Columbia’s inaugural city-wide home tour held on June 6 was a smash hit and raised over $2,800 to donate to a local charity, One Months Rent. The tour sponsors, the ten Villages of Columbia and the Columbia Archives, presented the funds to Anne Dodd, President, and Jane Parish, Treasurer of One Month’s Rent Initiative.
One Months Rent is a private community organization which partners with the Community Action Council of Howard County to assist in paying one month’s rent or a security deposit for Howard County residents who are threatened with losing their housing due to a personal, economic, or medical crisis. 100% of all donations that the charity receives go to help those in need. In the six years that the organization has been in existence, they have raised over $100,000.00 and helped over 80 families from losing their homes. They simply ask that recipients help someone else with housing sometime during their lifetime.
Next year’s Columbia Home Tour will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Participants will again take a self-guided tour of five distinctive homes within the villages of Columbia. Additionally, the Owen Brown Community Center will be open offering light refreshments and a historic display. Presently the committee is seeking homes for the 2011 tour. If you are interested in being part of this positive community event please contact Carol Hobelmann at 410-730-3987.