United Way of Central Maryland Raises Thousands for Relief in Ellicott City

Date: August 5, 2016

Update as of August 11: Howard County Government is convening Ellicott City fundraisers to work together on a coordinated response and shared application process to ensure the most effective use of funds. 

This past week Ellicott City has suffered from devastating flooding, which has left many residents and business owners with nowhere to turn.

At the request of Howard County Executive, Allan H. Kittleman, United Way of Central Maryland created an ECStrong Fund for humanitarian relief in Ellicott City. So far, more than $208,473 has been raised from more than 15 corporations and over 1,000 individual donors.

“Thank you to Howard County Executive Kittleman and Governor Larry Hogan and their staffs for their responsiveness and leadership in dealing with this disaster,” said Mark Furst our president and CEO here at United Way of Central Maryland.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastating flash floods this weekend in Ellicott City,” said Sandy Monck, Chief Impact Officer, here at United Way of Central Maryland and also an Ellicott City resident.

One hundred percent of all donations received will go to relief in Ellicott City and those affected by the flooding. United Way will work with the Howard County Government to determine how the funds will get distributed in a timely manner.

“I am thankful for the support we’ve received from United Way of Central Maryland and the rest of the volunteer community,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman.

A special thanks to all corporate commitments that have been made by various companies. The First National Bank has decided to use all of their Maryland branches as collection centers until August 20th. In addition, proceeds from their denim day will go to the ECStrong Fund. Participants are encouraged to wear denim and donate a minimum of $5, while wearing their “Denim for Charity” sticker.

Here is a list of our generous corporate companies:

  • BB&T
  • Transamerica Foundation
  • Ravens Foundation
  • First National Bank
  • W.R. Grace Foundation, Inc.
  • Grimm and Parker Architects
  • Giving Moore, a foundation of Benjamin Moore and Co.
  • Holly Poultry
  • Griffith Energy Services, Inc.
  • Jewish Federation of Howard County
  • Honey’s Bar and Grille
  • United Way of Central Maryland
  • Steadman-Keenan Legion Post 96
  • Williams Gas
  • Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • COPT Property Management Services, LLC
  • WJLA News Channel 8/ABC 7
  • UPS
  • iHeartMedia
  • Knights of Columbus
  • P.F. Changs
  • Henley Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Soroptimist International of Arbutus
  • J.J. Haines and Company Inc.
  • Enterprise
  • DC Nurses Association

WJLA Washington, DC’s ABC news affiliate, hosted a live telethon last week to raise funds for #ECStrong, and UPS employees volunteered staff for the telethon phone bank. iHeartMedia Baltimore is also donating $1 from every ticket sold to 93.1 WPOC’s Weekend in the Country at Merriweather Post Pavilion to benefit the #ECStrong Fund

To assist those affected by this disaster, text the keyword “ECStrong” to 51555 or visit www.uwcm.org/ECStrong.

Together, we can help Ellicott City stand strong.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Are the homeowners on Fredrick Rd between Eillcott Mills and Ridgers ave receiving any help other then volunteers yet? They need hands on government help so they can get back to their lives.

    • Hi Roberta:

      Could you please send us an email to live.united@uwcm.org, so we can better assist you?

      Thanks.

  2. How do those affected access the funds available? I know a family in EC who lousy their entire basement. Insurance should cover the infrastructure but not any of the contents. They just sent through this 5 years ago. Now they are once again faced with devastation. No heater or a/c, water heater, washer, dryer or furnishings. Looking to help them somehow.

    • Hi Donna:

      Thank you for your inquiry. United Way of Central Maryland is working closely with Howard County Executive Kittleman and his team, serving on a formal Recovery Fund Committee chaired by Jon Weinstein, Howard County council. Howard County Government, Ellicott City Partnership and United Way are finalizing an application process, and thanks to Howard County Government’s swift leadership, a great team is already in place that will review applications, prioritize needs and coordinate response. Of course, the goal is to help Ellicott City residents affected by the floods as quickly as possible, while making the best use of the funds available. Thank you for standing with us to help Ellicott City recover. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest recovery and response updates. To support the ECStrong fund, text the keyword “ECStrong” to 51555 or visit http://www.uwcm.org/ECStrong.

  3. Attempts to donate $300 via credit card to the Ellicott City Strong relief effort have been unsuccessful! Keeps rejecting my card. Is there some other way to donate?

    • Hi Margo:

      Thank you for your inquiry. United Way of Central Maryland is working closely with Howard County Executive Kittleman and his team, serving on a formal Recovery Fund Committee chaired by Jon Weinstein, Howard County council. Howard County Government, Ellicott City Partnership and United Way are finalizing an application process, and thanks to Howard County Government’s swift leadership, a great team is already in place that will review applications, prioritize needs and coordinate response. Of course, the goal is to help Ellicott City residents affected by the floods as quickly as possible, while making the best use of the funds available. Thank you for standing with us to help Ellicott City recover. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest recovery and response updates. To support the ECStrong fund, text the keyword “ECStrong” to 51555 or visit http://www.uwcm.org/ECStrong.

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