Good Works

Highlights of community outreach in the Baltimore area.

Woman establishes fund to care for visiting pets

5:53 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

Good Works

Woman establishes fund to care for visiting pets

About 100 people gathered for a ceremony at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore last week, but it wasn't to honor a person. Instead, they paid tribute to a dog in a way that will help pets in the future.

Riding to raise awareness of MS

5:19 PM EDT, June 15, 2014

Riding to raise awareness of MS

Bicycling isn't usually fodder for Jeremy Conn, co-host of the popular Scott Garceau sports show on 105.7 The Fan.

Vehicles for Change and LifeSpan Network team up to create circle of giving

June 9, 2014

Vehicles for Change and LifeSpan Network team up to create circle of giving

Isabella Firth, president of LifeSpan Network and The Beacon Institute, was just trying to solve a couple of workplace concerns. In the process, she ended up creating a circle of charitable acts benefiting students, senior citizens and low-income families.

Soccer Without Borders helps children of refugees acclimate to new community

4:08 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

Good Works

Soccer Without Borders helps children of refugees acclimate to new community

Warshan Hussin didn't speak English and knew only other Iraqis in the area when he moved to Baltimore in 2010. He was depressed and felt that people were always making fun of him behind his back.

Kids learn healthy habits from McDaniel's Fitness Buddies

5:02 PM EDT, April 27, 2014

Kids learn healthy habits from McDaniel's Fitness Buddies

A group of McDaniel College students and elementary school kids have only needed one thing to bond: a couple of hours in the gym together.

Architects give Baltimore students lessons to build on

5:19 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Architects give Baltimore students lessons to build on

When Beechfield Elementary/Middle School fifth-graders were asked to design their dream homes 15 years ago, they almost always included a "safe room," a place where they could escape violence, according to Ayers Saint Gross president Jim Wheeler.

Camp Fairlee offers the disabled a typical summer camp experience

May 12, 2014

Camp Fairlee offers the disabled a typical summer camp experience

When Jamal Cannady of Sharptown reflects on his time at summer camp, his voice warms with the onrush of happy memories and enthusiasm. Ziplining, swimming, boating — he does it all.

Van Brooks looks for big gains from Yards for Success

2:03 AM EDT, April 24, 2014

Van Brooks looks for big gains from Yards for Success

On Sept. 25, 2004, Loyola High's Van Brooks suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed when his helmet collided with a knee while making a routine tackle.

Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse

5:37 PM EDT, March 30, 2014

Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse

Maryland's own Sugar Ray Leonard is perhaps best known as a baby-faced Olympic gold medalist and champion prize fighter with a winning smile.

Charm City Tribe restoring tradition to Baltimore's young Jewish community

1:26 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Charm City Tribe restoring tradition to Baltimore's young Jewish community

Following religious values taught as a youth can be difficult for many when entering adulthood, but Charm City Tribe, a two-year-old program in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, aspires to reconnect people in their 20s and 30s to Judaic practices they may have lost along the road to independence.

6:33 PM EST, February 23, 2014

Network 2000 promotes female empowerment in the workplace

Two decades before Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote the best-seller "Lean In," urging women to empower themselves at work, a handful of female leaders in Baltimore joined forces to do the same thing.

Baltimore resident starts project to promote kindness

11:30 PM EST, February 9, 2014

Baltimore resident starts project to promote kindness

One night in mid-January, Jessica Watson couldn't sleep. Her mind wouldn't stop running.

College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore

12:59 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore

After a busy first semester last year at Boston University, Hayley Spivey was eager to head home to Florida for spring break. Yet while the theater arts major enjoyed the sun and fun, she also found herself slightly bored.

Cat finds guardian angel in Hampden shop

5:00 AM EST, January 20, 2014

Cat finds guardian angel in Hampden shop

Jean-Pierre, a Maine coon cat, had a whirlwind of a December, but has, to say the least, landed on his feet.

CaringOn gives back to cancer caregivers

5:00 AM EST, February 17, 2014

CaringOn gives back to cancer caregivers

After her first round of breast cancer treatment, Judy Davanzo was troubled by the appearance of her husband.

Bank on a mission to feed the hungry

4:22 PM EST, December 15, 2013

Bank on a mission to feed the hungry

Susquehanna Bank could have collected cans of beans and jars of peanut butter for local food banks in cardboard boxes. Instead, the regional bank is making its contributions via Facebook.

Group focuses youths on community, justice

5:16 PM EST, December 8, 2013

Group focuses youths on community, justice

Shortly before Rashad Hawkins was born, his family left one of Baltimore's toughest housing projects to seek a better life. Yet moving a few blocks away didn't negate the exposure to urban poverty, drugs and crime.

Random acts fuel fundraising efforts

4:58 PM EST, December 22, 2013

Random acts fuel fundraising efforts

Janice O'Donnell watched the number on her screen climb and climb and climb. And when she couldn't watch any more, there were text messages from friends asking if she was watching.

4:39 PM EST, December 1, 2013

Ravens safety Ihedigbo gives college students HOPE

When Rose and Apollos Ihedigbo moved their young family to the United States from Nigeria in 1980, they were determined to pursue opportunities in higher education that had not been available to them in their native land.

Baltimore Outreach Services cooks up success for women at its shelters

6:10 PM EST, November 24, 2013

Baltimore Outreach Services cooks up success for women at its shelters

When Latitia Carter and her then-12-year-old son sought temporary housing at Baltimore Outreach Services' emergency shelter in Federal Hill, she wasn't looking for a job — just a roof over her head while she rebounded from a rough spell that included getting laid off from her job at a uniform company. But to her surprise, she also found a new career in the culinary arts.

Pop-up gift shop nurses new vision for Dundalk

5:12 PM EDT, October 20, 2013

Pop-up gift shop nurses new vision for Dundalk

Amid a red-brick sea of commercial offices, chain businesses and small eateries, a new seasonal shop has popped up in the main-street area of Dundalk, featuring work by local artisans, photographers and other vendors.

Baltimore-area nonprofits begin relief efforts in Philippines

1:48 PM EST, November 18, 2013

Baltimore-area nonprofits begin relief efforts in Philippines

Jo-Ann de Belen, who works for Baltimore-based nonprofit World Relief, was recently mobilized to the Philippines to coordinate relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region and left thousands dead.

Baltimore woman gleeful about making music to help sick children

5:31 PM EDT, October 27, 2013

Baltimore woman gleeful about making music to help sick children

In the summer of 2008, When Leora Friedman was 15 and her sister Ariela was 19, the sisters led a song-writing workshop for patients and families of the Hackerman-Patz House, a Baltimore residence for children receiving limb-lengthening surgery at Sinai Hospital.

Group aims to retrain racehorses after retirement

4:54 PM EDT, September 29, 2013

Group aims to retrain racehorses after retirement

Baltimore resident Carolyn Karlson grew up near New York's Saratoga Race Course, and has always loved thoroughbred horses. Six years ago, she purchased her first horse, Ave Ravina.

Scary Mommy easing mothers' fears for Thanksgiving

8:22 PM EST, November 10, 2013

Scary Mommy easing mothers' fears for Thanksgiving

The confessions from moms on the Scary Mommy blog are often funny: the spoon kept in the glovebox for eating Ben & Jerry's in the store parking lot, letting ketchup count as a "vegetable," going to the gym to read magazines instead of work out.

Benefactor's gift funds Hopkins internships at local nonprofits

August 5, 2013

Benefactor's gift funds Hopkins internships at local nonprofits

An anonymous benefactor's $1.25 million gift is helping to get students from the Johns Hopkins University out of the classroom and into the community.

Father urges focus on learning ability, not disabilities

5:51 PM EDT, September 22, 2013

Father urges focus on learning ability, not disabilities

Trent Stroup is a man of action. Two years ago, when the Towson-area father of three saw that his then 7-year-old daughter Addie was regressing significantly in the community public school she attended, he didn't waste any time acting.

Building a place to play in one day

5:51 PM EDT, July 28, 2013

Building a place to play in one day

Sammi Nelson-Saunders stood in a crowd of blue and purple shirts, dirt on her hands and a smile on her face. Behind her, music was blasting and flowers were being planted as more than 300 volunteers built a new playground for students at KIPP Baltimore.

Charlestown residents offer nearly $225,000 in scholarships

12:55 PM EDT, July 21, 2013

Charlestown residents offer nearly $225,000 in scholarships

Erika Gonzalez, 18, has been working at the Charlestown retirement communtiy in Catonsville for nearly two years, coming in after school and on weekends to wait tables and serve as a hostess in the Atrium dining room.

Awards celebrate Baltimore women with spirit

8:12 PM EDT, October 13, 2013

Awards celebrate Baltimore women with spirit

Alice Ann Finnerty, 75, was born in Baltimore, grew up in Baltimore, was married in Baltimore, raised six children in Baltimore and ran two businesses in Baltimore. In September, she was honored with the 2013 Spirited Woman of Baltimore Award, recognizing her philanthropic and professional accomplishments.

Kevin Liles gives back to Baltimore

5:05 PM EDT, August 18, 2013

Kevin Liles gives back to Baltimore

Long before he became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, before he reached millionaire status and before he began to hobnob with the likes of Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, Kevin Liles was a kid growing up in a West Baltimore rowhouse.

Baltimore boxer fights for father-son time

September 16, 2013

Baltimore boxer fights for father-son time

One of Venroy July's most vivid recollections from when he was a boy growing up in Jamaica was watching boxing with his father, Venry. The November 1992 bout between Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe was especially memorable for the Baltimore lawyer who moonlights as a boxer.

Southwest offers travel grants to patients seeking treatment in Baltimore

July 15, 2013

Southwest offers travel grants to patients seeking treatment in Baltimore

When James Russell learned that he had a rare form of appendix cancer, he thoroughly investigated his treatment options.

Baltimore pastor wins award for efforts to fight poverty, crime

4:52 PM EDT, May 26, 2013

Baltimore pastor wins award for efforts to fight poverty, crime

When passersby drive through West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester community, they won't see flags symbolizing unity or notice traces of an affluent town. What they will see is a neighborhood once riddled with drug trade and prostitution, now being transformed with the help of activists like Pastor C.W. Harris.

Taneytown teen and scholarship winner is a veteran volunteer

5:16 PM EDT, August 11, 2013

Taneytown teen and scholarship winner is a veteran volunteer

Josephine Grant never knows what she'll find at her doorstep when she comes home. The biggest surprise came when she returned from school one day last spring to a stack of 10 enormous cardboard boxes, each containing dozens of baby bottles.

Seamstresses gather to create clothes for Oklahoma tornado victims

6:50 PM EDT, June 8, 2013

Seamstresses gather to create clothes for Oklahoma tornado victims

Soon after a massive tornado devastated Moore, Okla., last month, a Linthicum seamstress leaped into action, formulating a plan to help the victims.

Westminster resident's story time connects with kids at shelters, hospitals

6:26 PM EDT, July 7, 2013

Westminster resident's story time connects with kids at shelters, hospitals

Suelyn Rivera, who lives in Westminster, knows the transformative power of reading to children. As a media specialist at Carrolltowne Elementary School in Sykesville, her job is to order books for the school library, work with teachers, read aloud to students in the school, and share her love of reading and libraries with the community.

Baltimore charter school advocate among new crop of Casey Foundation fellows

5:08 PM EDT, May 19, 2013

Baltimore charter school advocate among new crop of Casey Foundation fellows

Unimpressed with the elementary school in her Baltimore neighborhood, Bobbi Macdonald set out to create her own. She founded the City Neighborhoods Foundation in 2003, the year her oldest daughter started kindergarten and the state of Maryland began allowing charter schools.

Kona Ice truck offers local flavor to Erika Brannock fund

6:15 PM EDT, June 23, 2013

Kona Ice truck offers local flavor to Erika Brannock fund

In the months since the weather warmed up, a Kona Ice truck has been traveling to events in Baltimore County — car shows and ball games and the farmers' market in Towson, to name a few.

For Hopkins researcher, battling MS is personal

3:29 PM EDT, May 12, 2013

For Hopkins researcher, battling MS is personal

Anna Whetstone, 23, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 17. She was a high school junior in Hershey, Pa., playing on her school's field hockey team when she got hit in the head with a ball.

5:41 PM EDT, June 30, 2013

Eye surgeon gives near-blind man gift of sight

In his 14 years of providing free eye exams for the homeless and volunteering at the Helping Up Mission, Dr. Anthony Kameen had never seen a situation like that of 47-year-old Anthony Curtis.

Ravens foundation funds local scholars

3:47 PM EDT, June 16, 2013

Ravens foundation funds local scholars

While most high school seniors spend their last few days planning end-of-the-year parties, reminiscing with friends or trying to fit in one last prank on the freshmen, Nicolas "Cole" Holocker is accepting the 2013 Ravens Scholarship awarded to students committed to improving their community.

McDaniel students are 'heroes' in the kitchen

8:35 PM EDT, April 14, 2013

McDaniel students are 'heroes' in the kitchen

Sarah Holbrook, a senior at McDaniel College, knows first-hand the gratitude for a home-cooked meal during a family crisis. When she was 11, her 9-year-old brother died of leukemia.

Marylander recognized for fighting hunger

10:50 AM EDT, May 5, 2013

Marylander recognized for fighting hunger

A good deed can be as simple as giving a few coins or donating used clothing. But Gaithersburg resident Brett Meyers has taken the role of good Samaritan one step further, feeding families by turning waste into nourishment.

Substitute soccer player saves teammate's life

4:28 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

Substitute soccer player saves teammate's life

Annapolis resident Mike Greenhill is one of those rare guys who, even after he turned 50, could effortlessly sprint up and down a soccer field like he did as a much younger man. Until one evening last year, the 53-year-old took this ability for granted. Now, as Greenhill prepares to return to the game after an 11-month hiatus, he's happy to be alive. For this, he thanks a young woman whom he calls "his angel."

Harford library offers kits to give kids a leap on science

4:47 PM EDT, March 24, 2013

Harford library offers kits to give kids a leap on science

These days, libraries offer much more than books. Most people know they can check out videos, music, video games, books on tape and toys. But in the Harford County Public Library system, patrons can also check out educational kits, filled with games, toys, suggested activities and sometimes even costumes.

Champion of Reservoir Hill recognized by global group

5:28 PM EDT, April 21, 2013

Champion of Reservoir Hill recognized by global group

On any given day, you might find 27-year-old Teddy Krolik in the neighborhood of Reservoir Hill operating a Bobcat tractor in a rubble-strewn vacant lot, dropping by the home of an elderly woman to see if she needs a ride to a community meeting later that day, or checking out the progress of a recently installed urban farm.

Volunteers revive Christ Child Society in Baltimore

8:20 PM EDT, March 17, 2013

Volunteers revive Christ Child Society in Baltimore

The Christ Child Society of Baltimore was formed just a few months ago, but this organization, a chapter of the National Christ Child Society, has hit the ground running. Already, the group has donated books and volunteer hours at many organizations, and established a partnership with Armistead Gardens Elementary and Middle School.

5:06 PM EST, February 10, 2013

Students make digital connection to community

After school three days a week, Alexis Corbin, 16, a junior at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, walks the short distance to Coppin State University. There, she and 10 other students participate in the Comcast Digital Connectors Program at the Coppin Heights-Rosemont Family Computer Center on campus.

10-year-old brings comforts of home to fire victims

4:29 PM EDT, April 7, 2013

10-year-old brings comforts of home to fire victims

When the Hontz family lost their Hanover home to a fire last summer, it wasn't long before they started missing the basic necessities. First, it was a toothbrush. Then, a Band-Aid. But for Lauren Hontz, who was just 9 years old at the time, all she really wanted was a blanket to call her own.

Girls take wing at annual flying festival in Frederick

4:39 PM EST, February 24, 2013

Girls take wing at annual flying festival in Frederick

"I flew a mother and two young daughters, probably 4 and 7 years old, and as we took off I heard this shrieking from the back of the plane," said Lin Caywood, a 12-year pilot.

Golden Apple award recognizes city school volunteer

4:48 PM EST, February 3, 2013

Golden Apple award recognizes city school volunteer

Cory McCray, whose children, ages 3 and 5, are too young to attend middle school, still spends many hours in the halls and classrooms of Northeast Middle School in Baltimore, where he volunteers.

Bringing purple passion to a cause

5:43 PM EST, January 27, 2013

Bringing purple passion to a cause

There are Ravens fans, there are passionate Ravens fans, and then there is Cindy Pierce.

Young Marylanders honored for community spirit

7:08 PM EDT, March 10, 2013

Young Marylanders honored for community spirit

Two years ago, when Sade Miller was in fifth grade at Ridgely Elementary School in Denton, she decided to raise money for the hospice in Caroline County.

Fire safety takes center stage for city students

4:28 PM EST, January 6, 2013

Fire safety takes center stage for city students

In a city of aging, closely built rowhouses, where officials estimate smoke detectors are sufficiently installed in only about half, knowledge of fires is prevalent, even among the youngest of residents.

Philanthropy comes full circle for Harford County women

8:29 PM EST, January 20, 2013

Philanthropy comes full circle for Harford County women

In its second year awarding grants, the Women's Giving Circle of Harford County gave 11 nonprofit organizations nearly $36,000 in 2012 to help women and girls in the county.

Shaving heads is growing fundraiser in Annapolis

4:19 PM EST, March 3, 2013

Shaving heads is growing fundraiser in Annapolis

Bernie O'Brien is a big burly guy with a crop of red hair. But sometime after noon Sunday, he'll be sporting a shiny bald head.

Mentoring program makes perfect match

4:10 PM EST, January 13, 2013

Mentoring program makes perfect match

Every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., sisters Shytira and Shyrell Everett arrive at the Weinberg Family Center Y for two hours of charades, rock climbing, homework help, arts and crafts, picnics and other activities with mentors Sara Milstein and Kim Strassner.

Decorating soldiers in a different way

5:34 PM EST, December 16, 2012

Decorating soldiers in a different way

This Christmas will be the first one in a long time that Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lopus will be spending at home with his wife, Mary, and their four children.

To stave off paving, Annapolis attorney planted a paradise

2:47 PM EST, December 31, 2012

To stave off paving, Annapolis attorney planted a paradise

Two decades ago, when lawyer Robert Waldman and his family moved to the Annapolis neighborhood of Homewood, there was talk of converting the old railroad right-of-way across from his house into some kind of thruway.

2:21 PM EST, December 10, 2012

Sandy storm victims get help from Baltimore group

Chad and Meredith Spence live in Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood, where the lights barely flickered during Superstorm Sandy.

Former Hopkins students help free clinic develop electronic records

12:25 PM EST, December 2, 2012

Former Hopkins students help free clinic develop electronic records

In 2006, when Eugene Semenov was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, he volunteered at the medical clinic of Baltimore Rescue Mission, which provides free medical attention to people who are homeless.

Young adults on a mission to improve lives of others

4:21 PM EST, November 25, 2012

Young adults on a mission to improve lives of others

As a volunteer with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, Sarah Kennedy, 23, works full-time for Alternative Directions, a Baltimore nonprofit that helps people who are in prison or leaving prison. She runs a program called CHIP, which mentors children of incarcerated parents, and she helms a transitional program for women coming out of prison.

Ellicott City 7-year-old becomes a philanthropist with Clara Cares

3:36 PM EST, November 11, 2012

Ellicott City 7-year-old becomes a philanthropist with Clara Cares

When Clara Henry was 3, she fell off her bed and hit the corner of a table in her room, breaking her skull in three places. She underwent surgery and stayed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a week. Recovery took a year.

Taking quick steps to fight Alzheimer's disease

4:27 PM EDT, October 28, 2012

Taking quick steps to fight Alzheimer's disease

They may be elderly, frail and dealing with debilitating memory loss, but a lively beat, noisy maracas and an enthusiastic instructor can get them dancing.

Painting a brighter future for Baltimore street corner

6:04 PM EDT, October 21, 2012

Painting a brighter future for Baltimore street corner

Not so long ago, a dilapidated house stood on the corner of Jenifer Avenue and 30th Street in Baltimore's Montebello community, a magnet for drug users and dealers. But now the house has been torn down, and a mural is planned that will fill the space "with color and joy," said Natalya Brusilovsky, the healthy neighborhoods coordinator for the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Community Corp., a nonprofit community association.

Volunteers move mounds of mattresses

4:08 PM EDT, October 7, 2012

Volunteers move mounds of mattresses

Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House put out a call for help and ended up with a brigade of mattress movers.

Ride 365 takes women volunteers across Maryland

6:39 PM EDT, September 23, 2012

Ride 365 takes women volunteers across Maryland

A group of 11 Baltimore women who set out Sept. 19 to ride their bicycles 365 miles across Maryland in five days arrived Sunday at Fort McHenry to the cheers of more than 100 family members and friends..

Camden Yards event looks to brush back lung cancer

September 16, 2012

Camden Yards event looks to brush back lung cancer

Monica Barlow hates being asked whether she is a former smoker. To her it doesn't matter. To the people she meets who hear she is battling Stage 4 lung cancer, it seems the only possible explanation.

Award salutes volunteers who help veterans

6:39 PM EST, December 23, 2012

Award salutes volunteers who help veterans

World War II veteran John Dicks, 86, has already given his country so much. And yet he finds that he wants to give more.

Spurring kids' knowledge of Judaism through reading, music

3:54 PM EDT, September 30, 2012

Spurring kids' knowledge of Judaism through reading, music

Michelle Damareck's 3-year-old daughter has been singing "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" in Hebrew, and her 5-year-old son has been learning the lessons of the Ten Commandments, thanks to a program that delivers Jewish-themed books and CDs to their home every month, free of charge.

Humorist returns to stage of her youth

3:57 PM EDT, September 9, 2012

Humorist returns to stage of her youth

In her senior year at the Catholic High School of Baltimore, Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski performed her first stand-up comedy routine. She wrote the jokes and found she liked delivering them to a crowd.

Scout works to deter spread of invasive freshwater algae

6:19 PM EDT, July 29, 2012

Scout works to deter spread of invasive freshwater algae

Tyler S. Gee, 16, can add several descriptives after his name, including rising junior at Hereford High School and aspiring Eagle Scout and aerospace engineer. Now he can tack on one more — riverkeeper — because of his efforts to deter the spread of an invasive algae found in the Gunpowder River.

Operation Christmas Child sends presents around the world

2:44 PM EST, November 4, 2012

Operation Christmas Child sends presents around the world

Angelica Fagan, 8, has a crystal-clear memory of the shoebox full of gifts she received when she lived at a Philippine orphanage with her two younger brothers.

Plan to feed hungry is bearing fruit

4:38 PM EDT, April 21, 2012

Plan to feed hungry is bearing fruit

A new nonprofit organization aims to turn the fruits of its labors into fresh food for the hungry.

5:39 PM EST, March 10, 2012

Interfaith rock group comes together in Frederick County

When Jamie Krantz was invited to join a band made up of musicians of different faiths, she was tempted to say no. She worried she wouldn't have anything in common with the other players. But she agreed to join the group as a vocalist, and she's glad she did.

High-casual event raises funds to fight disease

3:35 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

High-casual event raises funds to fight disease

His mother's death 16 years ago came as a sudden shock to Sean Hull. Even more distressing was the family's discovery that Ida Hull had suffered in silence for years with sarcoidosis, a debilitating, often fatal disease that frequently attacks the lungs.

Annapolis couple raises money to defend animals' legal rights

7:43 PM EDT, September 2, 2012

Annapolis couple raises money to defend animals' legal rights

Michelle and Larry Kownacki first got involved with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2005, when they became foster parents for Gentle Ben, a Jack Russell terrier who had been hoarded and neglected.

Cool baby clothes, warm hearts fuel Baltimore start-up

4:06 PM EDT, August 19, 2012

Cool baby clothes, warm hearts fuel Baltimore start-up

Why are cool-looking baby clothes so hard to find?

Tireless advocate continues battle against Alzheimer's

2:21 PM EDT, April 7, 2012

Tireless advocate continues battle against Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association's annual Memory Ball has drawn nine highly competitive dance couples, four well-known judges, including Maryland's first lady, and nearly 700 guests. But the star of the evening will likely be the ball honoree, Sylvia Mackey, a woman who has worked tirelessly for the association and its families.

Spirited women honored for community activism

5:08 PM EDT, August 12, 2012

Spirited women honored for community activism

A growing media and resource company in the city is again shining a light on women who are making a difference in their communities, excelling professionally and offering their lives of service as examples for others to emulate.

Finksburg student goes from library volunteer to author

4:35 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

Finksburg student goes from library volunteer to author

Zach Teal is just 17, but his love for books led him to write one of his own and to volunteer more than 250 hours at the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

10:41 AM EDT, April 28, 2012

Volunteers teach city students business in 'nifty' program

For a decade, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has been working in Baltimore schools to encourage students with the potential to become tomorrow's business leaders.

3:54 PM EDT, July 22, 2012

Charity allows employees to be givers

A job at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation comes with a truly unique annual benefit, one that turns employees into grant givers.

2:29 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

For ex-Terp Walt Williams, an uphill battle

Walt Williams isn't one to shy away from a challenge. The former NBA veteran, after all, is perhaps best known for playing under the most trying circumstances in the history of Maryland basketball.

Maryland students plan food drive for fall

4:23 PM EDT, July 1, 2012

Maryland students plan food drive for fall

Students at the University of Maryland, College Park are planning to prepare more than 100,000 meals in a single day, to be donated to people in need. The meal packages will contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin powder.

11:35 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Volunteer helps foster adult literacy

A friend encouraged Shelly Abrams to volunteer at the South Baltimore Learning Center. Now, more than 21 years later, she still donates many hours a week to the nonprofit, which offers literacy and life-skills training to more than 1,000 adults each year.

Roland Park grad promotes responsible spring break fun

5:41 PM EDT, April 14, 2012

Roland Park grad promotes responsible spring break fun

Savannah Bass, 21, who grew up in Ruxton and graduated from Roland Park Country School in 2008, is working to curb binge drinking on college campuses and along the beach during spring break.

5:25 PM EDT, March 31, 2012

Korean-American grocers celebrate students' success

Traneika Fleet wants to become a nurse and help cancer patients. Josh Greenspan aims to be an aerospace engineer. And classical singer Yoon Jung Kim and actor Delante Desouza both dream of performing on the professional stage.

Woman's pet cause helps needy owners of dogs, cats

3:10 PM EST, February 4, 2012

Woman's pet cause helps needy owners of dogs, cats

A woman who grew up rescuing lost critters has launched an effort to help pets and their owners survive financial crises together.

Teen golfer hopes to score for Hopkins hospital

3:33 PM EST, March 3, 2012

Teen golfer hopes to score for Hopkins hospital

Jordan McKelvin, 14, hopes to turn her scores on golf greens into dollars to fund research and battle childhood diseases.

Team StrongHope adds cancer ambassadors to rosters

2:27 PM EST, February 25, 2012

Team StrongHope adds cancer ambassadors to rosters

Ten-year-old Juliana Carver loves to swim. Unfortunately, between chemotherapy treatments, medications and routine hospital visits, Juliana doesn't always have the time or energy to be in the water.

Millionaire's mansion now shelters homeless

3:26 PM EST, February 11, 2012

Millionaire's mansion now shelters homeless

The Mount Vernon house spent decades as one of several 19th-century millionaires' mansions. But in the last 25 years, the Patrick Allison House has found another mission.

Barber's efforts are cut above

3:58 PM EST, January 7, 2012

Barber's efforts are cut above

The barber spent at least 20 minutes grooming his client's hair and beard. With his clippers, brush, razor and shaving cream, he skillfully tended to every detail, frequently asking the man in the chair his preferences. When the appointment was done, the men exchanged thanks and a handshake.

Saddling up to give others a ride

4:30 PM EST, February 18, 2012

Saddling up to give others a ride

McDaniel College freshman Caitlyn McSorley has never let her dyslexia get in the way of helping others. Instead, it was the catalyst for doing so.

Silver screen turns to gold for Baltimore seniors

January 15, 2012

Silver screen turns to gold for Baltimore seniors

Social worker Chris Muldowney and film professor Christopher Llewellyn Reed have found a way to translate their love of movies into, among other things, groceries, fire insurance, hearing aids, a mattress, a new window, the vet bill for a beloved cat and flowers for a 100th birthday.

Congregation funds $5 million renovation in effort to lift voices higher

2:45 PM EDT, October 1, 2011

Congregation funds $5 million renovation in effort to lift voices higher

Members of a North Baltimore church congregation felt they could not hear their own voices while singing a hymn. Others complained they could not hear the choir.

Chimes hopes to laugh a little, raise a lot

3:52 PM EDT, October 22, 2011

Chimes hopes to laugh a little, raise a lot

Baltimore celebrities will take their best shot at comedy, all in the name of giving back.

LaQuan Williams an impact player on 'Basic Needs' drive

4:50 PM EST, December 17, 2011

LaQuan Williams an impact player on 'Basic Needs' drive

Even though he is Baltimore-bred, LaQuan Williams couldn't help but feel empathy for a child who has been inspired by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Jammies bring joy to hospitalized children

December 4, 2011

Jammies bring joy to hospitalized children

Four years ago, Glen Burnie resident Debi Katzenberger was finding it difficult to purchase the family's new Christmas pajamas. It was a tradition she had with her own children and passed along to her grandchildren.

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

2:12 PM EST, December 31, 2011

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

It wasn't long after Dr. James Higgins became chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital last January that he answered a call from Operation Smile, the Norfolk-based humanitarian group that provides free surgery for needy children with facial deformities.

Musician's donation allows others to enjoy aquarium

2:48 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Musician's donation allows others to enjoy aquarium

Sea-inspired melodies are helping efforts to give terminally ill children, disabled veterans and other special-needs groups glimpses of aquatic life at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Family forgoes Thanksgiving to run model trains for charity

5:57 PM EST, November 19, 2011

Family forgoes Thanksgiving to run model trains for charity

Model trains, not turkey, top the Thanksgiving menu for the Schumm family of Harford County.

BRAC brings fundraiser ball to Aberdeen

10:16 AM EDT, June 25, 2011

BRAC brings fundraiser ball to Aberdeen

A dance under a circus-sized tent at Aberdeen Proving Ground has raised more than $300,000 for a network of houses that offer free lodging to the families of wounded warriors.

Arundel man gives aid to hospital

5:26 PM EST, January 21, 2012

Arundel man gives aid to hospital

Commitment seems to come naturally to Anne Arundel County resident R. Kent Schwab.

In Patterson's classrooms, Ogden still clearing paths

4:45 PM EDT, October 29, 2011

In Patterson's classrooms, Ogden still clearing paths

Jonathan Ogden parted ways with the NFL more than three years ago, but the retired Ravens offensive tackle remains an active presence in the Baltimore community.

January 24, 2010

Defending the defenseless

The director of a Baltimore children's advocacy center says that in the light of Sarah Foxwell's abduction and killing on the Eastern Shore, people are looking for solutions to one of society's most hot-button issues: child sexual abuse.

Cyclist rides in honor of his brother

2:37 PM EDT, October 8, 2011

Cyclist rides in honor of his brother

Every time Chris Seymour entered the garden shed at his home, he would stare at the sleek bike, a bequest from his older brother Robert, who died in May.

Parents push through wall of silence on suicide

3:53 PM EDT, August 6, 2011

Parents push through wall of silence on suicide

Nearly a decade ago, not long after losing a daughter to suicide, a Baltimore County couple made a decision. They would turn their personal tragedy into a means of helping themselves, and others, by addressing mental illness in the open, without shame.

Parents organize run to keep daughter's name alive

3:30 PM EDT, November 5, 2011

Parents organize run to keep daughter's name alive

In an instant Russell and Kim Hurd went from planning their daughter's wedding to arranging her funeral.

Howard man runs to raise funds for Down syndrome

5:02 PM EDT, September 24, 2011

Howard man runs to raise funds for Down syndrome

Wayne Malone is no longer running the distances he managed in his youth, but he is still racking up miles organizing an annual fundraiser that benefits the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy Krieger in East Baltimore.

Fundraiser a success from the opening tip

2:21 AM EDT, April 24, 2011

Fundraiser a success from the opening tip

The first National Hillel Basketball Tournament ended two weeks ago in spectacular fashion, with a 53-51 triple-overtime victory for Washington University over Yeshiva in the men's final at Ritchie Coliseum. It began two years earlier as an afterthought.

The Center Club's fashion show aims to help clothing nonprofit

4:40 PM EST, November 12, 2011

The Center Club's fashion show aims to help clothing nonprofit

When the Center Club held a focus group asking its members what events they wanted to hold, some suggested a fashion show.

Horses take the lead in battle against breast cancer

2:40 PM EDT, June 18, 2011

Horses take the lead in battle against breast cancer

Patricia Artimovich survived a life-threatening disease, thanks, she says, to the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Cancer Center and to the healing power of horses.

Bel Air teen showers babies with gifts

2:06 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Bel Air teen showers babies with gifts

It's not every day that a person makes a selfless and heartfelt donation to a hospital. It's even rarer when it comes from a teenager.

January 10, 2010

Good Works

Teens elicit water funds, awareness

Gabrielle "Gabby" Kozera, 17, imagines the continent of Africa in the shape of the human heart, with clean water as the lifeblood of its many struggling nations.

3:42 PM EDT, July 9, 2011

Blood recipient Boyle gives back

An Ironman World Championship participant might have been the American Red Cross representative calling to schedule your next blood donation.

Day on the water raises money for area charities

3:11 PM EDT, September 17, 2011

Day on the water raises money for area charities

For the past 17 years employees from the 126-year-old Baltimore-based insurance company RCM&D have taken a portion of a workday off to spend on the water sailing, while at the same time raising money.

Hopkins team helps children with face-saving surgery

2:49 PM EDT, July 30, 2011

Hopkins team helps children with face-saving surgery

While still attending undergraduate school, Dr. Patrick J. Byrne made a promise: If he had the good fortune to go into medicine and become a doctor, he would do something for the underserved.

12:30 PM EDT, July 9, 2011

Blood recipient Boyle gives back

An Ironman World Championship participant might have been the American Red Cross representative calling to schedule your next blood donation.

4:58 PM EDT, September 10, 2011

Midshipmen to help clean up, honor 9/11 victims and military

In an effort to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will take part today in the second annual Project Green: 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance.

Student scores high in helping others

3:00 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Student scores high in helping others

Meredith Good-Cohn celebrates her 19th birthday today, knowing she is already a woman of tomorrow, a community activist, a scholar, a filmmaker, a volunteer in numerous capacities and the state's recycler of the year.

Volunteer goes the extra mile to end domestic violence

1:20 PM EDT, August 20, 2011

Volunteer goes the extra mile to end domestic violence

As the application deadline loomed for vendors who want to participate in a fundraising event in Bel Air next month, Hazel U. Hopkins fretted that a favorite caterer might have forgotten to sign up.

  • Email E-mail
  • add to Twitter Twitter
  • add to Facebook Facebook
  • Home Delivery Home Delivery

PHOTO GALLERIES