xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

United Way gives grants after unrest following Freddie Gray's death

The United Way of Central Maryland on Tuesday announced grants to local organizations to help stabilize neighborhoods affected by rioting and violence that followed the death of Freddie Gray.

The United Way raised $540,000 and allocated grants to 23 organizations, primarily to help support youth summer programs, after school engagements and camps. Beloved Community Servicers Corporation, YouthWorks and Enoch Pratt Free Library each received more than $20,000.

Advertisement

"If we are going to restore Baltimore, it has to start literally here at the library and start with engaging youth," said Mark Furst, CEO of Central Maryland's United Way. "To change Baltimore we really have to start with our youth."

As violent protests erupted last month after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from injuries sustained in police custody, the Enoch Pratt Free Library was a refuge for neighborhood children. While looting and rioting ensued outdoors, the building remained untouched.

Advertisement
Advertisement

That's why the library was chosen as the site for announcing the grants.

"We are paying it forward everyday," branch manager Melanie Townsend Diggs said. "The Library has always been giving just like the United Way. The library is here no matter what. It will be here in the future."

The United Way created the Maryland Units Fund last month and received donations from corporations and more than 750 individuals. As fundraising efforts continue, more allocations will be made, Furst said.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement