ACS is the how in Howard County


Who We Are

The Association of Community Services (ACS) is a dynamic network of 100+ Howard County member organizations and individuals serving more than 100,000 Howard County families and individuals.

ACS members come from every area of Howard County's human services community. They include:

  • government agencies;
  • non-profit organizations;
  • for-profit organizations;
  • faith-based organizations; and
  • individuals who are concerned about human services.

We are a membership organization supported by volunteers complementing a small staff.

What We Do

Our Members Make a Difference - We Make it Easier

ACS advances human services in Howard County by offering members the information, support, training, education and connections they need to:

  • operate successfully;
  • provide services efficiently;
  • inform the community about their services; and
  • address pressing human services issues

Our efforts are dedicated to improving the lives of Howard County residents. We are the premiere organization for connecting you with the community thought leaders and cutting edge information so you can effectively lead your organization or cause. We invite you to join us.
Other Ways You Can Become Involved:

  • Attend ACS Meetings and training events to connect with other like-minded individuals in the room.
  • Volunteer to serve on an ACS Committee.
  • Submit a nomination, attend or sponsor the Annual Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards.

Join ACS as a Member
As a member, our commitment to you is twofold:

  1. provide you with the information and knowledge that is relevant to your needs, and
  2. help you make connections with other members and professionals that are relevant, worthwhile and purposeful in nature.

Membership is about you. Every membership is it should be.


Our Strategic Mission


The mission of ACS is to support Howard County nonprofits in the achievement of their missions because strong nonprofits improve the quality of life for all.


For Howard County to be a community where all residents have access to the resources they need to thrive.


We believe in the following shared principles, beliefs and priorities:

Respect:  We treat nonprofits and those they support with dignity and respect.

We prioritize activities that effectively further our mission and goals.

Collaboration: We connect people and create a place where collective knowledge can be leveraged for the greater good.

Leadership: We strive to be a role model for other nonprofits in leading change.


Goal 1: Build a stronger more sustainable nonprofit community in Howard County

Goal 2: Engage the community in dialogue and action to reduce barriers and to improve the quality of life of Howard County residents

Goal 3: Exemplify best practices in nonprofit management/Be a role model and change agent

Goal 4: Build brand awareness; Be the trusted voice/trusted advisor

Approved by the ACS Board of Directors on September 27, 2018.

Association of Community Services

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 301
Columbia, MD 21046

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