Three years from now, if a determined group of nonprofit leaders succeeds, a family struggling with domestic violence, mental health and financial issues will be able to get help with all three issues in a single visit to the new Howard County Nonprofit Center.
Nonprofits are critical to the well-being of Howard County. Their programs and services fill the gap between what government can provide and what is profitable for the business community to provide.
Even after acute-care hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation services, many adults with brain injury and brain disorders still have functional deficits that require ongoing rehabilitation. However, they often lack the insurance coverage to afford continuity of treatment. It is also difficult to find all of the necessary services under one roof.
Howard and Anne Arundel counties are places where people want to live. The question is: Can they afford to even consider it?
Americans are driving less.
The reasons for this are numerous and varied, but per capita miles driven have decreased every year since 2005. This drop in miles driven has been mirrored by an interest in improved facilities for active transportation — bicycling, walking and more — in communities across the county, including Howard County.
For years, some funders and nonprofits have held to the belief that an organization with low overhead was an efficiently run, solid organization. This notion seemed to become more widely accepted during the recession years when foundations and other funders were faced with less money to distribute and determined that an organization’s overhead was a good measure of how much “bang for the buck” a funder would get for its contribution.
The words “philanthropy” and “sustainable investing” often are uttered in the same sentence. Yet they are different disciplines. They do have several touch points, such as an appeal to a similar group of individuals and institutions, the growing interest in sustainable investing by charitable foundations and the emergence of impact investing.
Last year, Columbia Association (CA) completed “Community for a Lifetime: Columbia Association’s Comprehensive Plan for Serving the Older Adult Community,” which was approved in April 2014 by CA’s board of directors.
The time when a student is preparing to leave high school is full of hope and promise — for a job, for independence and for a sense of accomplishment. Some students who receive special education services, like Danny White, age 18, from Ellicott City, are benefiting from extra help in their transition to adulthood and being part of the workforce. That is the mission of Project SEARCH, launched in Howard County government sites last fall.
With the projection that 20% of the U.S. population will be older than age 65 by 2030, it is no surprise that the Howard County senior population may reach that a decade earlier. In addition to long-time residents who don’t want to leave familiar homes, activities, medical care, friends and family, there is a steady stream of new residents who have moved to the county to be near adult children and enjoy the many benefits of the community.