Good Works

Highlights of community outreach in the Baltimore area.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center, Reservoir Hill's 'island of stability,' eyes face-lift

The treasurer of the center's board of directors is organizing an Oct. 17 golf invitational to benefit St. Francis at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix.

Molded by Baltimore upbringing, Kansas safety Fish Smithson gives back 'as much as I can'

Need does not discriminate. Fish Smithson knows that painful lesson all too well.

UMBC women's basketball players share more than their sport

UMBC power forward Pandora Wilson heard the playful taunt from the middle schooler coming her way and got into a defensive crouch. And when the youngster airballed a 3-point attempt, a smile slowly spread across Wilson's face. Wilson had a basketball reputation to protect on that recent Friday, but more importantly the UMBC senior was delighted to connect with 12 middle schoolers enrolled in Higher Achievement at New Era Academy in South Baltimore.

Taking to a treadmill in pursuit of funding for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Jonathan Wilson, executive director of the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will run on a treadmill for 24 hours to raise money and awareness

Baltimore City kids learn lacrosse, and to 'fully embrace' a positive identity, through BCLL program

At nine other partner programs on the East Coast, lacrosse is seen as the master key that can unlock athletic potential, academic improvement and behavioral stability. Program director Jenny Michael pointed to the "cyclical effect" of involvement: When students get invested in the program, their grades go up. When their grades go up, they're more likely to do the work they must to prosper.

Loyola Maryland's Cara Egan founded Junior H2Ounds to teach drowning prevention and open opportunities

Cara Egan, a Loyola Maryland senior on the women's swimming and diving team, founded drowning-prevention program Junior H20unds in 2014 to help bridge this particular opportunity gap in North Baltimore.

Tyler Mains, MERIT making a difference for Baltimore teens hoping to crack medical field

Tyler Mains, a fourth-year medical student at Johns Hopkins and MERIT's executive director, was recognized by the Ravens during their game against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 22. For being selected, Mains and MERIT received a $3,500 grant. MERIT, which stands for Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens, is a program offered to sophomores in city high schools that provides weekly Saturday courses, medical student mentorships and paid summer internships.

Spirit Club helping people with disabilities be more physically active

As a support counselor at Jubilee Association of Maryland, Jared Ciner worked with the agency to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. But when he began researching exercise programs for his clients, the University of Maryland graduate came up empty. That's how Ciner founded Spirit Club.

After spell in NFL, Woodlawn grad seeks to warm children's hearts and feet

A Baltimore native who was an All-Metro selection at Woodlawn and played at Virginia before joining the Jets as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2003, Tavon Mason started the Tavon Mason Loves the Kids Foundation upon his return home. His foundation's fourth slipper drive is underway.

Real estate agent pens book with proceeds going to breast cancer research

After 13 years of experience in Maryland real estate, David Orso decided to use his skills to better equip those entering the housing market by writing a book.

Father's diagnosis leads to Ride to Conquer Cancer

Cathy Teodosio has already raised more than the minimum event donation of $2,500 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and received a couple sponsorships to help her make the donations.

From Ocean City to Fells Point, a grueling kayak journey for a cause

The Scunny Memorial Paddle, which ran from Sept. 16-21, turned out to be even less fun than Christopher Furst, a marketing director for Power Plant Live, thought it would be. And the novice kayaker didn't go in expecting the 175-mile kayak trip was going to be a day at the beach.

Fashion show to support House of Ruth

Cross Keys event to collect donations for Ruth's Closet

Young lifeguards honored by Red Cross

It was the first day of camp, a busy day at the swimming pool of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Amid the happy splashing, lifeguard

Pikesville amputee wants to show he 'Never Lost A Step'

He named his campaign "Never Lost A Step," and if you saw Pikesville's Kevin Atherley walk these days, you'd probably believe it.

Award recognizes leading black men in Baltimore

Riding to raise awareness of MS

Bike MS Chesapeake Challenge

Community service sounds sweet to Howard students

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 workplace concerns. In the process, she ended up creating a circle of charitable acts benefiting students, senior citizens and low-income families.

Woman establishes fund to care for visiting pets

Patients benefit from companionship of pets

Soccer Without Borders helps children of refugees acclimate to new community

Soccer Without Borders in Baltimore has become an academic and athletic outlet for the children of refugees

Kids learn healthy habits from McDaniel's Fitness Buddies

With a few balls, a whiffle bat, and some jump ropes, the newly created Fitness Buddies meet weekly under the direction of Roger Isom, a McDaniel sophomore who designed the program.

Camp Fairlee offers the disabled a typical summer camp experience

Easter Seals' Camp Fairlee in Chestertown is a camp created to give children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities the opportunity to experience everything a typical summer camp would offer.

Van Brooks looks for big gains from Yards for Success

Former Loyola star Van Brooks hopes his foundation, SAFE, can make big gains with Yards for Success, which combines flag football and education

Architects give Baltimore students lessons to build on

Ayers Saint Gross hosts 'Careers in Design' program for elementary school

Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse

Be A Hero gala in Baltimore raises funds to support center

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

Charm City Tribe aspires to reconnect people in their 20s and 30s to Judaic practices they may have lost along the road to independence

Network 2000 promotes female empowerment in the workplace

Network 2000, a statewide nonprofit, was launched in 1993 with a mission to promote the advancement of women in executive and leadership positions, and provide them guidance to succeed.

Baltimore resident starts project to promote kindness

Jessica Watson started 28 Days of Kindness to encourage others to perform one good deed per day in February.

Cat finds guardian angel in Hampden shop

Howl pet store in Hampden Baltimore

College students spend alternative spring break in Baltimore

Students use vacation to volunteer

CaringOn gives back to cancer caregivers

Working with a friend, Judy Davanzo co-founded CaringOn, a nonprofit created to give a short break to caregivers whose loved ones are battling terminal cancer.

Bank on a mission to feed the hungry

Susquehanna Bank million meals mission

Group focuses youths on community, justice

Community Law In Action focuses youths on community, justice

Baltimore Outreach Services cooks up success for women at its shelters

Thanks to the Baltimore Outreach Services culinary arts training program, Carter has a full time job with Hyatt Regency.

Random acts fuel fundraising efforts

Online and in person, members of theCHIVE show giving spirits

Pop-up gift shop nurses new vision for Dundalk

Creators of temporary gallery hope to foster area's arts reputation

Ravens safety Ihedigbo gives college students HOPE

The Ravens safety is the president of a charitable organization he founded in 2008 that provides scholarships to students of African descent seeking educational opportunities in the United States. HOPE Africa — the first word is an acronym for "Help Our People Excel" — is funds 12 students at colleges across the country.

Baltimore woman gleeful about making music to help sick children

Music is Medicine's Leora Friedman

Baltimore-area nonprofits begin relief efforts in Philippines

Local nonprofits have commenced operations on Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

Group aims to retrain racehorses after retirement

Retired racehorse symposium at Pimlico

Benefactor's gift funds Hopkins internships at local nonprofits

Johns Hopkins community internships

Building a place to play in one day

Organization, volunteers create playground at charter school

Scary Mommy easing mothers' fears for Thanksgiving

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving

Charlestown residents offer nearly $225,000 in scholarships

Catonsville community honors high school students who work at senior living center

Father urges focus on learning ability, not disabilities

Abilities Network in Towson

Southwest offers travel grants to patients seeking treatment in Baltimore

Southwest Airlines medical transportation grants

Baltimore pastor wins award for efforts to fight poverty, crime

Strength to Love organization in Baltimore

Awards celebrate Baltimore women with spirit

Spirited woman winners honored for contributions to community

Kevin Liles gives back to Baltimore

Long before Kevin Liles became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, well before he reached millionaire status, and began to hobnob with Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, he grew up humbly in West Baltimore.

Baltimore boxer fights for father-son time

Baltimore boxer Venroy July starts BYB Initiative encouraging fathers to "bring your boys" to fights

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

Media specialist reads stories to children at Carroll shelters

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.

Baltimore charter school advocate among new crop of Casey Foundation fellows

City Neighbors schools founder Bobbi Macdonald

Kona Ice truck offers local flavor to Erika Brannock fund

Kona Ice truck Baltimore County

For Hopkins researcher, battling MS is personal

Walk MS Baltimore raises $125,000

Ravens foundation funds local scholars

Ravens foundation scholarships

Eye surgeon gives near-blind man gift of sight

Dr. Anthony Kameen performs LASIK surgery to help man at Helping Up Mission

McDaniel students are 'heroes' in the kitchen

McDaniel students are heroes helping Hopkins

Harford library offers kits to give kids a leap on science

Harford County Library offers learning kits

Marylander recognized for fighting hunger

Nourish Now program feeds hungry in Maryland

Substitute soccer player saves teammate's life

Volunteers revive Christ Child Society in Baltimore

Christ Child Society of Baltimore

Champion of Reservoir Hill recognized by global group

Reservoir Hill Baltimore advocate recognized by GOOD

Students make digital connection to community

Comcast Digital Connectors program at Coppin State

Girls take wing at annual flying festival in Frederick

Women in aviation week

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

Huggable Heroes

Golden Apple award recognizes city school volunteer

Golden Apple recognizes Maryland school volunteers

Bringing purple passion to a cause

Ravens fans rally behind Brigance Brigade

Young Marylanders honored for community spirit

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Fire safety takes center stage for city students

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

St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Fado Irish Pub

Mentoring program makes perfect match

Mentoring programs at the Y

Decorating soldiers in a different way

Forest Hill volunteer brings Christmas lights to veteran's home

To stave off paving, Annapolis attorney planted a paradise

Attorney quietly turns railroad right-of-way into park

Sandy storm victims get help from Baltimore group

Sandy storm recovery gets help from local Baltimore group

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

Clara Henry has launched bracelet project to help other patients

Former Hopkins students help free clinic develop electronic records

System makes it easier to track homeless patients' medical care

Young adults on a mission to improve lives of others

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers focuses on helping the economically disadvantaged through education, and began in 1994 with just six Baltimore volunteers. It began a partnership with AmeriCorps 17 years ago, and this year supports 390 volunteers working in 23 cities across the nation.

Taking quick steps to fight Alzheimer's disease

Participants at the assisted living home may not remember her name, but they know Deb Shavitz is the "exercise lady." Her routine is steeped in the fast-paced Zumba dance genre, rooted in South America and growing in popularity across the U.S.

Volunteers move mounds of mattresses

Volunteers move mounds of mattresses to help Ronald McDonald House.

Painting a brighter future for Baltimore street corner

City resident, artist plan mural for Montebello street corner

Ride 365 takes women volunteers across Maryland

Ride 365 takes women volunteers across Maryland

Camden Yards event looks to brush back lung cancer

Orioles official Monica Barlow helps Breathe Deep Baltimore raise money to benefit LUNGevity's fight against lung cancer

Scout works to deter spread of invasive freshwater algae

Scout works to stop spread of invasive freshwater algae on the Gunpowder River.

Award salutes volunteers who help veterans

Spurring kids' knowledge of Judaism through reading, music

PJ Library events

Humorist returns to stage of her youth

Michele Wojciechowski will take to the same stage Saturday night, where she made her comic debut more than 26 years ago. It will be a benefit performance for her Alma Mater. She and Mickey Cucchiella, a well known 98 Rock personality, have put together "Wojo and Mickey: Heaven Help Us Night of Comedy."

Plan to feed hungry is bearing fruit

Baltimore good news: Baltimore Orchard Project

Interfaith rock group comes together in Frederick County

A band, called Interfaith Rock, was formed in January and includes musicians who are Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Jewish.

Operation Christmas Child sends presents around the world

About 120 volunteers packed thousands of boxes last week and more will return to a Sparks manufacturer's plant Saturday for another packing party. They plan to make about 14,000 boxes ready for shipment around the world through Operation Christmas Child, a 19-year-old international charity that expects to ship its 100 millionth shoebox this season.

Tireless advocate continues battle against Alzheimer's

Sylvia Mackey to be honored at the Alzheimer's Association's annual Memory Ball

Volunteers teach city students business in 'nifty' program

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship celebrates a decade of making a difference in Baltimore schools with a gala Wednesday at Loyola University.

High-casual event raises funds to fight disease

Proceeds from the fourth annual Flip-Flop Festivus Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East will help continue research into sarcoidosis, which the medical community calls an under-recognized disease.

Annapolis couple raises money to defend animals' legal rights

Animal Legal Defense Fund benefit in Annapolis

Cool baby clothes, warm hearts fuel Baltimore start-up

Cool baby clothes, warm hearts fuel Baltimore start-up

Charity allows employees to be givers

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation turns its 16 employees into grant givers and provides them with a platform to tout their favorite charities.