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  • 27 Sep 2021 2:14 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    In July, County Executive Calvin Ball announced $1 million in HoCo RISE grants to social services nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Howard County. CAMOM and several other organizations were among the recipients. The grant money comes from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community, while the grants will be administered by the Howard County Economic Development Authority. 

    In announcing the funding, Ball explained in the Columbia Patch, "Our nonprofit community has worked tirelessly during this pandemic to support our most vulnerable, and we need to help the helpers." He continued, "If we want to be successful on our road to recovery, we must lift up our nonprofits and our community that wakes up every day asking themselves, 'how can we help?' These grants will ensure that our nonprofits have the resources, funding, and operations to continue their important daily work to support our residents."

    "We are extremely grateful to County Executive Ball for his leadership during the pandemic and for the $5,000 HoCo RISE Grant we received," shared CAMOM Co-Presidents Krista MacGahan and Maria Strohmayer in a joint statement. "It provides us with the means to support operational costs, upgrade technology and safety measures at our major consignment sale fundraisers, and develop hybrid in-person/online programming so that we can continue to foster support and connection within families of multiples in our area."

    RISE is an acronym for 'Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively'. Other nonprofit organizations in the health and human services, youth services, business assistance and workforce development sectors within Howard County also received HoCo RISE Grants from the County. 


  • 4 Sep 2021 8:29 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    We have decided to cancel CAMOM's Fall 2021 Consignment Sale to keep our community safe as the Delta variant expands in Maryland. 

    As a safer alternative, the Sales Committee will host an outdoor drop-off event for FUNDrive on the same date and location, September 18, 2021, from 10am-2pm, at Lincoln Tech. We will be collecting mainly soft goods (clothing, shoes & belts, handbags & backpacks, sheets & blankets, towels, tablecloths & curtains, etc.)

    The consignment sales have historically been our largest fundraiser and we will be shifting funds allocated to the Fall 2021 Sale to other member resources. Donations are always accepted at camom.org/Donate.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@camom.org. To our current sellers, thank you for all the work you've already put into the Fall sale. To our hard working Board volunteers, thank you for all the time and creative ways you have brainstormed to make a sale feasible despite our COVID limitations. We hope to be able to hold a safe and successful sale in the spring!

    Thank you,

    Krista MacGahan and Maria Strohmayer


  • 28 Aug 2021 10:32 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the Fall 2021 Consignment Sale will be held at a new venue, the Lincoln School of Technology on Saturday, September 18, 2021. 

    Check out up-to-date information about the upcoming sale by visiting camom.org/consignment. This page will also provide downloadable sale flyers in English and Spanish to spread the word around town. 

    New this year, CAMOM members are also welcome to access member-only content at camom.org/consignment-seller for information on seller registration, seller guidelines, and FAQs.

    Please also note that per our update mask policy, masks will be required at all indoor events including the upcoming Fall sale.

    We can't wait to welcome you to our new space and help you to empty out your closets while supporting CAMOM! Happy buying and selling!


  • 27 Aug 2021 8:32 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    CAMOM has been monitoring the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in and around the county as the Delta variant has spread. The CDC now strongly recommends that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while indoors. The CAMOM Board has voted to follow this recommendation to require face masks at indoor CAMOM events out of an abundance of caution and care for our members and families. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we adjust to a changing COVID landscape.


  • 17 Jul 2021 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CAMOM did an online drive for the Howard County NICU. Our members stepped up.  They purchased 40 Halo swaddles in Newborn and Preemie size, as well as 14 mobiles for the cribs.  The older babies especially will like stimulation.  This is a partnership we would love to continue in the future! 





  • 5 Jul 2021 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For their monthly June board meeting, the CAMOM board stuffed bags for the NICU familes.   We stuffed 25 bags, one for each NICU bed, with chapstick, water, snacks, and and other self care items.  The goal was to provide a little support for all the families in the NICU for the July 4 holiday.  They were well received!!


  • 20 Jun 2021 8:42 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    On June 15, 2021, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. He also announced that all emergency mandates and restrictions will be terminated as of July 1. There will no longer be a statewide mask order in effect for any settings, including schools, camps, and child care facilities. These decisions are based on the data that Maryland has now surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%. 

    Based on changes to state guidelines, the CAMOM Board has voted to also lift all mask requirements for upcoming CAMOM events. Masks are always welcome, and we continue to encourage mask wearing for the protection of our pregnant mothers and prematurely-born babies and children. We also encourage families to follow public health recommendations from the CDC for unvaccinated adults and children and in indoor settings. As we begin to select new venues, masking requirements will also be subject to the discretion of the venue policy. 

    We look forward to seeing your smiles again!

    - The CAMOM Board


  • 30 Apr 2021 2:27 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan lifted the outdoor mask mandate in the state of Maryland.

    Following state guidance that face coverings are still required for "large, ticketed venues, the Board decides that CAMOM events will still require mask wearing for adults and children ages 2 and up until further notice. This decision aims to protects our pregnant members, preemie babies, and unvaccinated children and adults. 

    Thank you for helping all of us to stay COVID safe!

    - The CAMOM Board



  • 23 Mar 2021 7:00 PM | Maria Strohmayer (Administrator)

    Earlier today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and First Lady Yumi Hogan demonstrated their shared commitment to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Howard County and Maryland. In Ball's public statement, he noted that Howard County is home to nearly 60,000 Asian Americans, and many of our neighbors operate beloved businesses, restaurants, and services in our neighborhoods.

    The recent hate crimes against Asian Americans in Georgia and around the country are not consistent with CAMOM values and we condemn them in the strongest manner possible. As an organization that supports families of multiples, we stand in support of our Asian American families and all those impacted by this recent showing of hate and racism in our communities. We want to remind our members of our Member Code of Conduct that promotes inclusiveness and support of our members. 

    Maria Strohmayer & Rebekah Allen
    CAMOM Co-Presidents

  • 14 Mar 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Due to COVID-19, CAMOM has cancelled the Spring 2021 Consignment Sale. Instead, we are ramping up efforts for CAMOM’s FUNDrive, an eco-friendly fundraiser for non-profit organizations. We are collecting donations of used clothing and household textiles at various locations in Catonsville, Columbia, and Laurel now through April 2, 2021. 

    A socially-distanced drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, March 27th in a central Columbia location. Please register here for more details.

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