Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Orchards and Food Forests” by Ben Howard

If you are looking for a new and creative use for vacant space in your neighborhood, “Orchards and Food Forests: the Whats, Hows, and Whys” led by Ben Howard will be perfect for you. To participate for this workshop, and many others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Ben Howard of the Baltimore Orchard Project

Ben Howard of the Baltimore Orchard Project

When neighborhoods think about starting a garden on a piece of local land, they normally consider a community garden, where residents grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers for individual or communal harvest. This model of urban gardening works great, but a new idea is popping up all across America: urban orchards. Gardeners in urban orchards plant trees that grow fruits to be distributed to neighbors in need throughout a community. Fruit trees create a new dynamic from traditional gardens, providing spaces where neighbors can meet, rest, and seek refuge from the rush of the day. They bring pleasant blossoms and aromas in the spring, shade and comfort in the summer and food and fun in the fall.

In this workshop, Ben Howard from the Baltimore Orchard Project will discuss the advantages of urban orchards and how they can be incorporated alongside annual food gardens. He will also give expert knowledge on how to plan and plant an orchard in your community.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Beautify Your Block” with Kari Snyder

If you and your neighbors are looking to improve your block, ‘Beautify Your Block’ by Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will give you some creative ideas for a new project! Register for this workshop, and many more, here.

Have you always imagined making improvements on your block? Maybe you would like to see more trees or planters on the street to enhance the physical beauty of your block. Maybe you would like to see everyone on your block get new porch lights to improve your neighborhood’s safety and walkability. Whatever your idea might be, block projects are a simple way to improve the physical appeal of your block and create a more unified appearance, all while building a stronger community.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Block projects might seem like a straightforward way to make physical improvements to your neighborhood, but they also represent a mechanism for bringing together neighbors and beginning to explore complicated community issues. In the workshop, Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will share some successful project implemented in the Highlandtown and Patterson Park neighborhoods. The presentation will explore the successes and challenges of these projects and resources that you can use for projects in your community. Kari will share what types of block projects have worked in the past, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to find funding for your project.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Know and Grow Your Volunteers” by Elisha Hawk, Jaclyn Range, and Annie Kaplan

Are you struggling to attract attendees to your general meetings? Is it difficult to get participants to volunteer for your organization’s events? If so, “Know and Grow Your Volunteers” will be a great professional development opportunity for a member of your non-profit. You can register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

For many emerging non-profits and local community associations, creating an active and engaged membership base is a constant challenge. While it might be easy to get members to join your organization, getting them to volunteer and invest in organizational activities can be more difficult. If you are looking to grow your non-profit’s volunteer base, this inspiring and interactive workshop is for you.

This workshop will be led by Elisha Hawk of the Yost Legal Group. Elisha is a Board Member for two local non-profit organizations, the Maryland Association for Justice and Back on My Feet Baltimore. Using these two case studies, Elisha will share tips for how to empower your members to feel more like citizens and take a more active role in your organization. Small steps to help participants feel more connected to an event can lead to a large increase in volunteering members. Elisha will be joined in her workshop by Jackie Range, Executive Director of Back on my Feet, and Annie Kaplan from Fay Kaplan Law.

Elisha Hawk (center)(photo courtesy of Maryland Association for Justice)

Elisha Hawk with Back on My Feet Baltimore volunteers. (Photo courtesy of the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.)

 

GHCC’s 2015 Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Barclay is on the Move!

With the support and dedication of Lottie Sneed, GHCC’s Barclay Community Builder, residents in the Barclay neighborhood continue to make strides in building and stronger, and more beautiful, community.

Barclay residents receive a Spruce Up grant on May 9th

Barclay residents with GHCC’s Lottie Sneed receive a Spruce Up grant on May 9th

The Bold, Beautiful, and Brilliant Barclay team was awarded a $21,000 Spruce Up Grant for beautification and greening of the Barclay neighborhood.  The team, composed of old and new residents, worked diligently to propose a vision that would send a message of community pride to neighborhood visitors. You may recall from our past post Barclay Green Efforts in Full Gear that community residents had already begun working on  flower gardens and greening spaces at 20th and Guilford as well as 24th and Barclay Streets. These new funds will help residents complete these projects as well as support the implementation of  trees and tree wells will be and the completion of an orchard.  Moreover, boarded up properties will receive paint and art design and there will be community outreach and support to reduce trash on the streets with strategically placed trash cans.  We will have a busy summer – come out and join us.


Margaret Brent Music Program

MBmusicMarion Jackson, Charles Village resident, and grandmother to Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School 4th grader Maliyah Jackson, was ecstatic when she received news that the instrumental music club was launching its spring session.  For her, it meant a dream deferred could finally come true.

Mrs. Jackson had long hoped that her granddaughter would develop a love for either the violin or guitar.  In fact, Mrs. Jackson remembers smiling as she watched a four-year old Maliyah point with enthusiasm towards a picture of a violin that she had hung at home as a means of subtle inspiration.

When the announcement of the spring after school clubs came home, Mrs. Jackson asked Maliyah what interested her.  When Maliyah said that she wanted to play violin in the school orchestra, Mrs. Jackson said she “was struck so deeply” because she had held onto that dream so long.  “I am happy, proud, ecstatic and all of the other joyous words you can think of”.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation partners with John Hopkins MBgroupUniversity to offer a suite of high-quality after school programming at Margaret Brent.  Hopkins students, such as Lily Liu and Timothy Huang pictured above with Maliyah and her grandmother, share their passions with Margaret Brent students through clubs such as: Girl Scouts, Ballet, Sports, Instrumental music.

If you have a special interest, skill or hobby that you would like to share with students, please contact Community School Site Coordinator, Sharicca Boldon, at sboldon@strongcitybaltimore.org.  We’d love to connect you with students that you can help become young engineers, artists, scientists and business owners  with an investment of just a few hours of your time each week.