2010, ACS continued to play a significant role in addressinghuman services needs in Howard County especially for those whose house-hold income is less than $50,000 for a family of four.
ACS continued strong advocacy for the needs of underservedpopulations through participation on the Howard County Board on Self Sufficiency.
In partnership with the Policy Analysis Center, ACS updated the Self Sufficiency Indicators for Howard County .
Through the Nonprofit Resource Development Council ACS continuedits collaborative efforts to find practical solutions to the pressingproblems facing the human services community in both service deliveryand operations..
Meetings with legislators and the County Executive offered opportunity for community education, and also on issues such as the Hardship Indicatorsreport.
ACS focused efforts on three priority issues developed in this year: housing,human services delivery infrastructure and work support.. The housing initiative concentratedon securing funding for a housing trust fund for affordable housing in Howard County. Thehuman services infrastructure explored the feasibility and appropriateness of co-locatinghuman services. The work support initiative studied ways to improve access to trainingopportunities for students and entry level workers.
ACS successfully advocated to preserve human services funding in the County budget in-cluding the Community Partnership grants. ACS monitored approximately 40 State andCounty bills providing testimony on more than half of them, including the Columbia Village legis-lation and FY 2011 operating budget. ACS representatives met with the State Delegation to protect fund-ing for human services from State budget cuts and with the County Executive to discuss specific concernsregarding human services.
Improving Human Services In Howard County
Reaching Out Recognizing Excellence
In 2010 the AudreyRobbins HumanitarianAwards celebrated its35
Anniversary. Thisyear we not only rec-
ognized this year’s
honorees, but cele-brated the more than70 exceptional volun-teers, institutions, andservice teams in thehuman services com-munity, who have con-tributed so much toHoward County.
2010 Audrey Robbins Humanitarians.
Back row, standing: Terry Owens, Emcee; Janet Edelman, NAMI-Howard Country, President, Volunteer Team of the Year; DonnaWells, Howard Country Mental Health Authority, Employee of theYear; Jay Blackman, ACS President. Front row, seated: NancyHuggins, Audrey Robbins Awards, Co-Chair; Susan Rosenbaum,Lifetime Achievement Award, Kathleen Dugan, Center for Adop-tion Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), Volunteer of the Year .
In 2010 ACSexpanded itsoutreach. Inaddition toour electronicnewsletter,we continuedto distributeprint copies of our popular Directory of Ser-vices
: Looking for Answers
,and plunged into Social Media.We established a Facebookpage that featured ACS news, news ondevelopments of importance to ACS members, andinteresting resources, and regularly posted on Ho-CoMoJo. The Business Monthly in February 2010again featured ACS and its members