COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, along with Hussman Institute for Autism, teamed up with the Howard County Police Department’s for Rebuilding Day on April 23, an initiative of Rebuilding Together Howard County. The team of police, COLA and Hussman volunteers worked throughout the day to provide critical home repairs to a local Howard County family. Joining the volunteers was Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman.
COLA, a longstanding and proud Howard County business, residing in Columbia for 20 years, recently committed to remain in its current location through 2024. COLA has embraced this partnership with Rebuilding Together and the Howard County Police Department as a way to give back to the community that has served as its corporate residence for so many years.
“At COLA, giving back to the community is a staple of our organizational culture,” said COLA’s CEO Doug Beigel. “As proud corporate residents of Howard County, we are honored to have the opportunity to stand with the HCPD as we build stronger relationships with the citizens of the county.”
This year, Rebuilding Together Howard County rehabbed over 30 homes and performed countless projects during Rebuilding Day, bringing together almost 1,000 volunteers to serve homeowners (including elderly, handicapped, veterans, and families with small children) and communities in need across the county. With over $218,500 in grant funding this year, repairs included replacing roofs, repairing plumbing, and performing electrical and carpentry rehabbing jobs for low income residents of Howard County. National Rebuilding Day has been recognized by community leaders and national corporate partners for its immediate and large-scale impact to communities across the country.
Rebuilding Together Howard County is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing that provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs. National Rebuilding Day is part of National Rebuilding Month, a month-long national call to service during the entire month of April. Nearly 20,000 volunteers will serve on over 700 affiliate-lead community revitalization projects during the entire month of April.
If interested in supporting Rebuilding Together Howard County, please visit http://www.rebuildingtogetherhowardcounty.org/fundraising/ or call (410) 381-2228 to see how you can get involved.
COLA accredits nearly 8,000 medical laboratories and provides the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation, and accreditation. The organization is an independent, non-profit accreditor whose education program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements. COLA is recognized by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services as a deemed accrediting organization. COLA’s program is endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and is also recognized by The Joint Commission. For more information about COLA accreditation services and educational products, and online educational opportunities, please call 800-981-9883 or visit COLA’s web site at www.cola.org.
About Rebuilding Together Howard County
This year Rebuilding Together Howard County has repaired more houses than ever before as we transition from providing free home repairs one day each year to year-round servicing. Rebuilding Together will soon be celebrating its 25th year in Howard County and has repaired over 750 houses for low income homeowners to enable them to be safe, warm and dry. Visit us at www.RebuildingTogetherHowardCounty.org.
COLA employees and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (right) teamed up on April 23 with the Hussman Institute for Autism and the Howard County Police Department to provide critical home repairs for a local Howard County family. The initiative was part of Rebuilding Together Howard County.