COVID-19
Response

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How We Are Serving the Community

Check out just some of what the Adult Learning Center, The Club at Collington Square, the 29th Street Community Center, Community Schools, and our neighborhoods program have achieved in April 2020.

Adult Learning Center

  • Completed over 60 tutor hours by 18 tutor pairs
  • Provided 81 Adult Basic Education studentsover 370 hours of class instruction each week
  • Provided 66 English Language Acquisition students a 300 hours of class instruction each week
  • Instructed and provided support to 30 different classes taught by 21 teachers Utilized effective distance learning techniques for students without access to the Internet

The Club at Collington Square

  • Distributed 1,500 hot, grab-and-go meals; 100 bags of food; 100 fresh chickens for Easter; and 100 bags of toiletries
  • Prepared over 100 education packets per grade for Colington Square Elementary/Middle School students
  • Provided Wifi, Chromebooks, and socially distant assistance to over 48Club Scholars per week
  • Classroom Coaches spend an hour weekly with each Scholar on Instagram Live to give emotional support
  • Staff check in with parents and caregivers weekly to provide additional resources

29th Street Community Center

  • Completed over 150 wellness check-in calls and texts to Center families
  • Provided over 60 check-in and tutoring sessions with Center students, equivalent to 20 hours of one-on-one support
  • Provided 21 hours of professional development tothree Center youth staff
  • Conducted one-call support and resource sharingon the topics of parenting, food security, wellness, and health

Community Schools

  • Communicated to families daily via text, phone and email
  • Transferred 50 meals worth of food and additional supplies from resource pantries to meal sites
  • Prepared 330 student-based homework packets weekly and assisted with laptop distribution
  • Providing parents with employment and eviction assistance
  • Organized volunteers to read and record storybook sessions for students

Neighborhood Programs

  • Held virtual Civic Engagement Week, April 6–11, an alternative to the postponed Neighborhood Institute
  • Coordinated and distributed content from Baltimore Votes, No Boundaries Coalition, the Census Complete Count Committee, Black Girls Vote, the U.S. Census Bureau, Eutaw Place Play Days, and the founder of the Baltimore City Voters Facebook group
  • Culminated in a live mini-institute with 6 presentation from civic engagement partners, receiving 534 views

Fiscal Sponsorship Services

Beyond direct programming, Strong City’s fiscal sponsorship program has worked to pivot support to our fiscally sponsored projects to focus on assisting them through programming and funding interruptions. While some projects are currently paused in their work, many have evolved to focus on COVID-19 response efforts.

  • 31% of projects in our portfolio have slowed down or paused their work until pandemic restrictions are lifted
  • 35% are stable in their fundraising and continuing their work
  • 25% are increasing their activity to focus on addressing the COVID-19 impact on the populations they serve
  • Most projects are stepping up their work to address the education, food access, advocacy, mental health and housing security needs

In response, Strong City has:

  • Hosted four Virtual Town Halls to address concerns, provide updates, and stabilize communication with fiscally sponsored projects. Virtual Town Halls will continue monthly
  • Convened education- and youth-focused projects to share sector-specific challenges and advice for continuing programming and fundraising.
  • Executed bi-monthly surveys to track our service performance and the needs of projects
  • Advocated to funders and provided resources to projects to advocate for the reallocation of funds to focus on COVID-19 response needs
  • Organized COVID-19 specific digital resources, workshops, tools, and funding opportunities into special sections in the online Toolbox
  • Hosted monthly COVID-19 Fundraising workshops to prepare projects to apply for COVID-19 specific grants

Operations

Strong City Baltimore is operating through COVID-19. Our main offices at the Hoen Lithograph Building are closed to the public. We are following the guidance of the Baltimore City Health Department in terms of when to reopen our offices and other facilities. When restrictions are lifted, we will carefully consider the needs and health of our staff before we reopen the offices.

Programs and Other Locations:

The 29th Street Community Center – Closed for all programs, events, and activities until Baltimore City Public Schools reopen. The 29SCC will continue to follow the mandates of state government for public schools. Providing virtual and distance support to students and families.

The Club at Collington Square –  The Club is focusing on providing essential services to scholars and their families. Scholars are receiving virtual tutoring, distanced access to internet and laptops, and food distribution. The Club is not holding class until Baltimore City Public Schools reopen.

Adult Learning Center – All classes have transitioned to a distance learning format through the end of the spring semester, June 12, 2020. In-person testing is occurring as needed.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

You can help us continue to  support our communities and leaders. Donate to Strong City Baltimore’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. All donations to this fund will go directly to support the COVID-19 response efforts of Strong City programs and fiscally sponsored projects.