It began on March 5 when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Maryland. On March 16, schools closed, as did public spaces. On March 23, all nonessential businesses shut their doors.
The year that followed changed the way we lived our lives, from mask-wearing to virtual socialization. Many struggled, whether suffering from financial difficulties, social isolation or food insecurity.
Yet this past year also was a time when people stepped up to help. The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, thanks to the incredible efforts of its volunteers, donors and professionals, began tackling these challenges, intent on making sure our community stayed strong.
This is the story of the past year.