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How can I help support HCPSS during the COVID-related closures?

We appreciate the offers of help from our community. HCPSS and Bright Minds Foundation, the school system’s educational foundation, have launched an emergency Access to Learning Fund to raise money for critical education access supports for HCPSS students during the extended coronavirus school closure.

The Access to Learning Fund will support the purchase and use of learning resources, including items such as assistive technology, connectivity resources, online memberships, printed materials, mailing costs, multimedia equipment and other supplementary resources some families may need to support remote student learning.

Contributions to the Access to Learning Fund may be made in the following ways:

  • Visit the Bright Minds website under DONATE.
  • Text HCPSS to 501-55.
  • Mail a check to the Bright Minds Foundation, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Please designate “Access to Learning Fund” in the comment field.

Additional opportunities include:

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for medical and non-medical volunteers to support COVID-19 response. The MRC is used to augment existing public health and medical staffing for flu clinics and other activities within the Howard County Health Department, as well as emergencies or disasters regardless of cause. For more information contact Lauren Williams at 410-313-6271 or lawilliams@howardcountymd.gov.

Additionally, Howard County charities are coordinating to raise funds and deploy critical resources to nonprofits in Howard County through HoCoRespond.com. The Howard County Food Bank, American Red Cross and other local charities would also welcome your support during this pandemic.

Please email the HCPSS Partnerships Office (partnerships@hcpss.org) if you need assistance.