Columbia Foundation grants $169,500 to 23 groups

Community Notes

May 11, 1999

The Columbia Foundation -- a Howard County community foundation founded in 1969 by the late James W. Rouse -- has granted $169,500 to 23 local charitable organizations.

Thirteen human service grants totaling $115,000 will help support groups addressing concerns such as homelessness, maintaining families and employment for the disadvantaged.

Beneficiaries include Camp Attaway Inc., to provide scholarships for emotionally disturbed children to attend a summer camp; Cars for Careers Inc., to provide transportation for low-income families; Churches Concerned for the Homeless; and Developmental Services Group, for equipment to expand job training for brain-injured individuals.

Also included are Family & Children's Services Family Life Center, to help launch a mentoring center; Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc., to computerize its crisis intervention system; Health Alliance for Patients in Need, to help establish a free clinic for patients without insurance; Maryland Works Inc., to support programs that advocate for employment of the disabled; Orchard Summer Recreation and Education Program, to support a summer camp for at-risk youth.

St. Matthew Housing Development Inc. will be helped to coordinate services for severely disabled individuals. The Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center Inc. will use its grant to help complete a horse and rider facility. Traditional Acupuncture Institute will provide treatment to substance abuse clients, and Voices for Children will further develop its Juvenile Justice Project.

Five arts and cultural organizations were awarded a total of $37,500.

They are: Columbia Festival of the Arts; Howard Community College Educational Foundation Inc./the Rep Stage Company; Howard County Center of African-American Culture; Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center; and Sundays at Three Inc.

Five grants in the category of education and community services totaled $17,000.

Grantees were the Citizenship Law-related Education Program; Howard County -- A United Vision; Howard County NAACP; The Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Fund of Columbia; and Leadership Howard County Inc.

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