Highlights of community outreach in the Baltimore area.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cross Keys event to collect donations for Ruth's Closet

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

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

Bike MS Chesapeake Challenge

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.

Patients benefit from companionship of pets

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

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.

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.

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

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

Be A Hero gala in Baltimore raises funds to support center

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, 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.

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

Howl pet store in Hampden Baltimore

Students use vacation to volunteer

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.

Susquehanna Bank million meals mission

Community Law In Action focuses youths on community, justice

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

Online and in person, members of theCHIVE show giving spirits

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

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.

Music is Medicine's Leora Friedman

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

Retired racehorse symposium at Pimlico

Johns Hopkins community internships

Organization, volunteers create playground at charter school

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving

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

Abilities Network in Towson

Southwest Airlines medical transportation grants

Strength to Love organization in Baltimore

Spirited woman winners honored for contributions to community

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

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

Media specialist reads stories to children at Carroll shelters

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.

City Neighbors schools founder Bobbi Macdonald

Kona Ice truck Baltimore County

Walk MS Baltimore raises $125,000

Ravens foundation scholarships

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

McDaniel students are heroes helping Hopkins

Harford County Library offers learning kits

Nourish Now program feeds hungry in Maryland

Christ Child Society of Baltimore

Reservoir Hill Baltimore advocate recognized by GOOD

Comcast Digital Connectors program at Coppin State

Women in aviation week

Huggable Heroes

Golden Apple recognizes Maryland school volunteers

Ravens fans rally behind Brigance Brigade

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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.

St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Fado Irish Pub

Mentoring programs at the Y

Forest Hill volunteer brings Christmas lights to veteran's home

Attorney quietly turns railroad right-of-way into park

Sandy storm recovery gets help from local Baltimore group

Clara Henry has launched bracelet project to help other patients

System makes it easier to track homeless patients' medical care

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.

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 to help Ronald McDonald House.

City resident, artist plan mural for Montebello street corner

Ride 365 takes women volunteers across Maryland

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

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

PJ Library events

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."

Baltimore good news: Baltimore Orchard Project

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

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.

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

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

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.

Animal Legal Defense Fund benefit in Annapolis

Cool baby clothes, warm hearts fuel Baltimore start-up

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

A growing media and resouce company in the city is once again shining a light on women who are making a difference in their communities.

Fantasy fiction author is 17-year-old Finksburg student

Maryland students plan food drive for fall

Ex-NBA player Walt Williams enters Catoctin Challenge to benefit Camp Greentop and The League for People with Disabilities

Shelly Abrams already has 21 years of volunteering at the South Baltimore Learning Center to her credit and still donates many hours a week to the non-profit.

Good works: Fighting underage drinking during spring break

KAGRO: Korean-American grocers celebrate students' success

Thankful Paws, a food pantry for pets, offers pet owners stressed by unemployment, impending eviction and other aspects of the down-turned economy, assistance that could make a difference.

Good Works: Team StrongHope helps raise awareness of childhood cancer and money for pediatric oncology centers

Baltimore charities and good works

Westminster High: Teen golfer hopes to score for Hopkins hospital

Robert W. Cradle, 43. the founder of the non-profit Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation, does not charge for his services to the homeless and needy.

McDaniel student's work with horse therapy program earns nomination for Compassionate Marylander award

Film series raises money to help elderly in need

At same time, church raises additional funds to help local charities

Actor Kevin Nealon to host inaugural Charity Chuckle event

Rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams from Poly and Maryland joins Ravens teammate Terrence Cody on "Basic Needs" drive to help Abilities Network serve children, adults and families who are affected by at-risk factors

Glen Burnie woman's efforts to honor granddaughter who died of leukemia

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

The Support Our Heroes Ball, a dance being held under a circus-sized tent at Aberdeen Proving Ground, has raised funds for a network of houses that offer free lodging to the families of wounded warriors.

A club started by former Raven Jonathan Ogden has helped more than 500 student-athletes from disadvantaged neighborhoods get their diplomas and prepare for college

Funrdraising for Baltimore Washington Medical Center earns recognition

After daughter's death, Cockeysville couple raise nearly $1 million to shed light on mental illness

Wayne Malone will work behind the scenes today at the annual BWI Airport Run and Family Walk as he has for 25 years.

Chris Seymour will be riding Saturday in the Sea Gull Century bike race in Salisbury, honoring his brother by carrying his ashes on the route to the seashore and back.

Since Heather L. Hurd was killed by a distracted driver, her mother and father have lobbied for new laws and raised money to help students at her alma mater

On November 18 at 7 p.m. the Center Club will host its first-ever runway show, Couture at the Club: An Evening of Ravishing Fashion.

Ironman World Championship competitor Brian Boyle is helping Red Cross raise awareness for blood donations

RCM&D's 18th annual regatta also functions as a day of service

Doctor creates nonprofit that brings treatment to patients around the globe

Ironman World Championship competitor Brian Boyle is helping Red Cross raise awareness for blood donations

At 19, Meredith Good-Cohn is already a woman of tomorrow, a community activist, a scholar, a filmmaker, a volunteer and the state's recycler of the year.

Hazel U. Hopkins, the 2010 volunteer of the year at SARC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence, works behind the scenes.