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Under Armour Donates Fancy Gyms to Baltimore’s Firehouses

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 9:15am


Not long ago, the Baltimore Fire Department was so cash-strapped that they considered selling ad space on the sides of their fire trucks. Clearly, there was no extra money in the budget for fancy gym equipment–even though staying in shape is a crucial part of a firefighter’s job. Luckily, some of our favorite local do-gooders decided to adopt this problem as their own, resulting in new, state-of-the-art gym equipment in the city’s three busiest fire houses.

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Giving, Shop Local

Have You Visited Shop-a-Paw Looza Yet?

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 10, 2014 2:45pm

SPCA auction


Join the 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer, September 21

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 12:37pm


Giving, Lifeline

‘They Laughed When I Tried to Swim': Pushing Past Her Comfort Zone to Raise Money for Swim Across America

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 3:56pm

This weekend marks the fourth year of Swim Across America, the charity swimming event that has raised over $1.3 million for cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Read below the story of Misti Burmeister, a brave soul who was inspired to become a better swimmer so that she could participate and join the cause.  Visit the SAA website to learn more about the organization and find out how you can sponsor a swimmer for  the Meadowbrook pool swim on Saturday, September 20 or the open water swim in the Magothy River on Sunday, September 21. Good luck, swimmers! The Eds.


by Misti Burmeister

Has anyone ever laughed at you when you’ve tried something new?

When I got her text message at 9:30 a.m., I laughed, as I remembered feeling as though I might drown just fifteen years before.

Wanting to be the cool kid at nineteen, I went to get my lifeguard certification. As with most sports, I thought I could simply muscle my way through it.

I didn’t bother to learn how to swim, nor did I practice. When the woman in charge of the certifications blew her whistle, instructing me to get out of the pool, I knew I was done.

 “You look like you need to be saved,” she said.

I did!

 So, when my friend Janice Bonner sent me that text message, encouraging me to do Swim Across America (SAA), my immediate response was, “I don’t know how to swim.”

“Swimming might help your hip, you get training as a part of the deal, and you get to contribute to a worthy cause,” Janice said.

Later that day, I got online to check them out. As I was going to sign up, I noticed that I could not sign up without committing to raising $500.

First, I tried to make my way around that commitment on their website, but it didn’t work. I had to either make the commitment, or forget the whole thing.

Before I could think too long, I pushed the “enter” button and made my promise.

By my third training session, I had two opposing emotions hit me at the same time: excitement and guilt.

I had learned enough to swim 100 meters without stopping, but I hadn’t asked for any donations yet. Yuck!

When I got out of the pool that day, I headed straight for my computer. I wrote an email about this challenge, and asked a dozen or so of my friends, clients, and colleagues to contribute.

While I was prepared for my mom to throw a few bucks in the hat, I wasn’t ready for the result: $500 in 48 hours.


Misti Burmeister

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Communities Band Together in Support of Reusable Bag Bill

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 3:00pm


Citywide cleanup effort and reusable bag distribution offer look to future of litter-free Baltimore

Blue Water Baltimore, the Waterfront Partnership, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Trash Free Maryland, Clean Water Action and  volunteers will join forces in a citywide cleanup effort and to hand out reusable bags to show their support of the Baltimore City Reusable Bag Bill (Bill 14-0372). Plastic bags make up a significant percentage of the litter found in city streets, parks and waterways. By coming together to pick up disposable bags and other trash from area parks and to distribute free reusable bags so that we find fewer littered disposable bags in the future, the group hopes to show how much they care about making their communities clean while supporting this bill that will help ensure they stay that way.

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Giving, Lifeline

Are You A Lawyer? O’Malley Has a Job for You…

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 11:31am

Gov. Martin O’Malley_6_0

Maryland is currently housing more unaccompanied migrant children per capita than any other state. Those kids all need to go through immigration proceedings, and most of them don’t have access to lawyers. And if you’re a lawyer in Maryland, Martin O’Malley wants you get involved.

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Here’s What You Should Do Instead of Arguing About Ray Rice

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 9:20am


After months of controversy following TMZ’s release of a video showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator, things got even more intense yesterday: TMZ released further footage showing the roundhouse punch Rice delivered. An internet storm of bad publicity ensued. By the end of the day, Rice’s contract with the Ravens had been terminated. Reactions have included mockery, glee, and anger.

But is there a way to channel all the chatter into something that might actually make the world a better place? I’m glad you asked!

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Giving, Health and Fitness

Hopkins ALS Research Center Benefits from Ice Bucket Challenge

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 10:22am

Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge

Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge has turned into a fundraiser’s dream. Everyone from George W. Bush to the Baltimore Ravens has dumped a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And while some were initially skeptical that the stunt would actually translate into increased donations, the viral power of the ice bucket challenge seems to be working–as of today, the national ALS association has received $53.3 million in donations, way more than the $2.2 million in garnered last year.

But the national ALS group isn’t the only one benefitting from ALS’s moment in the spotlight–the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins has also seen its August donations go up 800 percent (!!) compared to last year.

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Giving, Lifeline

House of Ruth Maryland in Need of Basic School Supplies

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:00am


The Power and Control Wheel/ Image via House of Ruth Maryland/ See description below


House of Ruth Maryland, an intimate partner violence center for battered women and children, is partnering up with the children’s’ clothing store, Wee Chic to supply children living at House of Ruth with school supplies.

Friday, August 8-Monday, August 11


School supplies will be collected in-store during regular business hours. In gratitude for donations, Wee Chic shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on items from Tea Collection’s fall line of children’s clothing. Read More →

Giving, Hampden

Flash Needs a Friend – Maryland SPCA Pet of the Week

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 3:00pm

Photo via Maryland SPCA

Photo via Maryland SPCA

Flash, 10 months old, 11 lbs., neutered male, Chihuahua/Dachshund

Hi hi hi! I’m a young and very energetic fella who’s looking for an active house hold to join. I love to keep busy and I tend to get bored easily so please keep me entertained. Oh…I haven’t been to obedience yet so please consider taking me soon. You can visit me at the Maryland SPCA adoption center and take me home today.

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