Category Archives: Blog

Ugh, My Hair! Don’t Ignore Self-Care.

My hair.  It is embarrassing to admit, but my hair has been dominating my thoughts for the past 72 hours.  Yes, I am aware of the pandemic.  Yes, I am aware of Governor Hogan’s recent executive order requiring all Maryland residents to stay at home, unless engaged in essential activities, such as working for an… Continue Reading

What’s in the Economic Relief Package. And When Do I Get my Check?

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed—and President Trump signed into law—a $2 trillion economic relief package to assist American households during the coronavirus crisis.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), was passed, in part, to provide financial relief to individuals and small businesses; it also provides financial assistance for hospitals… Continue Reading

Financial Help for Military Members, Active Reservists, and Retirees.

The economic fallout from COVID-19 is just beginning in many parts of the country.  Active duty servicemembers—and their families—are neither isolated, nor immune, from such financial consequences.  For those serving our country—be it through the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps— and facing financial hardship, be assured there are resources to… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Tax Season

2019 It’s VITA time again! Making Change along with CASH Campaign of Maryland is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in Howard County for the 2020 tax season. VITA Training will begin January 2020, and tax preparation will be held late-January through mid-April at the Non-Profit Collaborative in Columbia, and the Multi-Service Center… Continue Reading

MakingChange Staff Advises Attendees at Money Matters Fair

MakingChange Staff Advises Attendees at Money Matters Fair

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball presented the Money Matters Fair 2019 Sunday at The Mall in Columbia. Free financial services, such as financial planning, and information about college savings, retirement savings, credit counseling, housing counseling and consumer education were included. Government agencies, banks, credit unions, financial planners, nonprofits and counselors and coaches were exhibitors. Renee… Continue Reading

MakingChange Launches Free Tax Preparation Service

Volunteers provide assistance with tax returns at sites in Columbia and North Laurel MakingChange, a nonprofit in Howard County which empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability, recently launched its 2019 free tax preparation services at a briefing for community leaders. County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball offered remarks at the gathering, nothing that in… Continue Reading

Seminars Available for Agencies and Businesses

MakingChange seminars are available to the clients and employees of human service agencies in Central Maryland, as well as employees of local businesses. The seminars teach comprehensive financial management skills in a user-friendly and meaningful practical way. Each presentation may last up to two hours and could include handouts, quizzes and other materials. Seminar topics… Continue Reading

MakingChange Provides Financial Education for Over 2,000 People

MakingChange had a record year in FY18, helping 2,161 people manage their money and change their lives through financial wellness programs. The Howard County nonprofit’s Financial Education Seminars served 1,275 participants. The 92 seminars focused on budgeting, understanding credit, and savings, among other topics. Personal Financial Coaching was offered to 143 clients who were interested… Continue Reading

18th & 21st  Supper Club Hosts Benefit for MakingChange

18th & 21st Supper Club Hosts Benefit for MakingChange

18th & 21st, the new supper club in Downtown Columbia is hosting a benefit, “An Evening at the Speakeasy,” for MakingChange, a nonprofit in Howard County which empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability. “An Evening at the Speakeasy” is set for Monday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m, and will feature an imaginative sampling… Continue Reading