United Way of Central Maryland establishes fund for Ellicott City flood victims

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on BizJournals.com on August 4, 2016.

By Jonathan Munshaw

The United Way of Central Maryland’s fund for victims of the devastating floods in Ellicott City has reached $110,000, with more than 700 individuals donating.

United Way will distribute the funds with the help of Howard County to help humanitarian efforts in Ellicott City, including providing food, water and shelter for those affected by the floods that wiped out portions of the city’s historic Main Street. The nonprofit launched the fund on and raised $45,000 within the first 24 hours.

“The offers of money and volunteer hours came quickly, and we are humbled by everyone’s quick and generous offers of help,” Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said in a statement. “We will rebound from this tragedy but right now we need to provide our residents and businesses the support they need with temporary housing, financial assistance, clothing, food and other basic essentials.”

When the fund first opened, BB&T and United Way each donated $10,000. Since then, other donations from large companies have come from the Transamerica Foundation, the Ravens Foundation, First National Bank, W.R. Grace Foundation Inc., Grimm and Parker Architects, Giving Moore Foundation, Holly Poultry, Griffith Energy Services Inc., the Jewish Federation of Howard County and Honey’s Bar and Grill.

WJLA Washington, a station owned by Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., is hosting a live telethon on Friday to raise money for the fund. iHeartMedia Baltimore has also agreed to donate $1 for every ticket sold to WPOC’s “Weekend in the Country” concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend.

Sandy Monck, the chief impact officer of United Way of Central Maryland, said when the fund first opened, the majority of the donors were individuals.

“I just can’t stress the devastation enough. Money, people, anyway people can help, they always want to help,” she said Tuesday. “[I’d stress] to keep it top of mind, to continue donating, to keep people in their thoughts. This is a long process.”

Learn more and donate here.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

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