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Oren Saltzman and Community Service
Oren Saltzman, managing member of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, has a long history of being involved in community organizations in central Maryland. Not only has he been involved in the Jewish Community as a past president of Temple Emanuel of Baltimore, he has also focused his attention on contributing to the community as a past chair of Howard County Division of the Maryland American Heart Association and as chair of Learning Inc., a non-profit organization that helped “at-risk” children in Baltimore City to prepare them to become productive citizens by obtaining their GED or high school diploma and also providing them mental health and career counseling.
Since 2014, Oren has been a board member of the Community Action Council of Howard County (the “CAC”), an organization which was first established as part of the Great Society legislation of 1965, and Oren currently serves as its chair. The CAC serves low-income Howard County residents through four core program areas: (1) food assistance through the Howard County Food Bank and its partner pantries with help of the CAC’s Community Garden; (2) energy and weatherization assistance through financial assistance for low-income home owners and tenants to make their homes and apartments more energy efficient; (3) housing assistance by providing individuals and families with financial grants to avoid evictions; and (4) early childhood education for children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families through the Head Start and Pre-K programs.
The CAC’s primary goal is to promote self-sufficiency and to assist individuals and families to lift themselves out of poverty. The CAC recently opened the Lilian Bauder Education Center in the Columbia village of Long Reach. With 4 classrooms, the new Center can provide families of children with different services (housing, food, mental health/therapy) as a one-stop shop, while children attend school, and parents can work and obtain other services that the CAC provides.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAC’s clientele more than doubled in numbers. 80,000 individuals came to the Howard County Food Bank and pop-up pantries seeking food for themselves and their families.
The CAC has also received a number of grants from the Federal Government, the State of Maryland and Howard County Government for the purpose of helping individuals and families who can’t afford rent for up to a full year.
Oren has been instrumental in encouraging the religious community to become more involved with the CAC. The CAC’s biggest event is the Holland Dinner – named for Reverend John W. Holland, which usually draws 500 participants.
In 2019, Oren helped organize a CAC fund raiser with his colleagues at Adelberg Rudow, M&T Bank and the accounting firm of Katz Abosch which was held at the Howard County Food Bank where a beneficiary of the CAC’s services informed the participants of CAC’s positive impact on her life.
Oren also contributes pro-bono legal services to CAC.
Oren has been the managing member of Adelberg Rudow since 2012 and is a business/transactional attorney who represents a number of business clients. His clients use him to review and negotiate contracts, structure and close acquisition transactions, provide tax advice and act as his clients’ general counsel. Read more about Oren here.