Ever wondered where local establishments like Red Emma’s Cafe, and Cosima Restaurant got their beautiful table tops? Would it surprise you to find out Baltimore residents with little to no prior woodworking skills crafted them using reclaimed wood?
Courtesy citybizlist – GBC Training program Year Up will be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday, February 2, at 7 p.m. on CBS.
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.
Courtesy of The Open Society Institute Baltimore – When Child First Authority asked Jason Reed to take charge of a neglected community garden in Curtis Bay-Brooklyn nearly four years ago, he jumped at the chance. With help from the Curtis Bay Community Association, the Parks & People Foundation, nearby schools and willing community members, Reed transformed the neglected lot from one with beer bottles and hypodermic needles into a vibrant space full of life.
The acre of raised beds, plots and orchards—run by Reed, community gardeners, elementary, middle and high school students—now boasts tomatoes, asparagus, pumpkins, kale and sprouts. There are beets, peppers, watermelon and colorful perennials. There’s a strawberry field and 40 blueberry bushes. There are irrigation towers, a nature path, picnic tables, a brick oven and a shed with a mint-covered roof.
It is an oasis in Curtis Bay-Brooklyn, a part of south Baltimore where the nearest grocery store is a mile away.
But the Filbert Street Garden, as it is known in these parts, is more than just a place where residents can grow and obtain healthful food. It is an outdoor classroom where elementary children learn about planting and growing, and where older children learn the business of buying and selling produce.
It is a patch of zen for the dozen or so community gardeners who come to quietly tend to their shoots and greens, patiently wrapping chicken wire around top-heavy plants, watering and weeding and watering some more.
Best of all, Jason says, it is a gathering place for the people of Curtis Bay.
Surround yourself with books, enjoy some light refreshments and join the folks at The Ivy Bookshop Friday night, April 12 at a reception to celebrate the art and artists of Mount Washington’s Baltimore Clayworks.
Baltimore Clayworks is a nonprofit ceramic arts center dedicated to providing outstanding artistic, educational and collaborative programs. Through classes, exhibits and special events, Clayworks sustains and promotes a vibrant artist-centered community.
The Ivy Bookshop will donate to Baltimore Clayworks 15% of all purchases at the event April 12, from 7 – 9 p.m.