Howard County COAD Donates 300+ Masks!

Howard County COAD Donates 300+ Masks

Today’s Act of #COVID19Kindness goes out to Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). COAD’s Leila Mahlin heard about The Arc of Howard County‘s critical need for masks and has already donated 300 masks made by the amazing people in the Howard County Mask Makers Facebook group! COAD plans to continue donating masks supporting The Arc during the continued COVID-19 crisis. People are good…and generous!

Feed Howard County and La Palapa Grill & Cantina Donated 100 Meals!

Feed Howard County and La Palapa Grill & Cantina Donate 100 Meals to The Arc of Howard CountyThank you once again to Feed Howard County for working with La Palapa Grill & Cantina in Ellicott City to provide 100 meals to staff and the people we support! Everyone loved the new version of “Taco Tuesday”! Thank you to Debra Reese from Feed Howard County and Leslie Amick, Event Coordinator at La Palapa Grill & Cantina for making this act of COVID-19 Kindness happen! Shout out to all of our fabulous volunteer delivery drivers Brenda Gavlin-Crowe, Anita Dempsey, Khyle Moone, Claire Ramirez-Schene and son Carlos! It means the world that the Community continues to recognize and support the work our Direct Support Professionals and Nurses are doing during this crisis!

Project SEARCH Howard Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony. Congratulations!


Project SEARCH Class of 2020 Virtual Ceremony

Today, we celebrate the Project SEARCH of Howard County class of 2020! This morning, a virtual ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the interns who completed this school year long work program. All of these young people are now ready for paid employment! Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty gave the keynote address to the 2020 class and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball sent well wishes to the interns as well!

Project SEARCH of Howard County is a partnership between Howard County Government Howard County Public School System The Arc of Howard County Howard County Autism Society Maryland DORS

If you are interested in learning more about this program or believe you have a job for one of the interns, please contact Program Manager, Natalie Dohner at Congratulations Class of 2020!

Heroes Work Here!

Heroes Work Here Sign Outside The Arc of Howard County Office

A Big Thank You to Vanessa Antrum at Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) for featuring Senior Residential Program Manager Rhonda Braswell, Residential Managers Marie Ndjock, Warnette Owens-Moultrie, Jessicia Chaney today! Thank you for your support of The Arc of Howard County and for your recognition of these front line heroes!

“Imagine” Living Life to the Fullest

Imagine” living life…to the fullest. “Imagine,” a new video from The Arc of Howard County, features people with intellectual and developmental disabilities doing just that…living their best lives. The “Imagine” video was produced by Pam Long Photography featuring the vocal talents of Bach to Rock Fulton, MD‘s Carl Pfanstiehl. Thank you, Pam, Carl, and Bach to Rock! Let’s imagine the day when we can all be together again!

To learn more about The Arc of Howard County, click here. To donate to The Arc of Howard County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for the purchase of masks, face shields, PPE, gowns, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and more, click here.

“The Pineapple Express” Friend Group Donate 2 iPads!

"Pineapple Express" Friend Group Donate 2 iPadsToday’s #COVID19Kindness shout goes to a group nicknamed “The Pineapple Express.” These women heard how challenging connection is for the people we support, made even more important by social distancing during the pandemic, and decided to raise money to donate 2 iPads! Thank you to this wonderful group who are sending out the #Challenge for others to do the same!


Masks, Gloves, Gowns, and PPE Are Donated To The Arc of Howard County

Four women wear face masks during COVID-19.

Gowns, safety gloves, face shields, masks, mask clips, and other PPE are in demand daily at The Arc of Howard County‘s 35 residential houses. Thank you Michele and Robert Pouliot of Murphy Business & Financial Services, LLC, Nika Edwards of Nika’s Hair Studio, Valerie Fawcett, and Nick Tsamis for generously donating safety gloves, mask clips, and face shields!

Two women wear face masks during COVID-19.

Masks are now an essential part of life. To keep everyone safe, community members, families of people supported by The Arc of Howard County, and local businesses have generously donated masks. Special shoutout to Amie Sevrin for making 100(!) handmade masks and Robert Paul of Swagworld for donating masks. Thanks to everyone for supporting The Arc of Howard County! You can find SwagWorld on Linkedin:

Two men stand in front of a building during COVID-19. One man holds 3-D printed face shields from Grey Beard 3D.

John Biggs heard The Arc of Howard County needed face shields and wanted to help. With generous donations from friends, John — owner of GreyBeard3D — donated 50 face shields and 50 EarSavers. Thank you, GreyBeard3D; designers Erik Cederberg, Lam Wai Mars, and Ken Lord; and John’s friends for supporting The Arc of Howard County! You can find GreyBeard3D on Instagram.
Note: Photo (above) was taken before the mandatory use of face masks.

Local Distilleries Donate Hand Sanitizer and Cleaning Alcohol to The Arc of Howard County

Staff from The Arc of Howard County fill bottles with hand sanitizer donated by Sagamore Spirit

Hand sanitizer goes fast these days. To keep up with demand, The Arc of Howard County reached out for help. Local distilleries stepped up. MISCellaneous Distillery and Sagamore Spirit came through with large quantities of hand sanitizer, while Barton 1792 Distillery donated alcohol for cleaning face shields, as well as hand sanitizer. Thank you, MISCellaneous Distillery, Sagamore Spirit, and Barton 1792 Distillery for supporting The Arc of Howard County! We could not do what we do without YOU!

Senator Katie Fry Hester Stepped Up with Donation from Patapsco Distilling Company

Senator Katie Fry Hester and her neighbors donated 30 gallons of hand sanitizer from Patapsco Distlling Company to The Arc of Howard County.

Hearing that The Arc of Howard County urgently needed hand sanitizer, Senator Katie Fry Hester stepped up. Katie Fry Hester, Maryland Senate D9 reached out to a local distillery, which had converted to producing hand sanitizer. With donations from Western Ellicott City’s Woodmark Community to cover production costs, Senator Fry Hester teamed up with Patapsco Distilling Company to donate 30 gallons of hand sanitizer to The Arc of Howard County! Special shoutout to Woodmark Community members — Joe Love, Amy Curran Brewster, Victoria Budich, Robert McCormick, Nancy McAllister, Jennifer Speigel, Daphne R. Pallozzi, and Senator Katie Fry Hester — for making this donation possible!

Comfort Bags Bring Joy and Happiness During COVID-19

Woman works on a loom craft project during COVID-19Like you, the people supported by The Arc of Howard County — and their dedicated support staff — are staying safe at home. To bring a little joy and happiness during these trying times, Comfort Bags were dropped off to them.

Man Holds Grateful Dead DVD during COVID-19Made possible by a COVID-19 Emergency Grant from The Arc Maryland and an outpouring of donations from supporters and the community, The Arc of Howard County filled Comfort Bags with items, including DVDs, arts/crafts, makeup, cards/games, blankets, puzzles, and several new iPads.

Woman learns to knit during COVID-19Thank you to The Arc Maryland, supporters of The Arc of Howard County, and the community for your generosity!