About us

We are your neighbors, volunteers working to preserve Harford’s quality of life by effectively informing residents and by advocating policies and actions for responsible land use. 

Our vision

Friends of Harford has a vision of Harford County as a community where an exceptional quality of life is achieved through respecting the environment and the needs of all citizens, by protecting natural resources, improving neighborhoods and preserving open space and our rural character.

We believe that this vision can only be realized if decisions about growth in our community are consistently influenced by a wide spectrum of citizen input and support.

How we got started

From Darlington to Joppa, and Havre de Grace to Fallston, many of us were involved in community or development issues in the past. A number of us served on the local Community Planning Councils (CPCs) that had been put into place by the Harford County Executive in 1994. And all of us were frustrated by massive residential development, overcrowded schools and highways, and other growth-related issues affecting our families and neighborhoods in Harford County.

This group of individuals determined that the citizens of the County needed an organization that would actively work to educate our citizens on growth issues and work with government to create a better future for the county. Friends of Harford, Inc. held its first public meeting in May 1997. A few hundred citizens attended, evidencing the depth of concern about growth issues in Harford County.

More about our history.

Our Officers and Board

Co-President Morita Bruce, Alan Sweatman
Vice President Glen Dudderar
Secretary Lee Crush
Treasurer Patti Dallam
Past President Sally LaBarre

Other Board Members
Judy Blomquist, Stephanie Flasch, Janet Hardy, Ron Henry
Gloria Moon, Rich Norling, Bill Onorato, Beth Poggioli, Fred Silva, Tracey Slaughter


In Memoriam – Robert Bruce, Friends of Harford’s original ​Webmaster.  Without his able guidance and perseverance, we would still be using chisels and stone as he was fond of saying.  Thanks Bob.


 Friends of Harford Annual-2015-2016-Report