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Baltimore Community ToolBank

Baltimore Community ToolBank provides member organizations with access to tools and other items for use in community clean-ups, festivals, and other projects for a nominal fee.  The ToolBank’s Environmental Education project will develop a formal curriculum and educational programming for visitors. It will highlight the ToolBank’s use of 600,000 gallons of stormwater runoff collected annually in water cisterns and use of native plants and landscaping at its warehouse.  he programming will educate visitors and inspire them to undertake similar stormwater management projects. 

Association for the Public Defender of Maryland

The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland was created to support the activities of the  Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), an independent state agency that provides legal representation to indigent defendants throughout the state.  This grant provides matching funds for two americorp volunteers who will be placed at OPD in Baltimore City to support pretrial reform efforts and expansion of the OPD social work program.

Alternative Directions, Inc.

Alternative Directions, Inc. (ADI) has over 30 years of experience with prisoner re-entry services and pro se civil legal services. This grant will provide matching funds for ADI's Civil Legal Program which provides free legal assistance to individuals in prison or recently released from prison.  These pro-se services focus primarily on family and domestic legal issues and expungements.  

Adopt a Block, Inc.

The Compassion Commission program teaches 300 young people ages 11 to 25 to look beyond their lives and be a positive influence to low-income inner-city children and adults. This is achieved through a weeklong series of activities focused in East Baltimore that provides an experience that fosters leadership, promotes volunteerism, and develops an interest in the welfare of others. Adopt A Block will acquire, renovate, and donate a formerly vacant Baltimore City home to a family led by a resident leader in the community in East Baltimore.

Adopt a Block, Inc.

Adopt a Block distributes over 300,000 pounds of food a year to more than 45 shelters, soup kitchens, pantries and partnering agencies in Baltimore City. Adopt A Block has weekly scheduled pickups with corporate partners and secures items that are donated by individuals, typically within a 24-48 hour turnaround window. A box truck will be purchased to facilitate the collection and distribution of items to partners and individuals served by the organization.

Improving Education, fiscally sponsored by Strong City Baltimore

Founded in 2015 by Jarrod Bolte, a former Baltimore City Schools teacher and administrator, Improving Education set out to change the way schools work to improve outcomes for children.  Improving Education will focus on up to 20 elementary schools using a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) to assist teachers, administrators, and community providers in redesigning instructional and support mechanisms to improve early literacy outcomes for students from K through second grade.

Preparing All Students for Economic and Career Success

June 2019

For generations, good jobs that provided stability and family-sustaining wages were accessible to most individuals with a high school diploma.  But significant economic shifts—including those stemming from technological advancements and the Great Recession—have upended this reality. Today, all students require some level of postsecondary education and training to access good jobs.

Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

June 2019

Two decades of research present a stark message to Maryland policymakers: Unrealistic child support policies and practices entangle low-income black families in poverty and have become a destabilizing force in the Baltimore community. Child support orders set beyond the ability of noncustodial parents to comply push them out of low-wage jobs, drown them in debt, hound them into the underground economy, and chase them out of their children’s lives.

Making Impactful Juvenile Justice Reform: Lessons from Recent State Efforts

May 2019

For much of the 20th century, the American justice system treated youth differently from adults, emphasizing rehabilitation rather than punishment. But beginning in the 1980s, state and federal legislators made a series of changes that eliminated many of these distinctions and started treating juvenile offenders more punitively.


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