How to help: Donation and volunteer opportunities in the aftermath of riots

In the aftermath Monday's riots and fires, Baltimore volunteers are coming out in force looking for ways to help. Here are just few ways to contribute your time, money or resources:

Call 311: The Baltimore Department of Public Works announced a new 311 category to direct citizens to opportunities to clean up.


Check the Google doc: The Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods is now managing a public Google form and spreadsheet where groups can request volunteers and volunteers can locate opportunities to help. The form, titled "Baltimore: Where is help needed?", collects information about volunteer needs, including dates, times, locations and the number of people needed, and uses that information to populate a spreadsheet.

The form was created by a private citizen on Monday. Alexandra Smith, deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods, says the Mayor's Office is "acting as a conduit" to spread the word about the document and volunteer opportunities. As volunteer needs are met, the office crosses items off the spreadsheet.


Contact the governor's office: The governor's office created the Maryland Unites page to share resources for Marylanders in need and to help volunteers find ways to assist in recovery efforts. The page lists four nonprofits -- Salvation Army of Central Maryland, Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake, United Way of Central Maryland and Associated Black Charities -- to which the public can donate.

The page also includes a link to a volunteer signup form instructing users to fill in their contact information so the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives can get in touch with ways to assist.

Donate to the fund: The Baltimore Community Foundation has established The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore, which will aim to repair the physical and emotional damage from the riots. The fund is accepting payments via the Community Foundation's website or via check.

Support Baltimore businesses: Chicago-area photographers John White and Thierry Lyles launched, a website selling vinyl stickers to raise money for Baltimore business owners who need assistance recovering from post-riot damage. The stickers, which display the black-and-white slogans "Baltimore Businesses Matter" and "I Support Baltimore," cost $15 each or $25 for two.

On Wednesday morning, Support Baltimore contacted the Baltimore Community Foundation with their decision to donate profits from the site to The Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.

"Last night, we were talking and thought, 'How would we feel if we were in these businesses' shoes?' " said White, of Crown Point, Ind., who has a day job as a marketing director. "That would be like something happening to our studio space and coming the next day and not knowing what to do."

White and Lyles are still encouraging business owners to share their stories on the site so the public can learn who was affected by the violence and how.

See a concert: The Metro Gallery will host a benefit concert May 20 at 7 p.m., with all proceeds donated to Baltimore Community Foundation's Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. The concert, "Be More Benefit: A Night of Music to Aid the Rebuilding of our City," will include performances by local artists Eze Jackson, Wing Dam, Blacksage, Joy Classic and DDm. Tickets cost $10, and donation boxes will be placed around the venue for concertgoers to make additional contributions.


Bob Elder, a member of Joy Classic who helped organize the benefit, said organizers are hoping to raise additional funds by selling works by Baltimore artists.

Eat a pizza: From May 1 to June 30, Joe Squared pizza restaurants will donate 10 percent of proceeds from a featured charity pizza to the Baltimore Community Foundation's Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. The charity pizza includes pink sauce, chicken, diced shallots, sautéed mushrooms, sweet potatoes, mozzarella cheese, Boursin cheese, parsley and sea salt.

Joe Squared manager Okan Arabacioglu said the restaurants will also organize a fundraiser happy hour where 15 percent of proceeds will be donated to the fund.

Get a workout: Several instructors at Rev Cycle Studio have asked that their salaries for certain classes be donated to the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. Funds from "Glow for Baltimore," a stationary cycling class at 6 p.m. Friday, and "Barre60," a barre exercise class at 9 a.m. Saturday, will be donated.

Instructors' pay increases based on the number of people who attend a given class, says Annie Truax, a barre instructor who assists with the studio's marketing and social media. Participants can register for classes online or sign up for a waitlist if the class is full.

Attend a dance performance: The Collective is accepting donations of personal care items and toiletries at its Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances of "[re]wired" at the Theatre Project. Donations will go to the Delta Community Center, where Delta Sigma Thetha Sorority will be collecting items to distribute to seniors in the Sandtown-Winchester community.


The Saturday evening performance has been moved to 7 p.m. to allow patrons adequate travel time before the 10 p.m. curfew. Patrons buying tickets at the door will receive a $1 discount per item donated.

The Delta Community Center will also be collecting donated items between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rebuild burned buildings: Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore, which is across the street from the community center and apartment building that burned Monday, posted on its Facebook page asking the public to donate via the church website, which includes an "online giving" button. A GoFundMe page the church set up Tuesday was no longer active by Wednesday morning.

Sponsor a "peace ambassador": Inner Harbor Project is a 501(c)(3) youth leadership program that deploys 25 "peace ambassadors" who man the Inner Harbor from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer to "spread positivity" to other teens. The organization accepts donations through its website and the United Way. It also offers the opportunity to sponsor a peace ambassador for $4,000 per month.

In response to the riots, Inner Harbor Project is extending the application deadline for youth leader by one week. The organization is welcoming all teenagers at its space at 616 Water St., Suite 318, on Tuesday.

Help homeless youth: Youth Empowerment Society, a drop-in center for homeless youth ages 14 to 25, was damaged in a fire Monday night, according to its Facebook page. The organization is accepting donations via PayPal.


Give emergency food assistance: All donations to the Maryland Food Bank this week support emergency food assistance efforts in Baltimore. Donors can sponsor an emergency food distribution event for $2,000 or support a school pantry -- where students can access food onsite -- for $4,200, according to communications director Joanna Warner.

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Volunteers can help out at food pantries and soup kitchens that partner with the Food Bank by contacting them directly. The Food Bank's website allows users to search for partner agencies by ZIP code.

Save a local business: Highland Jewelry in Highlandtown was looted Monday night, and the Gallery Church Patterson Park is organizing a fundraiser to help the store owners recover from the losses. Donations will be accepted through the following web address: Select "Gallery Church Patterson Park" in step one and "Neighborhood Help" in step two.

Pigtown Main Street, a nonprofit dedicated to the commercial revitilization of the neighborhood, started an Indiegogo fundraiser to help local businesses that were damaged this week. Donations will go to No Limit Communications, Total Health Care, Dollar General and Nick's Rotisserie, among others. The fundraising goal is $4,500.

Historic Charles Street Association is holding a happy hour to raise funds for 15 businesses along Charles and Centre streets that were damaged or looted. The happy hour will be held on May 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ware House 518. Proceeds from food and drink sales, along with suggested donations of $5, will be split among the affected businesses, according to marketing director Amelia Rambissoon. The organization also created a GoFundMe fundraising page with a $1,000 goal.

Provide legal support: The Ferguson Legal Defense Committee is searching for lawyers barred in Maryland — as well as law students, community members and organizers — to provide jail support and legal observing for demonstrations related to the death of Freddie Gray. Interested volunteers can fill out an online form.


Buy a T-shirt: Peppermill Projects, a branding and design firm in Annapolis, launched the website on Tuesday in response to this week's events. The site will sell screen-printed T-shirts with designs donated from artists. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

This story will be updated.