In July, County Executive Calvin Ball announced $1 million in HoCo RISE grants to social services nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Howard County. CAMOM and several other organizations were among the recipients. The grant money comes from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community, while the grants will be administered by the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
In announcing the funding, Ball explained in the Columbia Patch, "Our nonprofit community has worked tirelessly during this pandemic to support our most vulnerable, and we need to help the helpers." He continued, "If we want to be successful on our road to recovery, we must lift up our nonprofits and our community that wakes up every day asking themselves, 'how can we help?' These grants will ensure that our nonprofits have the resources, funding, and operations to continue their important daily work to support our residents."
"We are extremely grateful to County Executive Ball for his leadership during the pandemic and for the $5,000 HoCo RISE Grant we received," shared CAMOM Co-Presidents Krista MacGahan and Maria Strohmayer in a joint statement. "It provides us with the means to support operational costs, upgrade technology and safety measures at our major consignment sale fundraisers, and develop hybrid in-person/online programming so that we can continue to foster support and connection within families of multiples in our area."
RISE is an acronym for 'Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively'. Other nonprofit organizations in the health and human services, youth services, business assistance and workforce development sectors within Howard County also received HoCo RISE Grants from the County.