Community Action Council of Howard County's mission is to diminish poverty, enable self-sufficiency and advocate for low-income families and individuals.  CAC's programs include early childhood education, housing assistance, energy and weatherization, and food assistance.  
CAC of Howard County Newsletter, Winter 2018
Message from the President  
In America, we define basic needs programs as those that enable low-income people to receive help with the necessities of food, health care, housing/utilities and education and support for work.  In Howard County, several of these programs are administered by the Community Action Council.

Many budgetary threats have been made to these programs in the past and unfortunately continue today.

When you work directly in administering programs that help feed and shelter families, and when you are the organization that helps families keep their heat during the bitter cold months of winter, then the threats are no longer a matter of percentages or statistics. They are not about the faceless people, they are not just deficit-cutting formulas - they are much more serious.  They are about the people, the children, the elderly, the veterans, and the disabled friends and neighbors who live in Columbia, Ellicott City, Laurel, Elkridge, and many other places in our community.  They are about our parents, grandparents, children and other family members.

The federal government's proposed FY 2019 budget would slash programs, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, by $1.66 trillion over a decade. Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, which provide aid to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, would be cut by $72 billion. From cutting housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps and college work-study to completely eliminating programs like home heating and cooling assistance for low-income people and food packages for low-income seniors, the President's FY19 budget would leave millions of Americans without the assistance they need.  At least 35,000 of those Americans live right here in Howard County and come to CAC for assistance. What would happen without these programs and services?

While the President's budget as a whole does not move through Congress or become law, it is a statement of priorities. 

I have no doubt that if we were each asked to list the priorities in our lives, we would have our families as one of our top priorities.   As servants of our community, CAC understands the importance of continuing to support the most basic needs of our vulnerable residents.

We hope and respectfully request that you partner with us and support us to serve our community as we collectively prepare for a challenging budgetary year ahead.

Weatherization Provides Relief from Extreme Temperatures, High Energy Bills

For 14 years, LaMona Linder struggled to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer in her home. That finally ended after her application to the Maryland Energy Assistance Program was approved, and the Community Action Council of Howard County conducted a comprehensive energy audit and contracted two companies to weatherize her home. 


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Dasher Green Head Start Students Can Bank on Staying Warm This Winter

All 120 preschoolers at Dasher Green Head Start in Columbia received a new coat, thanks to the Howard Hurricanes Connect Team, a group of 20 Sandy Spring Bank employees and sales partners.

Each CAC team member strives for excellence in our quest to enhance the  lives of those in our community. We realize it takes a tremendous team effort from each and every member of our staff. 


Welcome and get to know CAC's   NEW EMPLOYEES.

Vantage House Residents Have the Drive to Volunteer and Collect Food

For Vantage House residents, collecting food + volunteering = a good time. This Columbia retirement community, driven largely by the energy and enthusiasm of one of its 92-year-old residents, contributes to the Howard County Food Bank while simultaneously enjoying themselves.

CAC's Head Start Centers Excel 

All four of CAC's Head Start Centers have been given top ratings. 

Head Start Parents Take Steps to Get Ahead in Life

Seven Head Start parents participated in a Getting Ahead program designed to build more prosperous lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. 


CAC's dedicated staff of 100 employees provides services for 36,000 individuals every year.  Help us help the most vulnerable in Howard County by VOLUNTEERING or through financial or 
in-kind  DONATIONS.  Your generous contributions help CAC: 
  • Operate the Howard County Food Bank and its 14 food pantries throughout Howard County
  • Offer full-day, full-year education for more than 300 pre-K children
  • Provide energy assistance and weatherization
  • Prevent homelessness through housing assistance
To donate to the Community Action Council, visit our WEBSITE or contact Jen Grieb at (410) 313-6174.