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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.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation at a Party & Fundraiser

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Join Us at the Baltimore Food Hub on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation – A One-Of-A-Kind Party and Fundraiser in a Building Typically Not Open to the Public.

This is the BAF’s biggest party of the year. Begin the night with a cocktail reception and open bar, or come later when the party kicks off with dancing and music. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Purchase your tickets today and find out!

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Through JVC’s Day of Service

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“Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and the wider community and help move forward Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community on this national day of service. Volunteers from across Baltimore will engage in hands-on volunteer projects and inspiring educational opportunities that will impact our beloved community not just on this holiday, but year-round.

Volunteer at this signature community event or at sites throughout Baltimore including soup kitchens, shelters, senior facilities and beautification projects.

Volunteer projects are open for all ages and abilities. Come on your own or with your family and friends! Together, let’s transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action.

Learn more and register today!

You Can Make a Difference in Over 4,000 Lives This Holiday Season

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Community Mitzvah Day, Jewish Volunteer Connection’s largest volunteer event, takes place on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 at sites throughout the Baltimore area. This local event, now in its 14th year, brings the community together as volunteers to meet vital community needs and enhance the dignity of people who may need assistance at this time of the year. Mitzvah Day offers volunteer opportunities for every age, interest and ability. Volunteers will assemble winter care packages, make fleece blankets, help in soup kitchens and shelters, visit isolated seniors and much more. Join more than a thousand other volunteers as we do good in Baltimore and make a huge impact in one day!

You don’t want to miss this year’s biggest volunteer event! Learn more and register today!

Interested in helping but can’t make it to Community Mitzvah Day? Check out our Amazon wish list and help us reach our goal of more than 2,000 winter care packages!

Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap board says comeback possible, seeks ‘more sustainable’ financing

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The entrance to the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

As soon as the announcement went out that the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is closing, the responses–from families, teachers, others–began to pour in.

It was “overwhelming,” says board member Alessa Giampaolo Keener. “There were lots of encouraging words from the community.”

There are also some offers of potential financial support. While Tuesday’s announcement about the closure made no mention of plans to reopen, Keener says those offers–plus the outpouring of support from locals–have board members mulling a comeback.

With funds lacking, the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is shutting down

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Photo via Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap/Facebook

After distributing more than $700,000 worth of school supplies over the last five years, the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is shutting down next month.

Don’t Miss This Season’s Best Dressed Sale & Boutique

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Thrift-store addicts, sale searchers and fashionistas – make sure to stop by the Best Dressed Sale & Boutique, slated for Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27. A fundraising project from the Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, shoppers can browse through new and gently used designer and vintage clothing pieces, accessories and more from featured designers including Ralph Lauren, Tahari, Michael Kors, Prada, Lily Pulitzer and many others. A Preview party will be held on Thursday, October 24. Tickets can be purchased here. The Sale will continue from Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27. Shopping for a good cause is the best shopping!

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