The Community Action Council (CAC) of Howard County has been named a Baltimore Sun “Top Workplace” for 2011. The contest was open to all for-profit or not-for-profit public and private companies with more than 50 employees.
“We are very excited about this honor,” said Bita Dayhoff, president and a 20-plus year veteran of the Community Action Council. “We have extremely dedicated employees who are tireless advocates for the needs of Howard County’s low-income residents. We know how stressful the job can be, and we do our best to support our employees, be sensitive to their needs and make sure they know they are an important part of our team.”
Businesses that earned a spot on the Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces’ list were selected based on surveys completed by employees. Those surveys looked at leadership, opportunities for advancement, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. There were also questions on the survey such as: are new ideas encouraged, do you feel appreciated, are you kept informed and does your supervisor listen to you.
“Most people think that Howard County is an affluent community, and generally that is true. But in today’s challenging economy, there are still many families struggling to keep a roof over their head, put food on the table, buy school supplies and warm coats for their children. Bita and her staff do an amazing job of helping individuals and families escape the vicious cycle of poverty. When you are part of something so meaningful, it just makes you feel good about your job,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
Community Action Council of Howard County has been serving the low-income sector of the county for more than 45 years. Some of CAC’s services include housing assistance, energy assistance, weatherization, financial planning and management, assets for independence, Howard County Food Bank and Head Start.
The survey results will be published on December 4 in the Top Workplaces special magazine section that will be inserted in the Sunday Sun and online at the baltmoresun.com. An award ceremony will be held on Wed., November 30 at 6 p.m. at the Sun.