Neighbor Ride, Howard County, Maryland
Neighbor Ride is a volunteer-based nonprofit that has been providing door-to-door transportation for Howard County residents, age 60 and over, since 2004. Transportation to destinations within a 900 square mile area is provided for medical appointments, social outings, religious services, shopping, fitness activities and other day-to-day needs. Neighbor Ride’s original team of 20 volunteers has grown to one of over 350, all deeply committed to the seniors they serve.
Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, Howard County, Maryland
The Vivian Reid Community Fund provides emergency financial assistance to older adults in Howard County whose needs cannot be met by public funds. The fund began with an initial donation from Vivian Reid, a former administrator of the Howard County Office on Aging, and continues today thanks to generous donations from the local community.
Food on the 15th, Howard County, Maryland
COGS is proud to be a sponsor of Food on the 15th, a local community service project of Pointers Run Elementary and Clarksville Middle schools in Clarksville, Maryland. Each month students at these schools bring in non-perishable grocery donations. The students sort, bag, and deliver (with the assistance of their parents) the groceries, free of charge, around the 15th of each month to economically challenged seniors in a senior residential building in Howard County.
Howard Community College, Scholarship Fund
COGS has established a scholarship fund for the benefit of students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Theory and Clinical Course in the Continuing Education Division at Howard Community College (HCC). At least once a year, COGS contributes to the HCC Educational Foundation. The Foundation awards one or more $500 scholarships to students, who are chosen by the CNA program faculty based on their interest in serving seniors and financial need. The scholarship is intended to defray approximately one-half of the student's expenses, which include not only tuition and fees payable to HCC, but also testing fees, a background check, a uniform, shoes, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.