Columbia Community Care was created as a direct response to growing concerns that were being voiced to Erika Chavarria, Founder and Executive Director, by the students she teaches at Wilde Lake High School and parents alike. Understanding the depth of these concerns, our organization responded with immediate emergency relief and focused on relationship and partnership building to continue to address every area of concern that was presented.
With help from dedicated volunteer staff, our organization currently provides food and household necessities to the greater Howard County community during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we know that there are needs in our community that extend far beyond the needs of just physical survival. As educators, we know the importance of creating safe spaces for mental and emotional well being and healing. We must provide spaces for the development of essential skills, in depth learning, and critical thinking. All of this is necessary so that our young people and our communities at large not only survive, but thrive and prosper to their fullest potential.
Since March 2020, we have provided food & essential items to nearly 100,000 people
Columbia Community Care is officially seeking to expand to a brick and mortar space to be called Columbia Community Care Peace & Justice Center.