The Jewish Federation of Howard County is watching with deep concern the havoc wrought by the flooding this past weekend in Ellicott City. We applaud the state and local authorities, including Governor Larry Hogan and County Executive Allan Kittleman, for their quick response to this emergency — and we send our thoughts and prayers to all those personally affected by this disaster.
The Federation will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and stands ready to mobilize the Jewish community to help in any way possible.
Howard County officials have informed us that all cleaning supplies and food should be directed to the Community Action Council of Howard County, which is collecting materials at the Howard County Food Bank, located at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J, Columbia, MD 21046.
Philanthropic contributions can be directed to two organizations that are raising funds to assist victims. The first is the Community Foundation of Howard County, the main organization receiving funds to help Ellicott City residents and businesses. Or, please give to a special account that is being processed through our partner agency, The Associated in Baltimore, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Howard County.
Furthermore, any members of the Jewish community who have been affected by the flood are encouraged to contact the Jewish Emergency Network, with which the Federation partners very closely. To contact JEN, please call 410-730-4976 x195 to speak with our Federation’s Community Social Worker, Michalah Hoffman, about your situation.
We will keep the community alerted to opportunities to volunteer and to assist the victims of the flood.
Beth Millstein, President
Ralph Grunewald, Interim Executive Director