A Season of Hope:

CAC’s Guide to Giving

Each year around the holidays, the Community Action Council of Howard County partners with YOU and the incredible Howard County community to bring joy, laughter and security to families in need.

For many in our community, the holidays can be extra challenging and present families with additional financial stress. In fact, EVERY SINGLE DAY in Howard County 1 in 4 families struggle to make ends meet. 
Last year during the months of November and December alone, the Community Action Council of Howard County served 318,000 meals to over 9,000 individuals at the Howard County Food Bank. Additionally, we kept the lights on for over 2,500 families and provided an average of $5,850 per family in eviction prevention assistance. We also supported over 300 children and their families through our early childhood education program!

As colder weather and the holidays approach, we are asking YOU to support ALL our families regardless of what type of assistance they require. We know that by wrapping our arms around a family in a holistic fashion, we can move them from crisis to stability and ultimately self-sufficiency.

Giving HOPE for a better tomorrow and a wonderful holiday season.


Give Time


  • Sign up HERE to volunteer over this holiday season
  • Create meals kits for the Howard County Food Bank. Learn more by emailing Rachel Sanborn 
  • Organize a group to participate in our interactive, “Making Poverty, Personal.” A presentation and exercise that allows you to explore the journey a family embarks on when walking through our doors. Learn more by emailing Rachel Sanborn 



Give Treasure


  • Give a financial contribution to the Community Action Council by donating HERE.
  • Participate in Giving Tuesday on November 30, 2021 where we will raise funds to continue support of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in our Early Childhood Education Program
  • Sign up to adopt one of our Early Childhood Education families by emailing Rachel Sanborn
  • Purchase a coat for a family in need by emailing Rachel Sanborn
  • Select items off of our Amazon wish list HERE.