April 2022

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Gift Registry Grassroots has set up a Charity Registry at Target so donors can purchase household supplies for residents moving from the shelter into their own new apartments. The gifts range from $5 gift cards to sheets and lamps. Volunteer Coordinator Monteith Mitchell has posted the housewarming items needed. See the wanted list here.
Healthy Meals If you belong to an organization that is looking for a community service project, suggest members prepare a healthy meal for Grassroots residents at the shelter. Volunteers are always welcome to fix lunch or dinner for the 50 individuals and family members who are being helped by Grassroots counselors to find more stable housing and services so they can improve their circumstances. If you don’t cook, consider a carry-out or delivery order from a local restaurant.  Find suggestions for good meals here.
Run/Walk Light the Night 5k for Suicide Prevention is being held April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Oakland Mills High SchoolThe event is supported by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Maryland Chapter (AFSP), Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Bullseye Running, and the Howard County Department of HealthFunds raised will benefit both the Maryland Chapter of AFSP and Grassroots in support of their mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Register here.
Beaus Featured The Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is hosting its 21st Biennial Beautillion on Saturday, April 23, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.  The formal black tie event is a fundraiser for the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill.  Beneficiaries of the 2022 Beautillion include Columbia Community Care and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Tickets are $150 for adults and $65 for children.  Register here.

Raffle In addition, the Beautillion’s “Beaus” are conducting a 50/50 raffle with funds being split between the winner and Columbia Community Care, Grassroots and the Jack and Jill Foundation. Purchase raffle tickets here. You do not need to be present to win.

Food & Wine Rotary Club of Columbia/Patuxent is hosting Le Tour de Vines 2022 on Thursday, May 12, 6-9 p.m., at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.  The event features food and wine pairings and benefits Community Action Council, Grassroots and other nonprofits.  The cost is $60.  Register here

Thank You
In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County presented Grassroots, one of its nonprofit partners, with $2,000.  In addition, two women living in the Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter were the recent beneficiaries of $1,435 to help with car problems that were preventing them from working.  The money came from WGC donors who heeded an Emergency Response Network request.

Grassroots is grateful for the expertise of Columbia-based Health Tech Alley in helping us select Electronic Health Record software to meet the expanding needs of our 24-7 crisis intervention center and the successful launch of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Generous partners are essential in serving vulnerable individuals in the community.  Thank you especially to Robert Zimmerman and Dr. Arti Patel Varansi, two of the founders of the company.

Are You a Friend of Grassroots?
Are you a donor to Grassroots? Have you made a gift this year? Grassroots depends upon the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community to support its free services to people in crisis, to help provide the 24-7 hotline and suicide prevention efforts, round-the-clock personal counseling, Mobile Crisis Team, the shelter programs and other activities to help people achieve a positive resolution to their crisis situation. Please make a gift to Grassroots today. Any size gift is welcome. If you can afford $50 or more per month, consider joining The Friends of Grassroots who donate $600 or more per year. Thank you for your support.
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