Community Notes

January 27, 2008

Foundation awards grants to nonprofits

The Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation, has announced its award of $191,500 in grants to 31 local nonprofit organizations.

Fourteen human service grants totaling $101,500 will help support Adaptive Living Inc.; Alianza de la Comunidad; Camp Attaway; Domestic Violence Center of Howard County Inc.; Family and Children's Services; FISH of Howard County; Foreign-born Information and Referral Network (FIRN); HCGH Healthy Families; NAMI; National Family Resilience Center; NeighborRide; The STTAR Center Inc.; The Serenity Center; and Voices for Children.

Arts and cultural grants, totaling $85,000, are to be awarded to Candlelight Concert Society Inc.; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts; Columbia Concert Band; Columbia Festival of the Arts; Columbia Orchestra; Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus; Howard County Arts Council; Howard County Ballet; Howard Community College -- Rep Stage; Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo); Kinetics Dance Theater; and Sundays at Three.

Education and community service grants totaling $18,500 are to go to Conexiones; Helping Hands Enrichment & Leadership Foundation; Howard County Foundation for Black Education and Cultural Achievement; and Volunteer Center Serving Howard County.

Dionne to speak at annual meeting

Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc. will hold its annual meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Jan. 31 (The snow date is Saturday.)

David Dionne, chairman of the board of trustees of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, will speak at the meeting. Dionne is also chairman of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The meeting will be held at the Clementine Peterson Girl Scout Activity Center, 5042 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-480-0824.

Shelter seeks dishes for residents

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is nearing completion of its $5.5 million renovation and expansion project and is seeking cookware, dishes and utensils to prepare and serve meals for shelter residents.

The expanded shelter will serve as a temporary home for 55 people. The building's new commercial kitchen will enable volunteer groups to prepare meals onsite. The kitchen and dinnerware are the focus of a new fundraising campaign.

To make a donation, send a check to Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044.

Choose Civility magnets available

The Howard County Library has Choose Civility car magnets in stock. The magnets are part of an initiative that includes 40 partners, led by the library, to position Howard County as a model of civility.

Choose Civility is intended to guide people to make choices that will result in their improved mental, physical and spiritual health.

The book by P.M. Forni, founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, is available at library branches. The magnets are intended to be used on cars. A $1 donation is requested. Information: Kelli Shimabukuro, 410-313-7763.

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