City child abuse center competes for $500,000 in grant money

The Baltimore Child Abuse Center needs your vote for a shot at winning up to $500,000 in grant money.

The center is the only Maryland nonprofit competing in the final round of Chase Bank's Community Giving contest on Facebook. The money will help the center offer free sexual abuse prevention education to kindergarten students throughout the region, said executive director Adam Rosenberg.

At a news conference Monday morning, Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III cast his vote on an iPad, noting that people already spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook on trivial tasks and can make a difference with one click at

"People ask all the time, what can I do" to help fight crime, Bealefeld said. "I don't know a better use of your time than to cast a vote on something that will improve the lives of children in our city and region."

Voting ends Wednesday.

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