COVID-19 Resources & Updates 

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund will provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people throughout Howard County with a focus on older adults and isolated community members who are in need of food and supplies. Distribution will be overseen by our Community Social Worker, Michalah Hoffman

We're Here for You


Message From Our President, Rachael SImon

If you or someone you know is in need, please contact Michalah or call our office at 410-730-4976 x101.


Ways to Help

Donate to Jewish HoCo's COVID-19 Fund

The Jewish Federation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund provides urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people throughout Howard County with a focus on older adults and isolated community members who are in need of food and supplies. Click here to make a donation.

Donate Food and Supplies to Columbia Community Care

Provide families in the Howard County School System with food and supplies to supplement the Grab-and-Go meals provided by the school system. More information

Donate Food to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

Grassroots needs food donations to distribute to people in need, including coffee, individual packets of regular sugar and coffee creamer, juice boxes and pouches, cereal, pop tarts, instant rice mixes, soup, pasta sauce, jelly, peanut butter, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned meat, canned meals, and 16-20 oz bottles of water. Please drop off at Day Resource Center, 10390 Guilford Road in Jessup, Mon or Wed from 10 am-2 pm and Sat from 9 am-1 pm, or at outside bins at Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia, and New Hope Lutheran Church.

Donate Blood to the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is currently facing shortages due to COVID-19. If you are healthy and can make a blood donation, please schedule an appointment to give the gift of life.

Community Resources


We're Going Virtual

We are all dealing with a dynamic and challenging situation as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread worldwide, including in the United States and Canada. Given that this is a public health crisis, our most important sources of information are the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization


At this time, out of an abundance of caution and care for our Jewish community and the community at large, we have made the difficult decision to postpone, cancel, or hold online all Federation meetings and events scheduled to take place through April. While disappointing, we are committed to supporting efforts to slow transmission through social distancing.


We remain committed to providing safe, secure, and meaningful ways for you to connect with us, each other, and our community. We’ll look for every opportunity to reschedule, and we are exploring creative virtual solutions where appropriate.


We applaud our community and the tremendous effort to transition to virtual events. If you have a virtual event that you would like to share, please add it to our Virtual Community Calendar.


For more information or for questions, please contact Hanni Werner.