Tag: non-profits

Get in shape and give to a good cause too…The MAC Joins Forces with Ronald McDonald House

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Photo Courtesy Ronald McDonald House.
Photo Courtesy Ronald McDonald House

Throughout March, anyone who is not currently a MAC member can get a 25-day trial to the MAC for $25! The entire $25 will be donated by the MAC to the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families, and helps to fund programs in the local area that directly improve the well being of children.

When Attraction Isn’t Enough: A Conversation with John Racanelli, CEO of National Aquarium

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John Racanelli

Courtesy Citybizlist – Baltimore’s National Aquarium has always been a success, drawing tourists and locals alike to its exhibits for decades. But I have wondered how an organization that’s in the business of attracting an audience to come inside has any impact on the issues facing the aquatic world beyond its walls. Is it enough to have engaging exhibits? What role should the Aquarium have with advocacy surrounding the health of our Bay for example? So I recently sat down with John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium, to explore how he’s juggling the seemingly incongruous goals of entertaining, educating and advocating as it charts new waters.

Bill McLennan of Pigtown’s Paul’s Place Celebrates 30 Years of Changing Lives

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Bill Head Shot

One can’t help but be inspired by Bill McLennan.  As executive director of Paul’s Place, the former banker has been working since 2002 to build community, offer hope and restore dignity to broken lives in one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Started as a soup kitchen in 1982 by two volunteers from St. John’s Church in Glyndon, Paul’s Place, the community center he runs in Pigtown, now offers programs, services and a community gathering place as it serves 8,000 local residents each year.

That’s no easy task.  What started out as a modest helping hand serving lunch from St. Paul the Apostle Church on Washington Boulevard is now an 11,000 square foot building with 15 employees and  22 programs. The lunches are still served — 80,000 meals a year, to be precise — but added to the menu are an emergency food pantry, adult literacy programs, computer skills training, wellness classes, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and more, most of the new programs put in place under McLennan’s leadership. Pulling it all off means budgets must be met, staffs supervised, money raised and more.  It takes a certain kind of personality — one that mixes a businessman’s attention to an income statement with the emotional generosity of a social worker — to head an operation as well-run as this one, all while keeping true to the difficult mission of changing lives.

Next Saturday, March 2, the center turns 30 and McLennan will be at The Hyatt Regency with a crowd of over five hundred to celebrate with typical fanfare: dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions. Galas like this one are common this time of year, but what’s rare is a single organization and its supporters working day after day to do the heavy lifting of turning a neighborhood around, small victory by small victory, affecting the lives of more than 200,000 people over 30 years. We can think of no better reason to celebrate.

We asked the beloved exec to share with us the secrets to his success and what it is that keeps him fighting the good fight, year after year.

Sum up your life philosophy in one sentence.

Be the best of whatever you are.

BMe in BMore: Proffering Stories of Progress

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Baltimore is the latest city to become part of BMe, a growing network of black males committed to making communities stronger. The initiative began last year in Detroit and Philadelphia, where more than 2,000 men are already part of the BMe network. This year, BMe is expanding to Baltimore.

Cylburn in Art

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This past weekend the second Celebration of Art at Cylburn Arboretum began. The weather cooperated too. Paintings depicting various aspects of the arboretum were surrounded during daytime events by sunny, autumnal views around the Vollmer Center.

A Good Walk for a Good Cause

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Baltimore’s in peak season: the trees are in glorious fall color and the temperature is just right.  There’s no better time to step outside with your family, and we have the perfect event: The Brent A. Rosenberg Walk for Maryland’s Children & Family Fair Walk and Family Fair on Saturday, October 27. The fund raiser and friend raiser’s most important purpose is to Stop Child Abuse by raising awareness, but the event is also intended to be a fun day for the family.  

Open Society Institute Names 2012 Community Fellows

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The Open Society Institute-Baltimore announces today its 2012 class of community fellows and  is committing $720,000 – the largest amount of money in the history of the program – to support social entrepreneurs who have creative and inspiring ideas for improving Baltimore.

The work of the fellows, which began in 1998, has made an indelible mark on the city. The newest class of 12 fellows will join a network of 125 others thinkers and doers before them, most of whom still actively work in the city, continuing to bring fresh energy and new ideas to effect social change.

Each of this year’s fellows will receive $60,000 to work full-time for 18 months, implementing creative strategies to assist and revitalize underserved communities in Baltimore. The class will see their ideas made real in prisons, gardens and urban farms, in classrooms, community centers and city roadways.

In the Race to Eat the Most Sushi, Living Classrooms Wins

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Loyola’s Eating Queen vs. Pretty Peter Sushi Eater. Photo by Cate Conroy.

Pretty Peter Sushi Eater beat Loyola’s Eating Queen in the sushi eating contest to benefit the Living Classrooms last week.

Putting the Pieces Back Together at Waverly’s Marion House

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The four sculptures in the extensively landscaped courtyard behind the Giant Supermarket in Waverly each presents a different one-word message to those who stop and look. Peace. Trust. Honesty. Integrity.

These words reflect the core values of Marian House, a 30-year-old nonprofit that has helped more than 1,000 women put their lives back together.

Johns Hopkins Students Create Health Records for the Homeless

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Hopkins students and alumni demonstrate how to use the Networking Health system. Photo courtesy the Johns Hopkins Engineering Magazine.

For most of us, electronic medical records (EMRs) are a routine part of medical care. They help various doctors track our ongoing complaints, show our medical history, and keep all sorts of vital information in one place. But that’s not the case for everyone. For many of Baltimore’s homeless, health care is a patchwork system of emergency room visits, free clinics, and sporadic care. Which is exactly why a group of Johns Hopkins students banded together to create an innovative program to make sure the homeless have access to their own medical paperwork.

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