PHILANTHROPY & VOLUNTEERING

Rising Stars

ONE-OF-A-KIND HOWARD COUNTY PROGRAM EMPOWERS YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS STORY BY Rebecca Kirkman      PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella September/October 2017 On a Wednesday evening in April, an entrepreneurial urgency seems to fill the room as about 20 young women tackle challenges that come with a start-up business—like what to include in... Read more →

Pioneering Women

FIVE WOMEN WHO HELPED CREATE A COMMUNITY Heather Kirk-Davidoff, Amanda Loudin March 2017/April 2017 Everyone knows that Columbia is a “planned community.” But who, exactly, planned it? James Rouse and his staff, along with the 14 experts who constituted a “Work Group,” came up with the design for streets and... Read more →

A Helping Hand

December 2016/January 2017 Once the shock had worn off from the July 30 flood – or perhaps even before – Howard County citizens began taking action. Neighbor helped neighbor and business helped business. No one, it seems, was content to sit still in the wake of the devastation. As you... Read more →

TAKE THE HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 5K CHALLENGE!

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 If you’re going to blow a hamstring, it ought to be for a great cause. Luckily, the Howard Community College (HCC) 5K Challenge is one of the best. Now in its third year, the “run, climb, crawl” race promotes wellness and raises scholarship money for HCC students, nearly half... Read more →

THE MILLIE BAILEY FUND SUPPORTS AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 Running Brook Elementary’s motto is Reaching the Best in Every Student. Now, thanks to a Community Foundation of Howard County fund named for one of Running Brook’s biggest supporters, the Columbia school will have more resources to fulfill its important mission. The Millie Bailey Fund, established by Mary and... Read more →

A NEW SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS YOUNG BOYS

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 The Community Foundation of Howard County’s new Carlessia Hussein Scholarship aids an oft-overlooked group of kids: middle school boys. Hussein, former director of the Maryland Minority Health and Health Disparities, has dedicated her life to supporting disenfranchised populations, says Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.... Read more →

ALL INCLUSIVE

Rec and Parks’ sports programs don’t leave anyone out BY Barbara Pash      PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella MARCH/APRIL 2016 Jena Jones plays sports practically year-round. From early fall to the end of October, she plays volleyball. January to early March is basketball season. From early March to the... Read more →

POWER OF THE PURSE 2015

Pam Long Photography SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2015 The 2015 Power of the Purse fundraiser, held at Fretz Kitchen Showroom in June, was the most successful in its four-year history. The event, which features both gently used and new purses for sale, raised more than $18,000, with proceeds going to Blossoms of... Read more →

Still teaching after all these years

The benefactors of the Howard County Conservancy ensure that their beloved farm continues a legacy of education STORY BY Beth Rubin     PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2015 From the porch of the white clapboard farmhouse at the Howard County Conservancy on a sunny day, it’s easy... Read more →

Follow the Leader

WOMEN GUIDING WOMEN ON THE ROAD TO THE TOP STORY BY Holly Smith      PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2015 What makes so many strong, successful women especially remarkable? Their willingness to share what they’ve learned by offering guidance and a cheering section to the equally ambitious... Read more →

“PINK NIGHT” TAKES ON BREAST CANCER

SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2015 A little known fact: Five hundred bras laid end-to-end can stretch about two miles. If you don’t believe it, check out Maple Lawn’s annual Pink Night, an October evening devoted to the fight against breast cancer. Mary Jordan, owner of Bra-La-La in Fulton created the event in... Read more →

Greek Tales

The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha are friends for life STORY BY Karen Nitkin PHOTOGRAPHY BY André Chung At 82, Ethel Hill is energetic and chic, her lively face framed by a stylish gray bob and silver earrings. In the sunken living room of the Running Brook home where she... Read more →

Someone to look up to

SOMEONE TO LOOK UP TO STORY BY Barbara Pash PHOTOGRAPHY BY André Chung When St. John Baptist Church started its mentoring program in 1992, no similar programs existed in Howard County. At least, that’s the way Carolyn Gayle, of St. John’s program, remembers it. “We were the first,” says Gayle,... Read more →

FOLLOWING THE CALL

THE SISTERS OF BON SECOURS WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE COMMUNITY STORY BY Heather Kirk-Davidoff PHOTOGRAPHY BY Lisa Shires The Sisters of Bon Secours lost their connection recently. The Wi-Fi wasn’t working, perhaps the result of the morning’s high winds. Those who needed a reminder of their duties for the bimonthly... Read more →

UNDER THE RED TENT

By Karen Nitkin Four times a year about 100 women in the Red Tent Club meet in Monteabaro Hall at Howard Community College for dinner and drinks, then take their seats in the Smith Theatre for a presentation that might be about religion, history, food or doing good in the... Read more →

BUILT BY WOMEN

By Karen Nitkin Building homes and revitalizing communities is all in a day’s work for participants in the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s Women Build program.  The all-female build days are scheduled about once a month and take place in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties, as well as... Read more →

3RD ANNUAL POWER OF THE PURSE EVENT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

Her Mind magazine is excited to announce yet another successful Power of the Purse! Held at Fretz Kitchen Showroom June 10, 2014, this event raised over $12,000 to be donated to Blossoms of Hope in support of Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital and Business Women’s... Read more →

MAKING CHANGE

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL STABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS, FOR SOME FAMILIES, MAY BE A SIMPLE CONVERSATION.   The difference between financial stability and homelessness, for some families, may be a simple conversation. MakingChange, a financial counseling nonprofit in Howard County, helps to provide the coaching and support many lower-wage workers need... Read more →

PET LOVERS CHARITABLE FUND

PET LOVERS TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN WITH NEW CHARITABLE FUND What happens to pets when money is tight and people can’t afford to care for their furry friends any longer? A Howard County resident, Ruth Dumont, recently established a special fund to help ends meet for pet owners. “Many... Read more →

GETTING IT RIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING

GETTING IT RIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO GIFTS, SOMETIMES WE KNOW OURSELVES BEST Casey Baynes In 2000, Casey Baynes went from running her family warehouse business to founding Casey Cares Foundation, a charitable nonprofitthat provides programs for critically ill children and their families. It was a dramatic career change but... Read more →

WISHFUL THINKING

WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT. Martha Thomas, Editor When it comes to gifts, sometimes we know ourselves best In my early 30s I decided to just go ahead and buy myself a charm bracelet. I found a gold link bracelet and began purchasing charms: a tiny pair of horses was my life... Read more →

NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

NURSING SCHOLARSHIP HONORS ELLICOTT CITY TEEN LOST IN TRAIN DERAILMENT   Nursing students at Howard Community College (HCC) will receive a financial boost thanks to the support of Mark and Sharon Mayr, parents of Rose Mayr (pictured), who was tragically killed in last year’s Ellicott City train derailment. Rose, an... Read more →

WOMEN ’S GIVING CIRCLE

THE SECOND ANNUAL CITY GIVES PROGRAM, HONORING TWO WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY Event Honors Best of Howard County Even some of the most accomplished and generous women in Howard County sometimes don’t realize the impact they have made on their community. The second annual City Gives program, honoring two women in... Read more →

REACHING OUT TO CHILDREN WITH THE HELP OF CHICKENS

COUNTING ON CHICKS BOOK IS ABOUT CHILDREN WHO GIVE CHICKENS TO OTHER CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SO THEY CAN HELP FEED THEIR FAMILIES For two Fulton women, a recently released children’s book, “Counting on Chickens” was the proverbial rainbow after rain made real. Julie Phillips and Julie Kaplan, co-authors of... Read more →

COMMUNITY AND GREAT CAUSES IN THE BAG

HER MIND MAGAZINE PUTS COMMUNITY AND GREAT CAUSES IN THE BAG Posted on June 10, 2013 by Jodi in Event, Everyday Good People, Good Communities, You Are in Good Company, Jodi Kerr whodidgoodtoday.com Just as a purse can pull together an outfit, Her Mind Magazine used the perfect purse as... Read more →

GIRLS HELPING GIRLS

STORY BY Jason Tinney HOWARD COUNTY GIRLS ADVOCATE CHILD MARRIAGE AND EDUCATION. Maya James, a 15-year-old student at Oakland Mills High recently described her reaction to a story of a 10-year-old girl forced into an arranged marriage: “It made me angry, because at the age of 10, I thought boys... Read more →

LEND A HELPING HAND

[ By Martha Thomas ] You don’t have to be a wealthy philanthropist to contribute to the community. Nor do you need to have a cleared calendar to give of your time. There are plenty of ways to ensure that even small donations – of both money and time –... Read more →

BALANCING ACT

MARY ANN SCULLY DISCUSSES WORK, LIFE AND GIVING BACK Mary Ann Scully, president and CEO of Howard Bank, has worked in the banking industry for more than 35 years. She’s also devoted to giving back to the community, not just as a founder of a local bank, but with past... Read more →

HAVE FUN, DO GOOD

Fall is the season for fundraising galas, and this year does not disappoint. Two popular events will highlight Howard County’s charitable activities – City Gives, hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) and the Gilchrist Hospice Care event, Taste & Auction. The Women’s Giving Circle’s annual event,... Read more →

STILLPOINT MAKES A POINT OF GIVING BACK

ON 22 MAY 2012. POSTED IN PHILANTHROPY & VOLUNTEERING ARCHIVE Once upon a time, Marla Peoples worked in the corporate world. A human resources trainer, her schedule was busy, her job was stressful, and she developed migraine headaches. “I was giving myself injections” of medication to help with the pain,... Read more →


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