Leaders Work to Reduce Waste at the Baltimore Beyond Plastic Youth Summit

Shout out to Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson for their tireless work to reduce plastic! In their roles as Baltimore Community Foundation interns working out of the Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Seniors Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson have been working tirelessly to reduce litter and pollution from plastic foam packaging in our city Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Noah Smock

We would like to thank this follower of the #EveryStoryCounts Campaign for submitting a wonderful story on Noah Smock’s behalf: As the Executive Director of the Baltimore Community ToolBank (BCT), Noah is privy to a pretty unique purview of Baltimore: meeting those across the city who are involved in various organizations, and their myriad efforts Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Fabiola Lopez

Español In my case, I don’t speak English. I’ve been invited to attend community meetings with the police, even meetings where I knew there’d be translation. But I didn’t dare. Why? Because I know I’m going to be the only one there like me and I feel uncomfortable. It’s not that people are rude, not Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Consuelo Correa

Español I had never been in any group but I thought it was important to do something for our Latino community. There are many issues we face and I saw the need to educate ourselves and inform others. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I also knew that if we took the time we Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Anabel Dominguez

Español I’m from Mexico and I’ve lived here in Baltimore City for eleven years. We started our group to make our concerns public, to have a voice. Whatever happens in our community, Latinos have always remained silent because of fear, of what will happen to those who are undocumented. But we have a voice and Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Aida Medina

Español The truth is it’s very important to have a way to communicate in your own language. I’ve been to many meetings of neighborhood associations who want to reach the Latino community. But even if they have information in Spanish, or provide translation, in the end there are things you can’t express. I’ve been here Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Comité Latino de Baltimore

Español Consuelo Correa: For me, the most frustrating thing is when someone comes with a need and you can’t help. Say they’re sick and they don’t know where to go, you can’t speak English fluently and you have no information. Now that we have the Comité, organizations come to us and we can share the Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Dave Landymore

In the Marine Corps, I served in Iraq, Southeast Asia, Africa. But I’d been living in Baltimore for a year and I had zero awareness of neighborhoods outside of Canton or Fell’s Point. They tried describing to me where Oliver was and nothing was sticking. That first volunteer event opened my eyes. It opened me Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Community Service

Are you like Dave? Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want to organize a volunteer day to lend a helping hand to those in needs? Volunteering allows people to deepen their involvement in the issues they are passionate about while building capacity for nonprofit organizations. Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Read more…

#EveryStoryCounts – Grief + Loss

Are you like Christiana? Have you suffered a loss that left you struggling with grief? Death and loss can bring up feelings of isolation, anger, or despair. Part of building strong, sustainable communities is ensuring that individuals and families have the support they need after tragedy strikes. Organizations in Baltimore City and nearby offer a Read more…