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Microplastics: The grand reach of our tiny plastics problem

February 2020

Tiny pieces of plastic are in our water, in our air, in our food, in our drinks, in our bodies, and, increasingly, in our headlines. Seemingly everywhere researchers have looked, they’ve found microplastics – from the highest peaks to the bottom of the oceans. Yet, researchers are only beginning to understand what that means for our health and that of our environment. Does the persistent presence of plastics necessarily mean they are causing harm?

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Stormwater runoff is a leading cause of pollution to Baltimore’s waterways. In this highly urbanized region, impervious surfaces cover almost half of Baltimore’s landscape, preventing rain from soaking into the ground. Stormwater delivers trash, oil and other pollutants to our waterbodies and contributes to sewage overflows.

The Economic Benefits of Maryland's Historic Revitalization Tax Credit Program

January 2020

Maryland has a treasure trove of historically significant buildings that connect us to the past and reflect the unique heritage of the state. Historical buildings are often built with higher-quality materials and construction representing a diversity of architectural styles, adding to the cultural fabric and distinctive character of neighborhoods.

Paul's Place, Inc.

For more than 35 years, Paul's Place has been providing services to meet the basic needs of the residents of Pigtown and other Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods including nutritious hot meals, comprehensive emergency assistance, adult literacy, health services, and case management.  Fundng from the Abell Foundation will help Paul's Place sustain its Access to Healthy Food Program which includes the hot lunch program (serving 150-200 guests daily) and acting as a distribution site for the Department of Social Services emergency food program providing 3-5 days of shelf stable food for individ

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is the largest pro-bono legal services organization in Maryland and its small, paid staff leverages a large network of volunteer lawyers to provide free legal assistance to people who otherwise would not have access to an attorney.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support the rebuild of MVLS' CLUE (Client Legal Uitlity Engine) data scraping tool.  CLUE is owned by MVLS and used by many community partners to scrape public data from the Maryland Judiciary Case Search to support social justice reform.  MVLS and its community partners have us

Franciscan Center, Inc.

The Franciscan Center has served the indigent, homeless and working poor of Battimore since 1968. Throughout the Center's 51 years of service, it has expanded its programs in direct response to the needs of its community. Funding from the Abell Foundation will support on-going emergency services for families in crisis including food, clothing, eviction prevention, utility assistance, and emergency health services.  

The Baltimore Station

The Baltimore Station provides residential treatment for over 250 men annually.  It operates out of two facilities in Baltimore City (South Baltimore and Sandtown-Winchester) providing  144 beds for men in recovery.  Funding from the Abell Foundation will support start-up operations for an on-site Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) to help its clients transition successfully to permanent housing.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) Baltimore trains unemployed and/or underemployed Baltimore City residents in welding and computer numerical control (CNC) at the Regional Skills Training Center on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, students receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized credentials in a work-like environment.  Beyond technical skills training, JARC Baltimore provides employment readiness and financial support services to trainees during and after training.  Graduates are placed into jobs earning an average star

Rose Street Community Center

Since February 2000, with support from the Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center (Rose Street) has offered small weekly stipends (no more than $10 a day) to community residents in exchange for participation in daily community cleanups or gang mediation meetings.  Last year, Rose Street served more than 120 people per week. Nearly  20% of those served each week (an average of 22 people) reside in Rose Street’s six transitional houses.  Those residing in the houses participate daily in community cleanups.

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