How You Can Help: COVID-19 Recovery

How You Can Help: COVID-19 Recovery

This page contains info about two ways to help recovery in Central Baltimore — Donating and Volunteering!

We are all heartened by the generosity of Central Baltimore residents, businesses and other stakeholders who have volunteered to help one another meet today’s challenges. Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home order appears to pre-empt some volunteer activities and so we have assembled this list of ways to contribute to our community’s well-being, while staying safe.

Donating (for info about volunteering, scroll down) 

For those able to provide financial contributions, here are some of the activities serving our community:

Square Meals

The Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) launched Square Meals to provide meals for emergency and critical care hospital workers while supporting our local restaurants at the same time. To date, local restaurants have provided 300 healthy, high-quality meals to healthcare workers at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Meals and snacks have been provided by 4 local restauranteurs who receive 100% of the funds raised for their reduced-price meals. These funds help the restaurants maintain some operations and stay open during the Coronavirus crisis. CBP is working to expand this initiative to include additional restaurants and hospitals.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation,  $12 supports a meal to a healthcare worker. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and 100% of contributions support the participating restaurants. Donate here! 

Donate To Emergency Food Resources

The Maryland Food Bank’s Back Up Boxes, 30-lb. boxes of “shelf-stable” foods, are available to households in need:

The Franciscan Center (follow their Facebook page for updates) is a full-service support center for people in crisis. The Center offers a wide array of services including meals, access to health and mental health services, clothing and other essential supports:

Manna House is continuing to serve a hearty breakfast and to offer an array of support services to people in need.

Sites for Restaurants to Donate Food

Donate Masks, Gowns, and Face Shields

Open Works is working with several Baltimore-area hospitals, Innovation Works, We the Builders, people across Maryland with 3-D printing capacity to make protective shields for healthcare workers:

 https://www.openworksbmore.org/support-us/

Protective resources such as masks and other personal protective equipment such as gloves and gowns, as well as volunteer donations can also be sent through the State of Maryland system to be vetted,  organized, and conveyed to Maryland hospitals. Afterward, the Maryland Department of General Services will send out an invitation/application to become an emergency supplier:

Donate Hygiene and Cleaning Products
Youth Empowered Society (Y.E.S.)
serves youth experiencing homelessness and has compiled a wish list of items it provides to the young people the group serves.

Donate To General Relief Funds

Donate Blood 

 Johns Hopkins Bayview Blood Drive at Asthma & Allergy Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle

April 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2020

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 Email reyring1@jhmi.edu or call 410-550-0289 to schedule a life-saving donation.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Blood Drive at Turner Concourse, 720 Rutland Ave

April 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.; April24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;  May 6, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767).
You can also self-schedule at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: JOHNSHOPKINSMEDICAL
Contact Tria Tucker if you have questions at ttucke11@jhmi.edu

Organizing 

CBP is adjusting our Year 2 CRAYON Fund (Cool Resources Accessible for Youth Opportunities in Neighborhoods Fund) to match the need and urgency of the current times. We are reprogramming the CRAYON Fund to support COVID-19 community organizing and resource delivery on a grassroots level in six CBP neighborhoods (Barclay, Charles North, Greenmount West, Harwood, Old Goucher, and Remington). Grants are up to $500.

Please visit our website https://www.centralbaltimore.org/crayon-fund/ or contact Aaron Kaufman via email at akaufman@centralbaltimore.org for an application to apply for funding. Funds can support expenses incurred after March 11 or can be for upcoming expenses related to community organizing and/or resource delivery to community residents.

Once the Stay at Home order issued by Gov. Hogan and the State of Maryland is no longer in effect, here are some ways to volunteer your time:

The City of Baltimore is establishing procedures for how volunteers can safely help their community. Those who are at higher risk (older adults and those with chronic health conditions) should not volunteer. We encourage those interested in volunteering to either work with their local neighborhood quarantine teams (or create one using the model below) or register through one of the following organizations and entities (all of the below are linked to websites):

Assemble PPE

Johns Hopkins is looking for volunteers to help assemble Personal Protective Equipment PPE/Face Masks at a warehouse in SE Baltimore.

If you are a local organization assisting the Baltimore community during this time and are seeking in-kind services or volunteers, consider making a request through United Way to be matched to those who can fulfill your needs or connect with Business Volunteers of Maryland for nonprofit partners looking to post their immediate direct service and skilled volunteering needs.

Find an organization/Get info about  local efforts/Connect with a community leader in your neighborhood
Contact Aaron Kaufman, CBP, 203.644.7862 (cell), akaufman@centralbaltimore.org

Thank you again for your generosity and interest in helping the Baltimore Community during this very difficult time.