The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The Global Pathways Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that aims to educate Americans about the benefits of an adventure overseas. Swap stories with other worldly residents, host an Epcot Center buffet in your mouth, or dance away your workweek worries. Complimentary parking is available to guests in the Landmark Parking lot adjacent to the museum, on Thames Street.
The center assembles peace-curriculum kits for teachers to borrow and use in their classes. Eight themed kits address topics such as bullying and conflict resolution, homelessness, and the environment. Each kit includes two weeks’ worth of lesson plans and materials, including books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and other multimedia learning tools. The Peace Study Center requires funding to assemble the kits and help teach children to respect others and build a sustainable world.
The Franciscan Center's lunch program has served food for more than four decades and is open to all members of the community, with a special focus on those experiencing homelessness, poverty, or mental illness. Partnerships with local farmers markets fortify the center's lunches with seasonal organic vegetables. Hot, protein-infused main courses ensure nutritious balance to sustain clients. The lunch program currently serves 6,000 meals each month.
The CAC program provides each family it serves with two years of housing in either a three-bedroom, single family residence or a two-bedroom duplex apartment in an established neighborhood. When a family first arrives at a CAC residence, they come home to a place filled with household and kitchen supplies such as utensils, linens, dishes, furniture, and appliances. Upon completing the program, individuals move into permanent housing and bring along the items and furnishings from their CAC homes, which then undergoes general repairs and is re-stocked with the very same items for the next residents. Last year, the CAC program aided 68 individuals, 65% of whom were children under the age of 18.
NDMV tutors provide students with assistance on their schoolwork and develop an academic plan for each of them, following up regularly on their report cards and other signposts of academic progress. Volunteers also help facilitate involvement in extracurricular activities by providing transportation to sporting events and encouraging enrollment in school clubs. Furthermore, NDMV strives to engage parents and friends in students' academic life, encouraging them to take an active interest in the young people's progress. Through the program's efforts, students who received assistance from NDMV reported improved attitudes toward school and schoolwork, and 62% of students who received aid for one year showed an improvement in school attendance when compared to the previous year.
Street artists use walls as canvases, but probably only a few are given the opportunity to use an entire building. The aptly named Graffiti Warehouse, managed by the Rosenfeld Organization, is a massive industrial studio where street artists have access to a safe space and extra-large, 34-foot canvases to do their work. Though each artist is required to bring his or her own paint, completed pieces go up on display and can be sold on-site, with half the proceeds going back to the creator. More than a dozen established artists currently call this space an exhibition home for their paintings and other media.
Open Walls photography tours provide glimpses of select street artists' work and introduce guests to the streets of Baltimore by visiting nearby under-used urban spaces, sites of beautiful murals, and the one overpass where Picasso used to hang out. Street artists aren't the only clients served by the studio, though: Graffiti Warehouse also supplies art therapists and photographers with resources and studios that feature soaring nine-foot windows and private bathrooms.
Baltimore Heritage works to preserve and promote historic places in Baltimore. The organization spearheads architectural revitalization efforts and establishes educational programs, protecting the city's hidden gems and sharing the secrets and gossip of local monuments. Their work extends beyond the classroom walls. Dedicated guides lead Behind the Scenes Tours of the city, which might invite attendees to search the skyline for whimsical gargoyles, dig deep into tales of battles fought in the city, or explore historic private homes. And local ghosts aren't the only one taking note of Baltimore Heritage's entertaining and enriching offerings—CBS Baltimore named their excursions as one of the area's Best Walking Tours.
In 2009, the Baltimore Bocce League shuffled into existence with a mere 20 players. Since then, its roster of athletes has exploded to more than 3,000 competitors of all ages, genders, and skill levels. The league gathers weekly in groups of 200–300 at four different locations to debunk the myth that bocce ball is a sport for older men and clairvoyants who can predict the ball's path. During games, teams of 5 to 12 players toss four bocce balls toward the palina, earning a point each time their ball is closer to the target than their opponents'. To foster postgame mingling, the league grants its members specials at nearby bars after each game and even rewards its winners a 2-liter German boot of beer.
Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC), a program at the Baltimore Community Foundation, has challenged 20 neighborhoods and 10 business districts to reduce their energy use and build a more sustainable infrastructure. The citywide effort aims to lower overall energy use in Baltimore by 15% by 2015. In order to help them meet the challenge, BEC provides participants with a pledge kit containing energy-saving tools, data to determine energy use, and information on how to perform energy projects. BEC often engages the communities in energy-conservation nights and power-down days to raise awareness for the cause and attract new program participants. BEC has also permeated schools by organizing green teams—groups of students who work together to reduce their schools’ energy consumption.
Since their founding in 2002, The Red Devils have raised more than $1.8 million to support more than 4,000 families affected by breast cancer throughout Maryland. Seeking to improve these families' quality of life as well as their economic and emotional situation, the team routinely hosts fundraising events such as The Red Devils Bull and Oyster Roast. They also offer a variety of support-related services, such as treatment transportation, family support, and medical services for eligible patients who are referred by their partner hospitals and breast centers.
With more than 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) supports blind people by providing resources to improve their quality of life, combating legal, economic, and social discrimination, and helping them to achieve their goals. The NFB spearheads research on blindness, promotes relevant new technology such as the digital talking newspaper, and sponsors a variety of educational and support programs for adults and children.
The fall 2012 clinic will take place at Memorial Field at the Y, a recently constructed synthetic-turf field, where instructors will teach youth lessons in leadership, teamwork, and respect with fun baseball and softball drills. Under Armour gear and equipment will be provided, and the children will also receive lunch.
To help its teachers deliver quality instruction, UTC provides a $500 startup stipend for new teachers to purchase classroom tools and materials. Teachers can choose how they would like to spend their stipends, with options such as technology, math teaching aids, and library collections.
For the first 30 days of the program, BoMF members run three days a week at 5:45 a.m. If participants maintain a 90 percent attendance rate, then they can enroll in the Next Steps program, which offers financial aid for six to nine months with resources to help participants move out of shelters, obtain employment, and enroll in job-training courses. BoMF first conducts a comprehensive case assessment with each member, and then tailors goal plans to fit individual needs and skills. Past members of the program have earned new skills through culinary courses, commercial-driver’s-license training, and certification in yoga instruction.