Reflections on 2023

New Year’s Eve is just on the horizon and as we look into the possibilities of 2024, we can’t help but reflect on 2023. We’re grateful for our community, our friends, and our neighbors. We accomplished a great deal by working together, and for that, we all should be proud.

At HC DrugFree, we understand how challenging it can be to stay informed, which is why we are dedicated to keeping Howard County IN THE KNOW. Our mission is to give you, and your loved ones the resources you need to stay healthy and safe.

Over the course of the last year, HC DrugFree continued to offer educational opportunities like our Life Skills classes for middle schoolers and our free parenting classes, Guiding Good Choices®. We also saw a great deal of growth in our Teen Advisory Council, with many new faces, and lots of inspiring new ideas!

Of course, we also hosted our twice-a-year Medication & Sharps Collection in April and again in October resulting in a total of 2,457.5 lbs. of medication and 47 bins of sharps collected between the two events!

We accomplished so much thanks to the support of YOU: our friends, neighbors, and partners who stood by us and bolstered our commitment to keep Howard County informed, safe, and DRUG FREE.

While we remain stalwart in our dedication to providing FREE programs and resources to help County residents stay healthy and achieve success, we are facing unprecedented challenges, finding ourselves $100,000 under last year’s budget due to unexpected shifts in our grant funding.

As a nonprofit organization, HC DrugFree relies solely on one-year grants, fee-for-service contracts, and donations to fund our work. This year, your donations mean more than ever. Your support for HC DrugFree goes beyond a simple donation — it becomes an investment in the well-being and future of Howard County students, older individuals, and families. Every dollar you contribute is a commitment to the safety and future of our community.

Please consider becoming a Friend of HC DrugFree. Your support shows funders that you value the work that we do. You can become a Friend of HC DrugFree by making a donation in any of the following amounts:

$10 student

$25 individual

$50 family

$50 nonprofit organizations

$100 business

Sponsors starting as low as $500.

Thank you for your continued support of the important work we do at HC DrugFree. May 2024 be another bountiful year of community partnership as we work together to keep Howard County safe!

Or it’s not too late to mail your 2023 or 2024 donation to HC DrugFree’s office:

5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Wilde Lake Village Center
Columbia, Maryland 21044

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