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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2011.
For continued support of the Baltimore Center for Green Careers' weatherization job-training programs. The center plans to expand its training by offering industry-recognized Building Performance Institute credentials to 40 Baltimore residents.
Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc.
Toward support of the Community HealthCorps Workforce Development Program. The program is designed to increase access to primary and preventive health services, improve utilization of health and social services, and provide community outreach and recruitment of volunteers.
Digit All Systems, Inc.
For support of Information Technology certification training in Microsoft applications for 200 Baltimore City students. By providing classes in Microsoft Office applications, Digit All Systems expects to award 166 participants with Microsoft application certificates.
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Toward support of CARES Career Connection, an employment program that serves 120 unemployed men and women in Baltimore City. The program provides job counseling, resume preparation, mentoring, and assistance with job placement, with the goal of helping 60 clients find employment within 12 months of enrollment.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
To provide the Vehicles for Change program with cars and driver's education for 50 families participating in the Housing Authority's Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Job Opportunities Task Force
Toward continued support of the JumpStart Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for 70 Baltimore City residents. The 13-week program has been designed to provide low-income city residents with training in handling tools, construction math, and safety, as well as an introduction to the carpentry, electrical, and plumbing trades. Approximately 70 percent of program graduates are placed into employment, with 25 percent enrolled in apprenticeships.
Job Opportunities Task Force
For continued support of the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an initiative designed to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. The campaign plans to serve 9,000 residents while operating 15 to 17 free tax preparation sites. Plans call for strengthening and expanding its financial education program to help clients save more of the money they earn; enrolling tax filers into public benefits programs through EarnBenefits; and building assets of low-wage tax payers through savings accounts and the purchase of savings bonds.
Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, Inc. (MCAT)
For continued support and expansion of job-training programs for unemployed and underemployed youth and adults in Baltimore City. MCAT plans to offer an evening GED training program for 40 young men, ages 17 to 24. The course curriculum will emphasize employment opportunities, job readiness, and weekly individual counseling sessions devoted to addressing educational and criminal background issues. The goal of the initiative is to prepare 36 students for the GED exam, and to place students into jobs.
Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc.
For support of the Partnership for Growth initiative, an education and job-training program serving 40 clients of Penn North. In an effort to reduce re-arrest and incarceration rates of program participants, Penn North will provide training for street cleaning, lawn maintenance, ground-level tree trimming, touch-up painting, and hauling. The goal is to place 20 graduates into full-time employment and 10 workers into part-time employment.
Mosaic Community Services
For support of vocational services for 100 Baltimore City residents challenged by mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Funding will be used to hire a benefits counselor and a workforce development specialist.
Moveable Feast, Inc.
For continued support of the Culinary Arts and Life Skills Training Program for unemployed and under-employed Baltimore City residents. Moveable Feast will enroll 32 students into a 12-week program and teach the basics of commercial kitchen operations and menu planning. Nearly 70 percent of graduates are placed into entry-level food service positions.
Parks & People Foundation
For support of the Green Career Training Program, a job-skills training and placement program for 15 Baltimore City young adults, ages 17 to 26, in the Westport and Middle Branch neighborhoods. The program will offer participants training in horticulture, arboriculture, landscaping, building, and general job readiness. The objective is to enable 75 percent of the graduates to secure and maintain employment in an entry-level position in a green job-related field, or to enroll in a higher level training program.
Rose Street Community Center
For continued support of the center's drug treatment and job-training programs. The Rose Street Community Center serves more than 90 people a week and provides transitional housing for an average of 45 to 60 men and women. The center also offers mental health services, gang mediation, tutoring and art classes, as well as shelter for homeless youth.
For expansion and continued support of EarnBenefits Baltimore, a technical assistance initiative to help 4,000 low-wage workers and individuals access benefits and income support. The Web-based screening tool helps individuals and families apply for federal, state, and city benefits.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the Learn to Earn Program, a job-training and placement program for 300 participants at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program provides specialized training in child care, medical terminology, certified nursing assistance, and culinary arts.
The Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.
Toward support of a workforce development initiative to serve low-income youth in Baltimore City. In partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, Urban Alliance serves 15 youth, ages 18 to 21, who are aging out of foster care, and provides paid internship opportunities to help increase the youths' work skills. At least nine youth will be placed into unsubsidized employment, or enrolled into postﾭsecondary education or training programs.
The Work First Foundation
For continued support of the Baltimore Ex Offender Re-entry Employment Program for America Works of Maryland participants. The program aims to place 400 ex-offenders into jobs paying an average of $8.50 an hour. The program will help those placed into jobs retain employment for up to 180 days.
Tuerk House, Inc.
Toward expansion of the Open Doors Social Enterprise Project, including staffing costs, stipends for 52 program participants, and the purchase of a 15-passenger van. The Open Doors program will secure cleaning and landscaping contracts, and assist graduates in finding jobs and transitioning into independent living.
Year Up Washington, Inc.
Toward continued support and expansion of the Year Up Baltimore program, a workforce development initiative for up to 64 at-risk young adults ages 18 to 24 in Baltimore City. Year Up provides one year of information technology training. During the first six months of the program, participants are paid weekly stipends and attend classes. For the next six months, students are placed in paid internships and are then assisted in finding professional level jobs.
Health & Human Services
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Regional Housing Equity Project in an effort to give African-American families the chance to move into racially integrated, safe neighborhoods with greater access to economic and educational opportunities. Nearly 2,000 inner-city families have moved through the housing mobility program.
Adoptions Together, Inc.
To partner with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services in a program to achieve permanency for 135 foster children. The program will identify and recruit family members and others who may be interested in adopting or becoming guardians. Once the children are placed with permanent families, the staff will create a plan for post-placement support.
Advocates for Children and Youth
Toward continued support of activities to improve the outcomes of Baltimore City children in the child welfare system.
Baltimore City Health Department
For support of the Baltimore Vision Screening Initiative in Baltimore City public schools. The initiative will revamp the current vision-screening program to screen 95 percent of students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade, and provide follow-up care with medical providers for those who fail the screening. The Bureau of School Health will also recruit and train qualified volunteers to conduct screenings in an effort to reach 95 percent of eighth-grade students.
Baltimore City Health Department
Toward support of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. The objectives of the initiative are to create a multi-agency collaboration aimed at improving reproductive health services, to strengthen sex education in City Schools, to promote effective contraceptive methods, and to improve family planning services for teen mothers. The long-term goal of the initiative is to reduce teen births in Baltimore City by 15 percent by 2015.
Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc.
For support of a hotline and media campaign to promote expansion of Medicaid funding of family planning services and other health-care needs. The goal of the campaign is to enroll 2,000 to 3,000 eligible women in insurance benefits.
Baltimore Rowing Club
Toward expansion of Reach High Baltimore, an initiative designed to serve 40 at-risk Baltimore City middle school students through rowing and academic mentoring. The four-season program will prepare participants to row on high school teams.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/ Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
For continued support of the Baltimore Stars Basketball Program for 96 inner city boys, ages eight to 17. The program, run by an all-volunteer staff, provides opportunities to compete in AAU state and national basketball tournaments. In addition to teaching basketball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship, the program provides educational support that includes mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation, and encouragement for the players to maintain good grades and positive behavior off the court.
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership
For support of "B'Mentors: The Baltimore City Initiative" for 235 at-risk youth in six troubled neighborhoods. By matching youth with mentors, it is expected that there will be improvements in confidence, competence, academic performance, and relationships with adults and peers.
For continued support of eviction prevention and utility assistance for more than 500 low-income households at risk of becoming homeless or losing utility services. The program is administered by the Samaritan Center.
Two grants for continued support of the Traveler's Aid Voucher Program at the Samaritan Center. The purpose of the program is to assist homeless persons who want to move out of Baltimore City to reunite with family, find employment, and/or access treatment for substance abuse, by providing one-way travel vouchers. Persons using the program must have a contact in the destination city willing to assume responsibility for finding new accommodations for recipients of the travel vouchers.
Food Research & Action Center
For continued support of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an anti hunger advocacy program for low-income residents of Baltimore City to access federally funded nutrition programs, including food stamps and the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. Focus will be placed on expanding the free classroom breakfast program; advocating for improved administrative and legislative policies to eliminate access barriers; and working to ensure Maryland's participation in the newly approved federal after-school meal program, as well as weekend and holiday supper programs for children and adults.
For support of programs providing financial support and case management services to families in crisis, as well as support for the center's basic services departments. Services include a hot lunch program, a food pantry, clothing, toiletries, transportation assistance, and prescription assistance.
Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Inc.
Toward continued support of after-school and summer tennis programs for the Greater Homewood Tennis Aces, Park Heights Tennis Aces, and Frankford Tennis Aces serving nearly 400 at-risk Baltimore City youth ages six to 16. The program offers after-school tennis instruction, supervised study halls, nutrition, life skills, fitness and health education lessons, and a six-week summer camp.
Health Care for the Homeless
Two grants to provide emergency shelter for homeless persons with disabilities.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)
Two-year funding for continued support of the Healthy Minds at Work Project for youth enrolled in the HEBCAC Youth Opportunity (YO) Employment and Training Program. The Healthy Minds at Work Project provides mental health screenings and on-site treatment for YO members who screen positive for depression, anxiety, or suicidal tendencies. The purpose of the project is to increase the members' knowledge of mental health resources, decrease stigma associated with seeking mental health services, and increase members' engagement in YO program activities--with the goal of increasing GED attainment and employment.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
For staffing costs of the Permanent Supportive Housing initiative. The objectives of the initiative are to create and support policies and funding for the expansion of permanent supportive housing, to participate in advocacy efforts designed to eliminate barriers to affordable housing development, and to provide legal representation and advocacy to ensure that residents of permanent supportive housing retain their housing.
House Of Ruth Maryland
Toward operating costs over an 18-month period in an effort to provide client services and shelter to Latina victims of domestic violence and their children in Prince George's County and Baltimore City.
James Mosher Baseball League
Toward the renovation of two baseball fields at the James Mosher Elementary School. The project will include the installation of an infield irrigation system, the purchase and installation of new bleachers for the main baseball diamond, and the regrading and aeration of the ball fields.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Three grants for staffing, supplies, and related expenses of the Rat Sterilant Evaluation. The project will evaluate a unique chemical compound that is designed to sterilize adult male Norway rats in an effort to control feral rats in urban areas such as Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Two grants in support of a conference, "Exploring the Impact of Vitamins & Micronutrients on Children's Behavior."
Koinonia Baptist Church
Toward staffing and the purchase of equipment for the Koinonia Baptist Center serving at-risk youth and adults in the Belair Road/Hamilton communities. A part-time director will be hired to coordinate activities for both seniors and teens in the new intergenerational center. Activities for seniors will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and will include computer classes, arts and crafts, dance, and exercise classes. Activities for teens will be offered in the evenings and will include social and recreational activities. Weekend programs will be developed for both seniors and youth to encourage interaction between the groups.
Loving Arms, Inc.
Two grants toward the purchase of a van and for operating costs of N. R. House, a residential facility providing food; short-term shelter; case management; outreach; and referral services for up to eight runaway, homeless youth and their families. The program expects to serve at least 50 homeless youth per year.
Maryland Food Bank
Capital funding for expansion of office/meeting space and parking lots, and for renovation of the lobby. To meet the increase in demand for food and expansion of its programming, the capital expansion plan will accommodate more staff and volunteers; bring about efficiency in service delivery; and improve the heating/air conditioning systems, while increasing energy efficiency.
Maryland Food Bank
Two grants for continued support of the School Pantry Program in 96 Baltimore City public schools. The pantry program provides an end-of-the-month food safety net for needy families identified by school counselors. The recipients are asked to volunteer and become involved in their children's learning in exchange for receiving free bags of food. Weekend backpacks are distributed to needy children and their families. The pantries serve as portals for parents to connect with other community services.
Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center
Continued funding of supportive services to current and former foster youth. The center provides information, training, service linkages, counseling, GED preparation, and job-training programs for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living.
Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
To provide free dental care and dentures to low-income disabled persons participating in the Donated Dental Services program. Patient referrals come from health-care providers, public health departments, and social service agencies. The services are rendered by more than 515 volunteer dentists statewide.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc.
For staffing costs of a full-time case manager/social worker to serve 500 of the poorest Baltimore City homebound seniors. The social worker will conduct in-home assessments every six months to determine appropriate services designed to help clients live independently.
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Inc.
Toward support of the Center for Pediatric Weight Management and Healthy Living, which serves overweight and obese children in Baltimore City and surrounding areas. To address the increasingly serious problem of childhood obesity, the center provides health and nutrition education and medical support to those children and their families who are referred by pediatricians. The participants are assessed on various fitness measures, including weight, body mass index, blood pressure, and insulin levels.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports programs, which offer a variety of athletic activities for more than 1,100 Baltimore City public school students in fourth to 12th grades. Programs include: Baltimore Baseball League, Baltimore Middle School Soccer League, Baltimore Middle School Lacrosse League, and Baltimore Starlings Volleyball Club. The participants, while being exposed to the fundamentals of organized sports and sharing the values of teamwork and fair play, are required to maintain a "C" average and a 95 percent school attendance record.
Paul's Place, Inc.
Toward funding of the Campaign for Paul's Place, an effort to support and expand outreach services and programs for disadvantaged residents in Washington Village/Pigtown, and to develop a comprehensive case management program enabling clients to move beyond crisis to independence and productivity. The campaign's goals include raising $1 million for client services; $500,000 for capital improvements to the Paul's Place building; and $500,000 for repair and renovation of 35 homes in the Washington Village/Pigtown community.