Teams of two will come ready to battle tonight at Blue Agave in Federal Hill, stuffing their faces in the name of helping a Southwest Baltimore charity.
For years, Duane “Shorty” Davis has been cooking up food for the masses in Baltimore, oftentimes at no cost. That was all interrupted this week, when his double-tiered smoker grill was stolen from behind a community center in Southwest Baltimore.
Pro hoops player Rudy Gay hasn’t forgotten his Baltimore roots.
Nearly three full years have passed since Ray Rice last suited up for a professional football team. Yesterday, when Rice made a homecoming trip to play in a charity basketball game in Baltimore, he said he still doesn’t quite yet see the light at the end of the tunnel for his career.
Have you donated time, money, or other resources over the past year to help make the neighborhood/city/world a better place? If so, you’re in good company–Marylanders are some of the most charitable people in the country, according to Forbes.
Jada Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, and the city still seems to hold a special place in her heart. Last week, the actress made a major contribution to the Victims Emergency Fund, which helps support victims and witnesses of crime–more than the entire amount the fund dispersed last year, in fact.
Recently named one of the “top 500 most important people on the planet” by Foreign Policy magazine, Carolyn Woo took the reins in 2012 as head of Catholic Relief Services, headquartered in Baltimore. As the official Catholic international humanitarian aid organization, (Catholic Charities is domestic) Catholic Relief Services has over 5,000 employees in 91 countries serving more than 100 million people annually. Its mission — based on need, without regard to race, nationality or religion — is to “promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.” With annual revenues of $823 million, CRS is currently 39th on the Forbes list of the largest U.S. charities. Its offices, at 228 W. Lexington Street, are in what was once Stewart’s department store.
Dr. Woo came to CRS from the University of Notre Dame (not to be confused with Notre Dame of Maryland University on Charles Street) where she served for 12 years as the Dean of the Mendoza College of Business. While there, she brought the undergraduate business school up to its current number one ranking (Bloomberg Businessweek) while maintaining its Catholic mission. Her expertise in the areas of corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, and management bring a new, more financially-based perspective to the enormous and far-reaching charity.
Dr. Woo has an interesting personal story as well. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she attended a Catholic school run by the Maryknoll Sisters, American nuns who devoted their lives to overseas service. Influenced by these women, she came to America against the wishes of her family, having raised on her own the money for one year of schooling. She attended Purdue University, where, after the first year, she won a scholarship for international students, and graduated with highest honors with an undergraduate degree in economics. She stayed on at Purdue to earn a masters degree and a Ph.D., as well.
For a city that so often makes the news for its problems, it’s lovely to see Baltimore getting some press for something 100 percent positive: on Tuesday, Baltimoreans donated more than $5 million to local non-profits (yes, in a single day), making us the most generous city in America.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF BALTIMORE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore needs your help! With only 6 full-time employees, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore relies heavily upon its corps of volunteers to help make the House go round. This summer, Maryland’s only Ronald McDonald House is expanding its volunteer program and is seeking interested individuals who would like to volunteer in a variety of capacities, and can make a regular weekly commitment to the House. Volunteer openings include:
- Welcome Desk/Guest Relations Volunteers
- Kitchen Hosts/Hostess
- Handy Helper Volunteers
All volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 hours of service per week for a minimum of 6 months. For a full description of each position, visit www.rmhcbaltimore.org/how-to-help/volunteer/opportunities.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is the only Ronald McDonald House in the state of Maryland. More than 35,000 families have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore since it opening in 1982. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is open to families in need of respite care while their children are being treated at area hospitals.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore
635 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information, about these volunteer opportunities, contact Amber Rose at email@example.com. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, visit www.rmhcbaltimore.org.
Last month, we reported on a group of women who took on an intense, 365-mile bike tour of Maryland to raise money (and awareness) for the Baltimore-based charity World Relief. But that group wasn’t the only one to put its thigh-strength to work for a good cause; yesterday, the 5 Gyres Last Straw Plastic Pollution Solutions Bike Tour passed through Baltimore on its triumphant 1400-mile (!!) bike ride to raise awareness of how much plastic clogs our beaches, rivers, and oceans. So, no, even if they get REALLY thirsty, they’re not drinking out of plastic water bottles.
Maybe Baltimore’s city government has demanded homeowners refund misapplied tax credits so quickly because it has to refund some misdirected money of its own. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation wrote a $200,000 check intended for United Way of Maryland’s “Journey Home” initative, an ambitious project aimed at ending homelessness in Baltimore. Somehow, the city received the funds instead. And now the foundation is asking that the city send the money back. (Isn’t this great?)
Baltimore’s Board of Estimates will hold a vote today to decide whether to return the money. (Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the homeowners who are on the hook with the city could have just gotten together and voted on whether to repay the tax credits?)
Now this story is not quite as juicy as it could be. Looks like the city was going to put it toward “The Journey Home” anyway, specifically to fund the salary of a new director for the project. So, in the end, it may not make much of a difference. Still, it’s nice to see the shoe on the other foot.