Friends, donors and community members: we’re moving! Please take note of our new office location starting Sept. 1 and update your records.

    10440 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Suite 230
    Columbia, MD, 21044

    Our phone number has remained the same: 410-730-7840. Contact us if you need assistance locating our new office or have further questions.

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    We look forward to continuing to support your philanthropic needs.

    Assisting our community impacted by the Ellicott City 2018 Flood

    The Relief Fund was established by the Community Foundation of Howard County to help address needs in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy within Howard County. All administrative fees have been waived, and 100% of all gifts received, minus any PayPal processing fees, will be granted.


    What language should we use when soliciting gifts for the Howard County Community Relief Fund?

    The preferred language to use when soliciting gifts for the Fund, is “…for the benefit of the Howard County Community Relief fund at the Community Foundation of Howard County…”

    What link should we use on our website or our marketing materials?

    The current url is This will take you directly to the donate page. If you would like general flood and Relief Fund information, it can be found on our main homepage:

    Can people purchasing tickets receive a gift receipt?

    If your organization is tax exempt and you would like to provide a gift receipt to those purchasing tickets, we would encourage you to speak with your accountant to determine what the charitable deductible portion would be.  If it is appropriate for your organization to provide a gift receipt, you might consider putting a statement on your ticket purchasing site and in the email confirmation.   EXAMPLE: “Please retain this receipt for your tax records as $___ of each ticket purchased is tax deductible.”

    How do we issue a payment to the Fund?

    You may send a single check (or contributions along the way) made payable to the Community Foundation of Howard County. Please include a letter that says the contribution is for the Howard County Community Relief fund. Also, state if there are any further designations, such as a specific need or area impacted. Funds cannot be directed to a specific business or individual.

    Howard County Government: information on Main Street Access; Disaster Assistance Center and flood updates.

    The following organizations are available to support those in need of help at this time:

    American Red Cross
    Community Action Council of Howard County: Food Bank
    Howard County Housing & Community Development
    Howard County Economic Development Authority
    Howard County Government Department of Public Works
    Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services
    Howard County Health Department
    Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation
    Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation ‘s Workforce Development,  Occupational Safety and Licensing, and Division of Unemployment Insurance
    Maryland Insurance Administration
    Maryland Department of Human Services
    Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    US Postal Service
    Maryland Small Business Development Center
    Office of Elijah Cummings
    Legal Aid of Howard County

    Trash and Storm Debris Removal: County residents can bring storm debris to the Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have items such as furniture and other household items that have been damaged or destroyed, schedule a curbside bulk trash pickup by contacting the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444.

    Flood Hotline: For information and assistance regarding flood-related issues, call 410-313-2900. For emergencies, call 911.

    Crisis Hotline: Those who are struggling to process the events of the past week or are encountering other mental health challenges can contact the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677.

    Prescription Medication: Residents in the 21041, 21042, 21043, 21045, 21228 and 21229 zip codes can fill prescriptions for a 30-day supply regardless of the most recent fill date. The waiver will stay in place until the state of emergency lifts.

    Property Assistance: The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is encouraging residents whose real property has been damaged to contact the Department, as they may qualify to have their property assessments reduced. Rebuilding Together Howard County helps provide free repairs to those in need and repairs can be applied for on their website.

    Legal Support: The Howard County Bar Association can be reached at 410-313-3858 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions regarding insurance coverage, loss of inventory, leases or property damages.

    Business and Employment Support: The Facebook group “Keep Ellicott City Working” has been re-opened and offers a list of local job opportunities. Businesses with space office, storage or retail space that could be used by a business-in-need can email the Howard County Chamber.

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What's New

Did you know?

  • The Department of Housing and Community Development has opened the process for households whose primary residence was damaged or destroyed in the May flooding to apply for grants assistance. Learn more here.
  • As of 2:00 p.m. July 23, CFHoCo has received $420,000 in donations from our generous community members and partners.
  • The foundation is working with Ellicott City District Partnership and the United Way of Central Maryland to develop the application process for those affected by the flood. Our goal is to make the application available at the end of July.  If you would like to receive notification about the application process, please sign up for our information list.

Donor Appreciation

Thank you to our community partners who have supported the Howard County Community Relief Fund:

  • ALDI, Inc.
  • Apostolic Christian Church of Maryland
  • Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors
  • Black Flag Brewery
  • Bonnie Branch Middle School
  • Cargil Salt
  • Carroll County Association of Realtors
  • Chesapeake Shakespeare
  • Christ Church Prince George Parish/The Bargain Box
  • Church of the Resurrection
  • Columbia Bank
  • Exelon/Constellation
  • Dankmeyer, Inc.
  • Data Canopy
  • Flying Dog Brewery, LLP
  • Global Giving Foundation
  • Hammond High School
  • Hittman Family Foundation
  • Hoffberger Foundation
  • Howard Chapel Ridgeville
  • Howard County Estate Planning Council
  • Jazzercise
  • JO Spice
  • The Kahlert Foundation
  • Lily Pulitzer
  • Marriotts Ridge High School
  • Passanante’s Home Food Service
  • Soloman’s Porch Worship Center
  • St. Matthews United Methodist Church
  • Stone Bridge Advisors
  • Telugu Association of Maryland
  • Tenable Network Security, Inc.
  • The Pacifico Family Fund of In Faith Community Foundation
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation
  • Turf Valley
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard in partnership with the Dianne & Michael Canney Foundation
  • Veterans Elementary School
  • Wegmans