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The Loan Closet of Howard County is located in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite #11 in Columbia, MD 21045. 

Community Comments

“What a wonderful facility the Loan Closet is for Howard County residents with medical needs - you should be proud!”


"This is an amazing resource, not only for older residents, but anyone in need of medical equipment..."

 

"Great feeling knowing I was helping others and helping the environment by recycling..."


"This place is amazing! I benefited from their resources after my recent foot surgery..."

 

“I would like to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to the Loan Closet for giving me my mobility and independence back.”

Operating Hours/Contact Info

The Loan Closet of Howard County
Located in the Long Reach Village Center

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday:

9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Please call to verify equipment availability.

Address: 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite #11, Columbia, MD 21045
Phone:  410-313-0363 (voice/relay) /  FAX: 410-313-0369
Email: loancloset@howardcountymd.gov

Holidays Observed by the Loan Closet

Inclement Weather Policy

We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather; closing is a last resort. Our inclement weather policy is as follows: 

If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County or Howard County Government is closed, the Loan Closet of Howard County will be closed. 
In the event that Howard County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Loan Closet of Howard County will have a delayed opening, striving to open at noon.
In the event of a 2 hour delay by the school system,  the Loan Closet will open at 10 a.m. and all operations begin at this time. 
In the event of a 1 hour delay  the Loan Closet will be open, with programming and operations as usual.
If Howard County Public Schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather and after-school activities are suspended, the Loan Closet operations may be affected.
In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status number     410-313-7777,  or the Loan Closet of Howard County, 410-313-0363 for up to date information. 


Available Items

Please call to verify the availability of items ready for pickup.

Items Accepted for Donation

Accepted Equipment    Not Accepted 
 Bathing Aids    Hospital Beds
 Canes    Items missing pieces
 Hoyer Lifts    Broken Items
 Ramps (Modular/Portable)     Items that are rusted
 Scooters    Oxygen tanks
 Shower Aids    Prescription medications 
 Stairglides    Expired medical supplies 
 Therapy Aids    Mattresses
 Toilet Aids    Items containing mercury
 Walkers    Items requiring calibration
 Wheelchairs (electric/manual)     Items requiring special storage

The Loan Closet of Howard County does not accept CPAP Machines or Hospital Beds for donation.  Please contact the resources below to donate those items.

CPAP Machines
American Sleep Apnea Association
http://www.donatedcpap.org

Hospital Beds
ALS Society  1-301-978-9855
MD Tap Program  410-554-9232

Forms

In order to receive equipment customers must complete and sign the Loan Closet Application Form.
Loan Closet Application Form

In order to provide mobility devices we need your healthcare provider (Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist) to complete the Therapist Referral for Equipment for specific items such as Electric Wheelchairs, Rollators, Scooters, Quad Canes, Wheelchair Cushions, and other specialty mobility devices. 
Therapist Referral for Equipment Form

In the News

3/2017
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman
Conversation with Allan Kittleman (YouTube video)

10/28/16
Loan Closet Staff wins Howard County Government Customer Service Award
Loan Closet staff pose for photo after winning Customer Service Award

6/17/16

Amid growing aging population, Howard County's expanded Loan Closet yields benefits (The Howard County Times)

9/18/15
Kittleman announces plan to implement master plan for the aging  (The Baltimore Sun)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet?

Any resident of Howard County is eligible to receive equipment from the Loan Closet. 

How can I receive and/or donate equipment?

Please call: 410-313-0363  (voice/relay) for more information.

For how long may I have a piece of equipment?

There are suggested time frames depending on the equipment and specific needs. All requests are reviewed on an individual basis.  We encourage recipients to donate equipment back to the Loan Closet so we can serve as many Howard County residents as possible. 

How much does it cost to receive equipment?

There is no charge for Howard County residents.  

What if I am unable to pick-up and/or deliver equipment?

Pick-up and delivery are available on a limited basis.

Volunteer at the Loan Closet

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community?

Howard County's Loan Closet is an excellent place to start.

We have volunteer opportunities for adults in areas including:

  • Administrative Support
  • Donations
  • Hub Scrub/Equipment Maintenance
  • Special Event Assistance

Each opportunity posted on our volunteer website describes the paperwork requirements. To find opportunities that match your interest and to create an account, please visit www.HoCoVolunteer.org

For more information contact:
Karen Giese
Loan Closet Volunteer Coordinator
410-313-0362
kgiese@howardcountymd.gov

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Loan Closet!

Additional Resources

Maryland Access Point of Howard County

Maryland Loan Closet Directory

Equipment Link

Partners

Participating Organizations:

Way Station, Inc
Way Station believes in the promotion of health and community integration for all individuals with mental illness. With support from staff working in the Loan Closet, Way Station members have the opportunity to develop job skills, improve social skills and to provide volunteer services to the community.

Rotary Club of Columbia
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31, 000 Rotary Clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary Club of Columbia has been serving the community since 1968.

Howard County Office on Aging and Independence
The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is part of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and is the principal agency that plans, advocates, develops, and coordinates programs and services for older adults and their family members.

Rebuilding Together of Howard County
Rebuilding Together of Howard County is the local affiliate of the national  non-profit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners. By utilizing  volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and donors, and major corporate partners, RT is able to offer every repair and modification at no cost to the homeowner.
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