By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director of Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County
It goes without saying that it is a very challenging time for many of us right now.
As we try to adjust to the new daily realities for ourselves and our families during the unprecedented coronavirus public health crisis, it is heartening to see Howard County come together to harness the power of philanthropy to make a difference in our community.
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC) is proud to be coordinating with other funders to rapidly raise funds and deploy critical resources to nonprofits in Howard County through HoCoRespond.com, with the goal of raising $100,000 by early April.
We are working closely with the Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, and United Way of Central Maryland to assess where assistance may be needed, accept donations and provide funding to nonprofits on the frontline of support, focusing on food security, housing, childcare and healthcare. And, we are coordinating with peers in philanthropy, government and business to respond to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Howard County.
Nonprofits that meet the basic needs of Howard County residents will be able to apply for operating support in early April.
The WGC has been building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County for the last 19 years. We bring women together to learn about issues impacting our community and pool our dollars to fund programs that address those issues.
We will continue to explore the path forward in providing relief to our community and look forward to working with others to make a bigger difference together than we might otherwise make alone.
Won’t you join us? We are all in this together.