How You Can Help Those Affected By The Flood In Ellicott City!

 

If you’re interested in helping the recovery efforts, here are some ways to do so:

1. The nonprofit Ellicott City Partnership has set up HelpEllicottCity.com to accept donations for businesses, residents and property owners.

The partnership raised and distributed more than $1.85 million in relief funds after the flood of 2016, executive director Maureen Sweeny Smith said.

2. The United Way of Central Maryland said Monday that it has re-established the ECStrong Fund it launched in 2016 to provide humanitarian relief to those affected by the flooding.

United Way said in a news release that 100 percent of donations received through the fund will go directly to providing relief. Residents can also call 211 to reach the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline if they need access to shelter, food and other necessities.

To assist victims of the flooding, text “ECStrong” to 71777 or go to uwcm.org/ECStrong.

3. The Howard County Food Bank, 9385 Gerwig Lane J, Columbia, will accept water, cleaning supplies, flashlights and other donations for Ellicott City Flood Relief every day this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items particularly needed include peanut butter, cereal, canned foods, and supplies such as rubber and work gloves, paper towels, rags, bleach and disposable coveralls.

Those who live or work in Ellicott City and need supplies can pick them up at the food bank between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. this week.

4. The Community Foundation of Howard County created a fund to help assist community members in the aftermath of the flooding.

“The CFHoCo Board uses several factors to decide when to activate the fund, including the severity of the incident, impact on the community, the needs of residents and businesses, and the availability of resources,” the foundation says on its website.

Donors are asked to use this link to make monetary donations.

5. People who want to volunteer can sign up with Howard County officials.

Prospective volunteers can enter their information at howardcountymd.gov/disasterrecoveryvolunteer. Officials will match volunteers with opportunities.

6. If you need to talk to someone to help process your experience, call the Grassroots Hotline at 410-531-6677.

Counselors are available around the clock at the hotline to help people in crisis.

Source: The Baltimore Sun

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