ACS was proud to lead the effort to develop, and now manage the NonProfit Collaborative (NPC). Opened in March of 2017 through a public-private partnership, the NPC:

Improves access to services for residents in need
Fosters innovative collaborations to better serve our community
Provides operating efficiencies by sharing space and resources

Fifteen nonprofit organizations have offices in the NPC. It also provides a mailing address and hot desks for small and emerging nonprofits. Many more community organizations hold meetings and outreach activities in this space. The NPC anchors the Howard County Community Resources Campus that is located in central Columbia and served by public transit.


9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Tenant Partners

Association of Community Services of Howard County supports a dynamic network of over 100 member organizations through education, advocacy and connections.

Athelas Institute provides a multitude of innovative work and educational opportunities as well as a variety of services to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Bridges to Housing Stability provides case management to help homeless and near-homeless families attain and maintain housing stability, and provides an affordable housing program for low-wage workers.

Camp Attaway provides a summer day camp program for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Held in Howard County, the camp offers a variety of activities to ensure safe, therapeutic, and most importantly, fun-filled days for children, as well as weekly support and education group for their parents.

Compass, Inc. provides residential, day, and employment support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Heritage Housing Partners Corporation owns and manages group homes for disabled and mentally challenged, and affordable housing for low-income senior citizens.

HopeWorks, Inc. provides the following services to families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault: 24-hour hotline; emergency and transitional shelter; legal assistance counseling; education and outreach; New Behaviors program for abusers; and Pet Safe.

Howard County Autism Society serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and educational opportunities.

Howard County Housing Commission owns, manages and maintains residential properties, develops new affordable housing opportunities, operates the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Howard EcoWorks employs Howard County residents ages 16 – 26 to build rain gardens and conservation landscapes that filter storm water runoff and alleviate flooding from pavement and other impervious surfaces. It provides living wage jobs for young adults who have a hard time finding work and helps Howard County meet its federally mandated storm water management obligations.

MakingChange provides financial education and asset building programs to empower people to control their money and change their lives.

Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center provides free mediation and conflict resolution services, including. Group Facilitation, Restorative Dialogue, Restorative Reflection, Restorative Circles, education and training.

S.A.F.E. – Supplying Allergy Friendly and Emergency – Food Pantry works to fulfill its mission to educate, inspire, and engage the community about the necessity for gluten free and allergy-friendly food and provide that safe food to those in need.

United Way of Central Maryland provides funding to health and human service agencies in Central Maryland, as well as provides 2-1-1, which is a 24-hour information and referral service.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake assists the most vulnerable and under-served people achieve their full potential through services that are designed locally to address specific community needs. Their common areas of focus include promoting self-sufficiency for the homeless and for other overcoming personal crises, caring for the elderly and disabled and fostering their independence, and supporting positive development for troubled and at-risk children and youth.

For more information, visit or contact:

Cheri Auger, NonProfit Collaborative Manager