Giving

Stages Music Arts Announces Virtual Concert to Benefit Baltimore Hunger Project

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Music lesson, recording studio and live event production company​ ​Stages Music Arts​ will host a virtual concert to benefit Baltimore Hunger Project​,​ ​which is dedicated to eliminating weekend childhood hunger, on Thursday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert, which is free, will be raising money for Baltimore Hunger Project via GoFundMe.

The concert features some of the Baltimore area’s finest singer-songwriter talent, including hometown hero and nationally touring act ​Cris Jacobs, ​music scene veteran and Stages instructor ​Mitch Treger ​performing with Stages general manager​ Charles Simon​, and the raw, emotive ​Scott Siskind ​of Vinny Vegas. The concert also features Charleston, South Carolina-based one-man band ​Super Reggae Man, ​whose mesmerizing performances have him building songs by looping six live instruments.

The concert will be livestreamed from Stages Music Arts’​ ​Facebook page​.

Joe Uddeme Discusses Volunteering through “Bunches of Lunches”

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For Joe Uddeme, a Pikesville High Alum and member of Jewish Baltimore, being able to give directly to the community is vital.

“If you look around the world, you know that people need help everywhere – in Europe. In Africa. In the United States,” says Joe. “People in our own backyard need help. If we can help those people, it’s my belief that communities will start to prosper and when that happens, things start to grow.”

Joe sees volunteerism as a way to impact a community directly, sometimes in ways that financial contributions cannot. It’s something he has been doing for the past 20 years, and it’s what led him to the Bunches of Lunches Program, a meal delivery program that began as a partnership between Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS). Today, it now includes Beth El Congregation, which became a partner when the program became community-wide on April 27.

How the Maryland SPCA is Coping – and How You can Help

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Andy Beres, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Maryland SPCA, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
For the safety of our clients and staff, we temporarily closed our facilities to the public on March 23. However, we’ve continued to support our community. We recently launched a virtual adoption process, allowing us to place pets in forever homes while observing social distancing per CDC guidelines. We’re also offering virtual training classes via Zoom.

Additionally, we’re providing community pet food assistance; supporting our fosters with food, supplies, and vet care; and providing free phone consultations.

Our 25th annual Festival for the Animals was postponed until September 26, 2020. For the time being, we’ve also suspended our humane education classes, spay/neuter services, and veterinary care to the public.

Supporting One Another – How Second Chance Inc. is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Second Chance Inc. on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Our retail store in downtown Baltimore (located at 1700 Ridgely St.) is still open, but we have reduced our hours of operation to 9am to 5pm on Thursday through Sunday. We are considered an essential business since we sell building supplies like lumber and appliances. Fortunately, since we have 250,000 square feet of space, it has been relatively easy to maintain social distancing, and we’re being diligent with sanitary and other precautions.

We have seen a decrease in our deconstruction work, with less calls coming in and fewer active jobs. We are still picking up donations, as long as our workers can maintain social distance, which means we will pick up curbside or in a garage, but we aren’t entering donors’ homes at this time. Donations can also be dropped off at our retail location during operating hours.

Our volunteers, who support us here every week and have a significant positive impact on our operations, have been asked to re-schedule until the Governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted.

Seven Ways You Can Make a Difference During the Current COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives. From families and individuals who need food, to older adults experiencing isolation, there are many in our community who could use our help now more than ever.

Check out these volunteer opportunities from our agencies and overseas partners on ways you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Prevent Loneliness

Through Jewish Volunteer Connection, volunteers will reach out to isolated individuals, helping them feel connected during these trying times while also checking in on their wellness. Interested individuals should visit this page for more info.

How The Arc Baltimore is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Arc Baltimore’s Chief Advancement Officer, Kate McGuire, CFRE, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have had to close our day service programs and have suspended supported employment for people working on our contract services in landscaping and janitorial. This impacts over 700 people. On the plus side, direct support staff from our day centers are helping us staff day time shifts at over 70 homes where we are supporting over 300 people with disabilities. Normally, we don’t have staff in the homes during the day because people there go out to jobs or other day programs. Our staff is pulling together to keep these essential supports together. Many additional supplies for sanitizing homes, masks and gloves, and even some games and puzzles to keep everyone content are being distributed every day. In addition, we are maintaining outreach to the hundreds of supported workers who are now unemployed. We are helping them get their benefits adjusted, proving food assistance when needed, and providing daily reassurance.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Over 300 people with developmental disabilities depend on us 24/7 in their homes to be safe and secure. For some that means help with bathing and personal care. For others it’s the distraction of a board game. Like all Marylanders, it is difficult for people with developmental disabilities to deal with the uncertainties of life during the coronavirus. Anxieties are high. Our staff are daily heroes.

UPDATE: Choral Arts Gala now an Online Auction from Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5

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UPDATED: The safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff is Choral Arts’ top priority. Therefore, we are announcing that our in-person Gala will be transformed into an online auction, and you can bid on fun and exciting auction items from the comfort of your own home! The auction will be held from Friday, April 3 at 9 am to Sunday, April 5 at 9 pm. You will be able to bid on fun and exciting auction items from the comfort of your own home! Click here for more information.

Baltimore’s Terry Willner is Doing Good in Baltimore

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As a native Baltimorean, Terry Willner has always felt connected to her hometown. Like many of her friends, she never ventured far for too long – attending Emory University in Atlanta and then moving back to Baltimore after graduation.

It is this love for Baltimore and the conviction to make a difference that inspired this mother of two sons, Alex and Evan, to give back. She began volunteering through The Associated’s Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC), and now serves as chair. This year, she’s particularly excited about JVC’s newest project which she believes will inspire thousands to do good. She talks about this effort and reveals why Baltimore is so dear to her heart.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to Host 14th Annual Empty Bowls Family-Friendly Event to Raise Critical Funds to Help End Poverty

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Please join St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore on March 21 for the 14th Annual EMPTY BOWLS. This annual event raises critical funds for services that ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential. This fun family- friendly event features savory soups and food from local restaurants, auction items, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Each ticket purchaser can browse through thousands of hand-crafted, ceramic bowls and choose one to take home as a symbol and reminder of the hunger, homelessness, and poverty in our community. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.emptybowlsbaltimore.org.

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