Giving

BMA receives $5 million to create center for prints, drawings and photographs

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Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art Photo by Ethan McLeod

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from longtime supporters Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff to establish a center dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of its 65,000-object collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

Maryland SPCA Walkathon to Support Homeless Pets

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September 9 to 26, join the Maryland SPCA for Virtual Festival for the Animals – a walkathon to support homeless pets! You can help unlock $65,000 in donations.

Here’s how it works. Register online at festivalfortheanimals.org. Every day during the Festival, take 3,000 steps by walking, running, or playing with your pet.

Every mile we complete together will unlock $100 in donations. Helps us reach our goal of 650 miles and we’ll unlock a total of $65,000 to support MD SPCA! You can submit your steps at festivalfortheanimals.org beginning September 9.

Baltimore agencies and shelters battle homelessness amid pandemic

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The Baltimore Station, located in Federal Hill, is one of the largest shelters in the city.

When COVID 19 upended the country, forcing office workers to become remote workers, students into virtual learners, and the retailers who could into pickup and delivery services, some sectors of society had to keep the doors open: the health care industry and organizations that serve the homeless.

In the Baltimore-metropolitan area, COVID created a crisis-within-a-crisis at area shelters that serve the unhoused and those on the brink of homelessness. Service providers and advocates had to quickly devise plans that would encourage social distancing and find other ways to separate residents and clients, many of whom have pre-existing conditions that put them in the eye of the coronavirus storm.

‘Sleep Out Challenge’ raises money and awareness for homelessness

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When Michelle Boyle and her marketing team at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore were planning their 2020 fundraising event to raise funds and draw awareness around the issue of ending homelessness, they had it all planned out.

They were calling the event Equinox. It would be held Sept. 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry with a waterfront backdrop, with great food and music. As a provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty, organizers said they knew they could expect at least 500 people to support the event. Then Covid-19 hit.

“We were stunned like everyone else that we were faced with the decision to postpone or cancel our inaugural event,” Boyle said. “However, safety is our top priority and we quickly shifted focus to a new way we could still raise awareness and funds to help end homelessness, but keep everyone safe.”

That new way, Boyle was said, was “The Sleep Out Challenge, an online campaign to raise funds and awareness to end homelessness locally.” Through Sept. 19, participants are asked to “Sleep Out and Share the Light” by posting a photo on social media (@svdpbaltimore, #sleepoutchallenge). The Sleep Out Challenge may include a tent with a flashlight, a sleeping bag with a battery-powered lantern on a deck or porch or sitting around a fire or open a window and “sleep out” in a living room with a single candle or other lighting. Participants are asked to donate $25 and tag four people to participate in the challenge.

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.

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