On July 30, powerful storms led to a flash flood that devastated historic Ellicott City. Perhaps you’ve seen the images, but what they fail to capture is the strength of this Maryland community. From the people who linked arms and braved the torrent to save a stranded motorist, to the first responders who helped others, to the residents and businesses that are working to rebuild, it is clear that they have earned the title, “Ellicott City Strong.”
But the rebuilding will not be easy and the town will remain in an official state of emergency through September 7. State and county efforts to assist in the rebuilding are underway, and many generous citizens and businesses are already lending a hand, but donations and moral support are still needed. While the town is not yet ready for on-site volunteers, below is a list of charitable organizations that have been supporting the community as well as benefit events. This list will be growing, so please bookmark Howard County's Facebook page for regular updates.
Our partners at Visit Howard County endorse the following organizations that are already actively supporting historic Elliott City.
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will have staff available at the #ECStrong Volunteer Reception Center. It has relocated to the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at the Ellicott City 50+ Center (9401 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042). The Volunteer Reception Center will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers must bring a photo I.D. and can register in person at the Volunteer Reception Center or online at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/ECFlood-Volunteer-Opportunity
FUNDRAISERS & EVENTS
The Howard County Arts Council is establishing Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund to aid to the many artists with studios and galleries in Ellicott City who suffered substantial losses of artwork and studio space. They will be extending their current exhibit, Paint It! Ellicott City 2016, until the end of September with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this work donated to the fund. Several Paint It! artists have already generously agreed to donate 100 percent of their sales to help the relief effort. The Arts Council is also accepting individual donations to Re-create.
Neighboring Sykesville is ready when the call for volunteers does arise. Check out their Facebook event to see what they're planning as things unfold.
A La Mode Boutique is selling "Hope" and "Believe" bracelets for the Ellicott City recovery efforts. 10 percent of all bracelet sales will go to the Ellicott City Partnership and the rest will go to help them rebuild their Main Street shop.
EVLUTN Apparel is a Howard County-based clothing company. They are lending a hand by creating custom t-shirts that pay homage to the history of Ellicott City. All proceeds from the online sales will help community members in need.
The National Center for Citizen Safety is donating $10 from every 5K registration (starting August 5). Make sure to put "ECSTRONG" in the comment section of the registration form.
An Etsy shop has created an Ellicott City "Hope is Higher Than Water" sticker and profits will go toward the relief fund. Find it here.
Etsy store 'An Adventure Awaits' is selling a custom greeting card made for Ellicott City and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from card sales to the small businesses affected by the flood damage.
The Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will be seeking donations for Ellicott City's flood relief efforts during their next four Frederick Road Friday concerts, the Arts & Crafts Festival on September 11 and the Chamber's Crab Feast on September 30. The Chamber has also partnered with EmbroidMe Catonsville to produce a t-shirt, these shirts will be given to each person who makes a donation of $10 to the fundraising effort.
Eighty percent of the proceeds from sales of this Ellicott City art print will go to the Ellicott City Partnership or be donated to the GoFundMe efforts of individual businesses affected by the flooding.
1304 Photos is selling select 11x14 prints of the devastation caused by the flash flood for $40, 100 percent of the sales will be donated to help store owners rebuild their businesses.
The Korean Society of Maryland and Howard County Korean Society has started a fundraiser to support residents, business owners and property owners impacted by the flooding.
100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will go towards replacing the iconic Ellicott City clock.
Staub Art Studio Ellicott City Fundraiser is Sunday, September 18 from 1-4 p.m. Under the direction of Maria & George Goebel, students will complete a 9"x12" pen & ink drawing with watercolor washes of their favorite Ellicott City scene. No previous art experience needed.
All proceeds from the the 98Rock I Heart EC t-shirt will go to benefit the Ellicott City Partnership.
100 percent of the proceeds from this ECSTRONG t-shirt will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership.
100 percent of sales from this Etsy shop will go to support Ellicott City for the next two months (starting August 5).
Woofbooks will donate a portion of sales in September to the Ellicott City recovery efforts.
Maryland My Maryland is selling t-shirts to benefit the Ellicott City Partnership's relief efforts.
Luna Bella Ristorante in Columbia is matching 100 percent of cash donations given at the restaurant to benefit the Ellicott City recovery efforts.
Mary Kay by Amber Dadourian will be donating 25 percent of proceeds from sales in August to the Ellicott City Historic Partnership. Details can be found here.
$10 from every race registration for the 2 Miles for 2 Hearts run from August 1 on will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership.
Escape Artists, an artist owned and run gallery located in the heart of historic Mount Vernon is hosting an Art show featuring work by local artists in an effort to raise money to help the residents and buisness owners of Ellicott City rebuild their homes and businesses.
Support those affected by the Ellicott City flood by having fun at the YARD! $5 from every ticket sold for the Orioles game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept 23 will be split between two funds. One is for downtown Ellicott City residents and businesses thru the Ellicott City Partnership and the other is for residents in the surrounding areas who had damage done to their homes with money going to the Howard County Community Relief Fund.
Main Street Music Fest - Merriweather Post Pavilion - September 24 - a portion of the revenue will go to fund the Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) and its efforts to assist those merchants and residents impacted by the flood.
INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS EFFORTS
If you're looking for a way to support your favorite Main Street business, these Go Fund Me pages have been set up on their behalf.
Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Johnny's Bistro, Cacao Lane, Phoenix Emporium, Cunningham Studios,Tersiguel's, Sweet Elizabeth Jane, Bean Hollow, Rumor Mill, All Time Toys, Craig Coyne Jewelers, Discoveries, Journey from Junk, The Rumor Mill, Little French Market, The Clayground, The Judge's Bench, Horsespirit Arts, Still Life Gallery, Pure Wine Cafe, A La Mode Boutique, Tea on the Tiber, Shoemaker Country, Park Ridge Trading Company, Maxine's antiques, Great Panes
Thank you for your support. More events and opportunities are being planned, so please bookmark this page and comeback for regular updates.