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4/21/2013: Glen Mar United Methodist Church held a Family 5K Run/Walk on April 20 to benefit the Howard County Food Bank. One hundred fifty-eight people participated.

10/17/2012: 17th Annual John W. Holland Awards Dinner was held October 17 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center. The Humanitarian Award recipient was Dr. Sydney L. Cousin. The Service Award was given to Ascend One Corporation. Proceeds from the event support CAC’s comprehensive services which include Housing, Energy, Food, Weatherization, and Head Start assistance.

2/27/2012: CAC President Bita Dayhoff spoke at I [Heart] My Community on February 23 at Lakeside Title Company in Columbia, MD. Non-perishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank were collected.

1/10/2012: People who earned less than $49,078 last year may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Eligibility is based on several factors, including the amount of earned and other types of income, or combined income if married, whether you have qualifying children, and how many. Workers without children may also qualify. Click here for more information. If you qualify, you must file and claim the credit to get it. You could get as much as $5,751 back from the IRS.

1/3/2012:The United Way of Central Maryland recently started a three-year Access to Heathy Food Initiative in Central Maryland. Pictured promoting the project are Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, former Ravens Cheerleader Molly Shattuck, President and CEO of the Horizon Foundation Richard Krieg, Community Action Council of Howard County President Bita Dayhoff, and Howard County General Hospital President and CEO Victor Broccolino.

12/21/2011:CAC expanded its home weatherization program. To see an article in the Baltimore Sun click here.

The Community Action Council of Howard County gave 600 families the fixings for holiday dinners at its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution. The event was held at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia on Nov. 22. Pictured are some of the 100 volunteers who helped distribute the turkeys and bags of food to Howard County residents in need.

Representatives from the Howard County Summer Theatre give a Prepare for Success donation to officials from the Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) and the Howard County Public School System. Prepare for Success is a partnership program that provides backpacks filled with school supplies for students who come from limited-income families. CAC receives all Prepare for Success donations.

11/17/2011: Community Action Council administers the weatherization program for Maryland. Recently, the State changed the eligibility criteria to include moderate-income families. As such the program is no longer targeting only low- income families. Click here for more information.

11/7/2011: The Community Action Council of Howard County has been named a Baltimore Sun “Top Workplace” for 2011. The contest was open to all for-profit or not-for-profit public and private companies with no less than 50 employees. Businesses that earned a spot on the list were selected based on surveys completed by employees. Those surveys looked at leadership, opportunities for advancement, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.

9/19/2011: Verizon Maryland's Lifeline offers basic telephone services to eligible low-income Maryland residents. Click here for more information.

9/1/2011: FAKO Elements Cultural Association, popularly known as FECADC in Cameroon, visited the children at Tubman Head Start in Columbia on September 1 bearing gifts. Six women and two gentlemen presented the children with backpacks filled with school supplies including pencils, markers, glue sticks, paper, erasers and colored pencils. The teachers received colored construction paper, composition books, pencils, rulers and folders. FECADC is a non-profit organization based in Maryland whose goal is to educate children on the culture of Cameroon, promote education and health care to the underprivileged in Cameroon and to extend the same to their neighbors in the United States. Ms. Eposi Njire, the president of FECADC, believes that “education of children is the key because children are our future.”

8/4/2011: Community Action Council helped a Vietnam veteran and his daughter stay warm in the winter and cold in the summer by providing weatherization assistance. Click here to see the story.

Head Start Summer Food Program

Volunteer Lynette Johnson Helps a participant in the "Eating Smart, Being Active" program make a chef's hat. Click here to see a story about the free program offered at Dasher Green Head Start Center..

Summer Food Program at 3 locations

Volunteer Tommy Testoff assists youngsters at Rideout Heath - Homework Club Townhouse in Columbia with their lunch. Click here to see a story about the free summer food program offered by Community Action Council of Howard County in partnership with Community Homes Housing.

Topper presents award to Dayhoff

5/25/2011: Community Action Council of Howard County received the Excellence in Public Service Award from The Arc of Howard County in May. Above, The Arc Board of Directors President Robert Topper presented the award to CAC President Bita Dayhoff. Click here to see a story about this weatherization project.

5/11/2011: Community Action Council of Howard County's Head Start program received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC's program standards and criteria reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. To earn NAEYC accreditation, Head Start completed an extensive process of measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. All three Head Start Centers (located at Dasher Green and Tubman in Columbia and on High Ridge Road in Ellicott City) received NAEYC accreditation after on-site visits by NAEYC assessors.

3/30/2011: The Community Action Council of Howard County thanks RJ Caulder and family for donating all extra perishable food from Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship to the Howard County Food Bank, including the excess apples the family donated to the Get Active Howard County Kick Off-Mascot Pep Rally on March 26.

3/28/2011: Food for Tomorrow, a youth-driven project, is raising money for the Howard County Food Bank. Click here to see a story about Food for Tomorrow.

3/24/2011: Kudos to Walmart for donating two pallets of school supplies to the Community Action Council of Howard County for Prepare for Success.

3/21/2011: CAC President Bita Dayhoff gave testimony at a County Council Hearing. Click here for a copy of her testimony.

3/19/2011: Student volunteers in partnership with Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty's office conducted food drives at several shopping centers in Columbia. While the food drive was being conducted, several firefighters went to Kings Contrivance Village Center to shop for the station. When the firefighters encountered the volunteers, they joined the students collecting food and money donation for the Howard County Food Bank. Thanks to these firefighters for their compassion and generosity.

3/16/11: Community Action Council of Howard County gave a presentation at the General Meeting of the Association of Community Services. The presenters provided critical information on Howard County's demographics as revealed in the new 2010 Census Data and important information on increasing and changing demands and service needs, sustainable income, housing and healthcare in Howard County.

Click here for a copy of the Community Needs Assessment powerpoint given at the meeting.

Click here for a copy of the Community Needs Assessment publication.

12/14/10: In the past three months, we have served almost 3,000 individuals compared to 1,900 individuals last year during the same period (58% increase). Click here to see the data.

12/14/10: CAC Board Vice Chair Dr. Clarence Lam made a budget testimony to County Executive Ken Ulman: Click here to read.

12/9/10: Click on this link for tips on how to manage your electric bill in cold weather: BGE Winter Ready Press Release

12/1/10: CAC President Bita Dayhoff has presented on the topics of Homelessness and Hunger. To learn more, click below.

Plan to End Homelessness

Ending Hunger

10/28/10: The Howard County Food Bank makes headlines in the Howard County Times: Click here.

9/24/10: Read an article about the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center: Click here. Also take a look at pictures from Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony here!

Read an article about the Food Bank Expansion: Click here. Also take a look at pictures from the Food Bank Open House & Ribbon Cutting here!

To see article about how CAC helped Hamilton and Burlee Shoop with their electric bill: Click here

To see article about how CAC helped senior citizen weatherize her home: Click here

To see Letter to the Editor "Head Start Achieving its Goals in Readying Children for School" in Howard County Times click here.

To see Letter to the Editor "Thanks to Burleigh Manor students" in the Howard County section of the Baltimore Sun click here.

To see article in the Laurel Leader on North Laurel-Savage Multi-Service Center's expected move click here.

To see article in the Columbia Flier on testimony at a Howard County budget hearing before Howard County Executive Kenneth Ulman click here.

To see article about the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center's success: Click here

To see article about Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fratnerity donating puzzles to Head Start: Click here

To see article about Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center on November 24, 2009: Click here

To see article and picture of 15-year-old student who collected and distributed cloth bags to use at the Howard County Food Bank: Click here

To see Business Monthly article "Hunger in Unexpected Places: Some Howard County Residents Need Food" click here.

Hunger - a Growing Reality in Howard County: Click here

CAC Helps Homeless Couple Get on Their Feet: Click here

Burleigh Manor Middle School eighth graders hold successful Empty Bowls fundraiser: Click here

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