June 28, 2022

June newsletter: SCOTUS decision, Fighting diabetes, Emotional Support Human survey, “Rise to the Challenge” awards and more

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We stand in solidarity

The Community Foundation of Howard County, the Horizon Foundation, and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County stand in solidarity with women across our community who are shocked and saddened by today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision denies women the right to make health care decisions about their own bodies previously deemed to be a constitutional right for the past 50 years. The decision disproportionately impacts low-income women and women of color who historically lack equal access to health care. As philanthropists who have come together to speak out against injustices and who care deeply about women’s rights, racial equity and reproductive health as part of overall maternal and child health, we strongly condemn this decision. We will work to ensure all women in Maryland are able to access a full range of reproductive health services and will continue to stand in solidarity with all who oppose this rollback of women’s rights.


Fighting diabetes in Howard County

Though many of us take it for granted, healthy food and drink options can be expensive and hard to come by for many. Especially for families on a tight budget, fresh fruits and vegetables can be next to impossible to work into their regular diets – and costs continue to rise. At the same time, rates of diabetes and prediabetes are rising dramatically in our community.

When healthier food and drinks are more widely available and affordable for everyone, it is easier for all people to have them on hand in their homes, workplaces, schools, organizations and faith groups. When the healthy choice is the easy choice, good health is achievable for everyone. We need policy change – and your voice – to make this happen.

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Take our Emotional Support Human survey!

Are you worried about a loved one’s mental health? Help us better support you. We have some questions about how we can improve our Emotional Support Human campaign to help you when your friend or family member is experiencing mental health challenges. Please take this 15-minute survey and share your name and email address for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards. Your information will be kept confidential. Please complete this survey by July 3, 2022.

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Nominate a COVID-19 hero for new “Rise to the Challenge” award

Want to nominate someone who has made a difference in our community throughout the pandemic? Now is your chance! Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has launched a new “Rise to the Challenge” award to honor Howard County individuals, businesses and organizations for their service and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 18 different awards in 5 categories: Public and Local Government; Business; Health Care; Nonprofits; and Individuals. Nominations are open until July 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Learn more and submit a nomination>>


Thanks for visiting our Emotional Support Human mood sculpture at Lakefest!

Another successful Lakefest for Columbia Festival of the Arts! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our life-sized mood sculpture, designed by artist Dale Rodefer, that encouraged individuals to reflect on their emotional well-being through communal sharing and witnessing. Participants chose color coded plaques with words or images, or wrote personal phrases that expressed how they are feeling. The colorful dancing Emotional Support Human figures and whimsical fabric forest created a welcoming place for guests to pause and embrace the importance of personal and collective mental wellness.

Learn more about being an Emotional Support Human>>


Staff picks: what we’re reading, watching and listening to