Tag: charity

Congratulations, Baltimore. You Are the Most Generous City in America



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.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Needs 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 protected]  For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, visit www.rmhcbaltimore.org.


Another Crazy Bike Ride for Charity Stops by Baltimore


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.

Sweet Irony: The City Has Been Asked to Return $200,000 It Received in Error


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.

Ravens Players Cause Tween Frenzy at a Towson School


I remember thinking that gym class was a waste of time… but if Ray Rice had shown up to my school, I guess I might have thought otherwise. Which is exactly what happened at Towson’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School earlier this week.

Rice (along with Ravens teammates Ricky Williams, Torrey Smith, Lee Evans, and Andre Gurode) stopped by to recognize the school as an official NFL Play 60 Super School. Which is to say that the school was recognized for encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, along with 33 other schools nationwide.

According to the Sun, the Ravens were welcomed in true teen idol fashion, with tweens shaking, screaming, and proudly wearing purple. The school’s team spirit benefits everyone:  students who wear Ravens gear on Fridays must pay 50 cents for the privilege, and the funds get donated to various charities (including Rice’s non-profit). The school wins, too — the designation as an official Play 60 Super School came with a $10,000 check to be spent on wellness programming or fitness equipment.

Charitably Chic: Shop to Give


The retail industry has taken a hit in today’s fledgling economy.  Our pockets are more shallow, we’ve tightened our belts, and it’s hard to justify accessorizing this new look without cause.  The industry has met this challenge by aligning with charitable causes to incentivize shoppers and assuage their retail guilt. This month, the fashionable philanthropy is all over Baltimore, with local retailers offering shoppers a number of ways to contribute to the community.

From now until October 23rd, the shops at The Village of Cross Keys are offering a number of charitable incentives through the shopping center’s semi-annual Cross Keys Cares event.  The Pied Piper, for instance, is collecting cash contributions and donating a percentage of sales for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.  Ruth Shaw, J. Jill, and The Store Ltd. are collecting gently warn clothing and cash donations for The House of Ruth, which helps lead the victims of domestic violence to safety and shelter. (Ruth Shaw gives a certificate for lunch at the Village Square Cafe as a thank you too.) Talbots is collecting men’s and women’s winter clothing and shoes for Paul’s Place, which provides programs and services to support struggling families in Southwest Baltimore.  There are over a dozen shops offering opportunities to get involved. For a full list of store and charity involvement, visit the Cross Keys website.

Earlier this year, The House of Ruth introduced its resale boutique, Ruth’s Closet, which collects gently used high-end fashions for resale, with 100% of profits benefitting the House of Ruth Maryland services for victims of domestic violence.  Later this month, Ruth’s Closet will host its “One Great Thing,” event, which offers shoppers an exclusive opportunity to grab some valued furs, boots, handbags and accessories donated by some of Baltimore’s most fashionable women.  The event takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th and will include expert guidance from a professional furrier. For more information, visit www.hruth.org.

Next month, Green Spring Station is getting in on the giving during its “The Weigh to Shop,” incentive, which aims to help Baltimore soup kitchen Our Daily Bread stock its shelves for the holiday season.  Customers can bring canned goods to the Nut Farm & Creamery at Green Spring Station and, in an added plus, Green Spring Station will donate a percentage of sales from future purchases based on the weight of customers’ contributions.  For contributions weighing ten pounds or less, Green Spring Station will donate 10 percent of your next purchase to Our Daily Bread. For contributions weighing more than ten pounds, Green Spring Station will donate 20 percent of your next purchase.  The week-long event will take place from November 12-19.  

This month, feel good about splurging on that new fall wardrobe – it’s for a good cause, after all.

Police Versus Firefighters in Charity Cage Match


Dunking booth not intense enough? You could try raising money with a mixed martial arts match.
On September thirtieth at Du Burns arena in Canton, Baltimore police and firefighters will face off in charity cage matches for the moderately ironic cause of raising money for injured first responders.

According to an article in the The Sun, all participants have a background in martial arts and are in shape to compete, including 64 year old police officer Regis Flynn, who hasn’t stepped into the ring since he was an amateur boxer over forty years ago.

While the Police Department has stopped short of sanctioning the event, the Fire Department has gone out of its way to disclaim it, saying in an official statement that it “does not endorse or promote members’ participation in such an event.”

Given the qualifications of the participants, and the noble cause they’re fighting for, we can hope that injuries sustained from the cage fights will not necessitate a future charity event.