Donate to the Ellicott City Partnership
OR make check payable to Ellicott City Partnership (ECP)
and mail to P.O. Box 92, Ellicott City, MD 21041.
The ECP is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Your donation will help our organization’s mission of preserving the heritage of Old Ellicott City while enhancing its economic growth.
What the ECP has accomplished to date:
- Distributed $13,000 in gift cards to residents, merchants, and property owners in the days immediately after the flood to purchase emergency necessities.
- Distributed over $82,000 in $500 cap Emergency Relief Mini-Grants to 168 residents and merchants.
- Contributed approximately $80,000 to allow professionals to do a safe clean up of properties that were deemed health hazards.
- Processed 299 EC Strong grant applications and disbursed approximately $1.8 million in relief and rebuilding funds to residents, business owners, and property owners.
- Teamed up with Heritage Automotive – Catonsville Toyota to disburse $50,000 in automotive grants to 44 Historic District residents, employees, and business owners whose cars were destroyed in the flood.
Questions can be directed to 443-240-2060.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Old Ellicott City, MD
January 30, 2017
Old Ellicott City – Six Months Later
Images of the destructive force of the waters that swept through Old Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016 became international news. In less than 30 minutes, dreams were swept away, businesses destroyed, hundreds left unemployed, residents made homeless, and two lives lost. 911 switchboards were overwhelmed with calls for help. First responders waited impatiently on the edges of town until the flash flood waters receded. The Ellicott City Partnership’s Executive Director, Maureen Sweeney Smith, acted quickly and created a donation page that very evening. Financial support immediately began to flow in from as far away as Ireland and Germany.
In the five months that followed, the ECP raised a total of $1.8 million dollars to support our community thanks to generous individuals and businesses. One hundred percent of donations went directly back into the community with the organization shouldering all of the administrative costs which are projected to rise to between $55,000 and $60,000. In total, the non-profit ECP administered five separate relief programs to 190 residents in 107 households, 90 businesses, and 81 property owners including:
- $13,000 in gift cards for emergency needs in the days immediately after the flood
- $82,000 of $500 relief mini grants within weeks of the aftermath of the flood
- $80,000 in professional cleaning services
- $1.6 million in relief and rebuilding grants to residents, business owners, and property owners
- $50,000 in replacement contribution funds for those whose car was completely destroyed.
On this six-month milestone in our recovery process, the ECP is proud to share that more than 70 businesses have reopened and several new businesses will be joining our Main Street. But with an estimated $22.4 million in property damage alone, there is still work to be done. As we wrap up the final grant distributions, the ECP, now in its third year, will return to its original mission of preserving the heritage and vitality of Old Ellicott City with a special focus on enhancing and creating economic growth. The One EC Recovery Project will now take the baton to continue the task of long term disaster recovery assistance for our residents.
The ECP sincerely thanks the following people for their leadership and dedication to our community: Governor Larry Hogan; Congressman Elijah Cummings; Senator Benjamin Cardin; Retired Senator Barbara Mikulski; State Delegate Robert Flanagan; State Senator Gail Bates; Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman; the Howard County Council, especially Councilman Jon Weinstein; all of the first responders; all of the Howard County Departments involved in the immediate relief and ongoing recovery of Ellicott City; our partners on the EC Strong committee; the United Way of Central Maryland; the Community Foundation of Howard County; the Howard County Economic Development Authority; Howard County Tourism; Preservation Maryland; the Patapsco Heritage Greenway; the Community Action Council of Howard County; and the volunteers of Metanoia Church and the ECP board members and who were some of the first to go in and muck out affected buildings. ###
Maureen Sweeney Smith, Executive Director
Ellicott City Partnership
PO Box 92
Ellicott City, MD 21041
Ellicott City Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the heritage and vitality of Historic Ellicott City, Maryland while enhancing and creating economic growth.
To contact the Ellicott City Partnership call 443-240-2060
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org