Howard County Nonprofit Directory

75 local nonprofits that could use your help

(Sarah Pastrana / Patuxent…)
August 28, 2012

Howard County boasts a wealth of nonprofits serving a wide array of needs.

Some of the organizations are assisting people in crisis, others are providing specialized services for underserved demographic groups, and many are offering educational programs.

Though many of the nonprofits specifically serve county residents, others serve people throughout the country and the globe from headquarters in Howard.

Whether you’re looking to donate time, money or resources, or are in need of special services, the following list provides a broad sample of the many nonprofits Howard has to offer.

Notice that an organization is missing? Contact Jennifer Broadwater at to be added.


A-OK (Assist OUR Kids) Mentoring - Tutoring Inc.
Recruits, trains and screens adult mentor-tutors to work one-on-one with Howard County elementary school students to improve children's academic and social development
P.O. Box 871
Columbia, MD 21044

Adaptive Living Inc.
Provides residential and community living support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
11089 Swansfield Road
Columbia, MD 21044

All Creatures Great & Small Wildlife Center Inc.
Cares for native small mammals and birds that are ill, injured or orphaned with the goal of restoring them to health and releasing them back to the wild
10111 Silver Twine
Columbia, MD 21046

American Heart Association
Promotes cardiovascular health through partnerships and public awareness campaigns. Local events include the annual Howard County Heart Ball fundraiser.
415 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region
Provides disaster assistance, blood donations and various training and certifications
4800 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Animal Advocates of Howard County
Places stray and unwanted pets in homes, provides free spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners and advocates against animal cruelty
P.O. Box 1403
Ellicott City, MD 21041

Animal Welfare Society of Howard County
Shelter serving Howard County since 1944.
Pet adoptions, veterinary services and more.
8556 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045

The Arc of Howard County
Provides employment, respite care, residential and other services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities
11735 Homewood Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Association of Community Services of Howard County
Network of Howard County human services providers and advocates focused on serving families and individuals
10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Suite 920
Columbia, MD 21044

Athelas Institute
Provides work and educational opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities
9104 Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045


Ballet Mobile
Brings inspirational ballet to unconventional locations to serve those people who otherwise might not have the chance to experience or enjoy it.
Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD  21043

Baptist Family & Children’s Services
Provides crisis services for families, including a foster care program
7161-A Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Better BedRest
Provides support, resources and information to pregnant women prescribed bedrest by physicians or midwives
P.O. Box 212
Savage, MD 20763

Beyond All Boundaries
Builds schools in Haiti

Bridges to Housing Stability
Helps prevent homelessness through case management, budgeting, goal planning and other assistance
9520 Berger Road, Suite 311
Columbia, MD 21046

Bright Minds Foundation
Promotes equity, innovation and lifelong learning by funding programs and services for students in Howard County
10910 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042

The Build Haiti Foundation
Network of people and institutions responding to the challenges and opportunities in Haiti
P.O. Box 6895
Columbia, MD 21045

Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco-Retreat
Provides care and a home for unwanted, neglected and abused livestock.
3950 White Rose Way
Ellicott City, MD 21042


Carol Jean Cancer Foundation
Runs a weeklong overnight camp in North East, Md., and provides other programs for children with cancer
10718 Cleos Court
Columbia, MD 21044

Center for Social Change
Provides residential programs, vocational and workforce development for the developmentally disabled
6600 Amberton Drive
Elkridge, MD 21075

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