2 endowment funds to aid nonprofits

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 10, 2007

The Columbia Foundation has announced the establishment of two endowment funds to continue the missions of two Howard County nonprofit organizations that are no longer in operation.

The Health Alliance has created the Health Alliance Emergency Fund with a contribution of $100,000.

The fund will support programs and organizations providing health services and assistance to Howard County residents in need. The first grants will go to the Howard County Health Department and FISH.

The Urban Rural Transportation Alliance (URTA) is contributing $60,000 to the foundation to establish the Al Hobby Urban Rural Transportation Fund. Named after URTA's founder, Al Hobby, the fund will support programs and organizations providing transportation to Howard County residents in need.

Both organizations were formerly recipients of grants from the Columbia Foundation. The funds they have established as part of the foundation's endowment are to ensure that their clients will continue to be served.

The Columbia Foundation, which was founded in 1969, has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations to help fund human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs.

Information: 410-730-7840, or www.columbiafoundation.org.

Travel to Cooperstown to see Ripken honored

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., to see Cal Ripken Jr. inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The trip, which includes accommodation for three nights at the Best Western Binghamton Regency, one dinner, three breakfasts, admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame and to the induction ceremony, will run from 9 a.m. July 27 to 4 p.m. July 30.

The cost is $449 for double accommodation; $399 triple; $289 quadruple; and $499 for single. Transportation by fully-equipped motor coach is included.

An information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 26 at Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Registration is due by June 18.

Information: 410-313-4634. Registration: 410-313-7275, or www.howardcountymd.gov/RAP.

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County residents ages 60 and older, is seeking drivers for daytime, evening and weekend service.

Neighbor Ride volunteer orientations are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 19 and noon June 29at Neighbor Ride's office, 8808 Centre Park Drive.

Information: Rosemary Noble, volunteer coordinator, 410-884- 7433, or www.volunteer@ neighbor ride.org.

Rescued horses can be adopted

Arabians, quarterhorses, thoroughbreds, standardbreds, paints and other rescued horses are available for adoption from Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. in Lisbon. Many of the horses have been impounded by animal control and brought to the farm to regain their health.

Visitors are welcome to tour the farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Those interested in adopting a horse should call for an appointment. Horses available for adoptions have had medical examinations, vaccinations and have had their feet trimmed and been wormed.

Pictures and description of the horses are at www.defhr.org/horses/horses.htm. Photographs of horses still in rehabilitation but available for sponsorship can be seen at the same Web address.

The farm is at 15856 Frederick Road, near Routes 144 and 94. Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.

Twenty-four horses rescued from a farm in Sharpsburg are among those available for adoption at Days End. Horses rescued from the Sharpsburg facility and still waiting for homes can also be seen at the Human Society of Washington County (301-733-2060, Ext. 237) and at Pheasant Hill Farm, Adamstown (301-639-8994.)

Relatives as Parents group to meet

Relatives as Parents (formerly Grandparents as Parents), an information and support group for those raising the children of relatives, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month, offers information, referrals and other services.

Information: 410-381-4800 or 410-313-1940.

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