense of hope to the news, and encourages the open discussion of issues of interest to people of faith.
P.O. Box 1543, Columbia
Columbia Pregnancy Center
Provides support, counseling and referrals for women with unplanned pregnancies, as well as material assistance when needed.
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 254, Columbia
Pinnacle Empowerment Center
Provides career and life coaching to women having trouble in the workplace.
8180 Lark Brown Road, Suite 301, Elkridge
410-799-1097 ext. 301, empowerctr.org
Women’s Giving Circle
Builds a community of philanthropists in Howard County to address the needs of women and girls.
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 315, Columbia
Association of Community Services of Howard County
A network of human services providers focused on serving individuals and families in Howard County.
10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Community Action Council of Howard County
Provides assistance related to food, housing and energy needs, and runs a Head Start preschool program for low-income children ages 3 to 5.
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
Community Foundation of Howard County
Donates money to nonprofit organizations, grants and scholarships.
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Credit Union Foundation of Maryland and the District of Columbia
Supports credit unions and the communities they serve with programs in financial literacy and leadership.
P.O. Box 190, Glenelg
Assists foreign-born individuals in accessing community resources and opportunities through counseling, informational referral and translation services.
5999 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia
Grassroots Crisis Intervention
Provides 24-hour phone and walk-in crisis counseling, and offers emergency and other shelter programs.
6700 Freetown Road, Columbia
Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund
Provides financing for small businesses unable to receive traditional financing.
9250 Bendix Road, Columbia
Refurbishes computers for donation to educational and charitable institutions.
2670 Route 97, Glenwood
Leadership Howard County
Offers programs aimed at empowering community leaders and engaging them in local issues.
6760 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 260, Columbia
Legal Aid Bureau
Provides a range of free legal services to low-income residents.
3451 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
LTH Foundation Ltd.
Recognizes public servants and eases pain for families whose loved ones died while serving the community.
2145 Grant Farm Road, Marriottsville
Conducts financial seminars for schools, businesses and human service agencies.
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 900, Columbia
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
People Acting Together In Howard
A diverse mix of organizations, including religious institutions, nonprofit organizations and unions, who identify community needs and work to solve a variety of problems.
5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
The Salvation Army Howard County Service Center
Provides assistance related to housing, food and energy needs. Provides holiday assistance and a weeklong summer camp for children ages 7 to 12 in low-income families.
9017 Red Branch Road, Box 420, Columbia
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
Voice of Love
Works to increase the number of language interpreters qualified to work with survivors of torture, war trauma and sexual violence.
4725 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite A-912, Ellicott City