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Howard County
Donate PPE to Howard County DCRS
Donate to Howard County Food Bank
Volunteer with Howard County Food Bank
Donate to Maryland Emergency Management Administration (MEMA)
Large Group Volunteering with MEMA
Volunteer with Maryland Responds

Howard County  

PPE Donations to Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

Please drop off the items from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday to the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive OR at Howard County Recreation and Parks Headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Rd. It is recommended residents bring a pair of gloves or paper towel to wear/use to lift the lid. Requested items are:  

  • N-95 Masks  
  • Surgical Masks  
  • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)  
  • Impermeable Gowns  
  • Medical Gloves (Non-Latex)  
  • Hand Sanitizer (Not homemade)  
  • Eye Protection  
  • Flip down grinding/splash shields
  • Cleaning Supplies/Disinfectants  

Donated items are delivered daily to the Howard County Health Department, who then distributes them to first-responders, hospitals and other health care providers.

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Donate to Howard County Food Bank

There has been a significant increase in demand for services, in particular with the Howard County Food Bank. The community is asked to help meet the increased need. To donate, click here to complete the form.  All donations are safe, secure, and most importantly go directly to those who need assistance during this critical time. Food donations can be dropped off in a collection bin at the Howard County Food Bank parking lot located at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Columbia, MD 21046.

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Volunteer with Howard County Food Bank

Those interested in volunteering with Community Action Council can complete a volunteer application form. Note: volunteers are currently limited to protect the well-being of our staff and clients. 

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Donate to Maryland Emergency Management Administration (MEMA)

Large donators of unopened and shrink wrapped products should complete MEMA Large Donation Form.

MEMA is currently accepting donations of the following:

  • Unused N95 masks with or without valve
  • Protective goggles in original packaging
  • Unused nitrile gloves in original packaging
  • Unused hospital gowns in original packaging
  • Tyvek coats and bodysuits
  • Bleach, Lysol, cleaning supplies – must be unopened and unused
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer

Handmade, prototype or unapproved personal protective equipment WILL NOT be accepted. Food and household donations also WILL NOT be accepted at these locations. Also, DO NOT bring cash to these locations. Residents are encouraged to send monetary donations to local nonprofits and churches for support during this challenging time.

The four donation drop off locations in Maryland are:

  • Cambridge: 3105 Mallard Court., Cambridge, Md. 21613 Visible from Rt. 50. Drop off in the parking circle.
  • Ellicott City: 3291 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City, Md.. 21042
  • Hagerstown: Mt. Aetna Retreat Center, 10375 Retreat Way, Hagerstown, MD 21742 May also be listed on GPS as 21905 Mt. Aetna Road
  • Silver Spring: 15930 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905 Corner of Route 198 and Good Hope Road. Entrance right off of Good Hope Road, lower parking lot

Locations will be open:

  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ACS volunteers will be wearing appropriate protective equipment (such as masks and gloves) when donations are received and will adhere to all social distancing guidelines.Members of the public with any questions about this program should contact

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Large Group Volunteering With MEMA

MEMA will be the point of contact for LARGE Corporate Volunteers.  Those wishing to volunteer large groups of staff and or a multi-jurisdiction statewide scale should send mail to Currently, the largest volunteer opportunity is the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps

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Maryland Responds 

Learn about the multiple ways you can support and assist your fellow Marylanders.

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