The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL), a national initiative, has reintroduced debate into Baltimore’s public school classrooms over the last two decades as a strategy to engage and inspire students from our city’s most under-resourced schools. BUDL has reached thousands of students from 4th grade to 12th grade, and changed their personal and academic trajectories by helping them discover their voice and reach their potential through debate.
Relaunched in 2019, the Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship recruits a cohort of 10-15 graduate and undergraduate interns to work on executive-level projects in City agencies and departments over 10 weeks during the summer. Baltimore Corps, in partnership with the Mayor's Chief of Staff's office, selects, places and oversees programming for the Fellowship, including weekly speaker sessions, community service and a final symposium.
In 2018, Baltimore Community Lending created Baltimore Business Lending to assist in the creation and growth of small businesses in Baltimore City. Securing capital and business assistance remain the greatest challenges for Baltimore City entrepreneurs looking to start and grow new businesses, especially among those who have been disenfranchised historically. An Abell grant for business lending operations and marketing, as well as a partial guarantee of loan losses will enable Baltimore Business Lending to loan $1.25 million and create and retain jobs.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.