Tag: volunteering

Baltimore Meals on Wheels Is Better Than Ever

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Photo via Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Facebook page
Photo via Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Facebook page

Last Thanksgiving, Meals On Wheels of Central Maryland made one big change that helped them save on maintenance fees and fuel costs, double their number of delivery fans, and serve an additional 1,000 meals per month.

Urban Farm Volunteer Day at Cherry Hill Urban Garden

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Volunteer Day

catch of the day fish (2)Alright. Summer is almost over (sorry) and we know that some of you haven’t gotten your hands in the soil enough this season. Now, we’re not blaming anyone. We know that a trip to  Ocean City or Bethany Beach often trumps the desire to stay home for the weekend and weed the zucchini plants. And that’s especially true when we have access to such amazing farmers markets. Why grow your own when there are so many local folks who do it so well for you, right? Sure. But, this Saturday we’re encouraging you to get out to Cherry Hill Urban Garden and lend a hand– both for the garden’s benefit, of course, and your own.

Guess Which Maryland School Has the Most Do-Gooders

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Only one university in Maryland made it onto the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll this year, an award that honors schools “that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” The honor was given to 110 schools nationwide on the basis of student volunteer hours, number of volunteer organizations, and co-curricular opportunities that involve community service. So which school in Maryland gets the most karma points? (drumroll please….)

Here’s One Simple Way to Improve Baltimore’s Future — And Get Paid for It

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Photo via Bmoremedia
Photo via Bmoremedia

According to education researchers, third grade is a magic year. That’s when children move from decoding words via their knowledge of the alphabet to really synthesizing and understanding what those words mean when they’re all put together. And the effects are long lasting — students who have a hard time reading in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. According to recent tests, more than a third of Baltimore City third graders aren’t proficient at reading. So what’s to be done?

One Small Way to Help Baltimore City’s Struggling Classrooms

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the many problems faced by Baltimore City’s public schools. Rather than feeling hopeless, anxious, or otherwise stymied, here’s one way that some Baltimoreans are taking direct action to make things a little bit better for our city’s students:

Celebrating the International Roots of Family

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The Refugee Youth Project and Education Based Latino Outreach do a lot of important, hard work. The RYP helps Baltimore’s under-21 refugee population adjust to life in the U.S., helping with homework, and providing a sense of community; the EBLO aims to improve the lives of  Hispanic children and families through education and cultural activities. But we’re not here to talk about work — we’re here to talk about a party.

Yes, it’s almost time for International Family Day, and if you don’t already celebrate it, this year might be a good time to start. The RYP and EBLO’s annual party celebrating the global roots of our community is at the Walters this year, and if it’s as fun as previous years’ parties, we recommend that you stop by. Highlights include a screening of On One Field, a documentary about how pickup soccer games helped bridge cultural gaps between refugees and immigrants in Baltimore; and a RYP-sponsored talent show featuring local all-star Shodekeh as well as the Student Immigrant Storytellers from Patterson High School, in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Not to mention the globally inspired art activities and a show of students’ artwork.

Do you consider your family international?

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