Since 1998, GHCC's Neighborhood Programs has partnered with local schools to promote academic and physical improvements, thus bolstering the educational experience of currently enrolled students while also attracting new neighborhood families to these schools. GHCC's staff has petitioned the city council to pass an amendment to provide funding for necessary public school repairs and maintenance, making them safer and more welcoming to students. In the meantime, The Barclay School's main office needs renovations in order to maintain a positive learning environment and to help the school attract new students and funding.
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. TK to ALL: MP written for Baltimore Barskee League; view/copy the profile from the permalink associated with this record: https://na8.salesforce.com/006C000000g1Iib
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.
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.
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.
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.