A historic preservation group bestowed “National Treasure” status on Annapolis today, but they didn’t have Nicolas Cage or tourism dollars in mind. Instead, they’re aiming to keep the jewel from disappearing underwater. Read More →
Following the success of Big Change Baltimore 2013, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore is reconvening business, philanthropic and political leaders to discuss how to improve the city at Big Change 2014 on October 27 from 3:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street. Speakers this year include Piper Kerman, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and several other extraordinary thinkers, researchers and visionaries. Guests will learn about progress in Baltimore’s communities, share stimulating conversation and ideas, search for answers to stubborn city problems and help chart the course for a promising future for all who live and work in Baltimore. Read More →
Help other women get off welfare and back into the workforce!
Your clothing donation makes a difference.
Suited to Succeed Week
October 23 – November 1
*Selected designers excluded. Excludes prior sales, layaways and special orders.
Suited to Succeed is a non-profit organization designed to help low-income
women make a successful tailored transition back into the workforce.
Donation must be presented for discount.
STORE HOURS | Monday–Saturday: 10–6 Sunday: 12–4
The Maryland SPCA has close to 300 items to bid on now (more being added every day)! So far the organization has almost $20,000 in bids which is half of its $40,000 fundraising goal.
Each day the MDSPCA features one Item of the Day on its Facebook page (check it out here) as well as general auction posts. One item available for bid: A One of a Kind Ravens Weekend Experience for Two that includes (Saturday, November 8), practice at Ravens facility (Owings Mills); dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse; overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, and (on Sunday, November 9), pre-game passes; tickets to the Ravens game vs. Tennessee Titans (near 50-yard line). Cheer on the Ravens, experience a weekend you’ll never forget, and help homeless pets at the MD SPCA, by placing your bid at https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/item.action?id=223498357. Read More →
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.
‘They Laughed When I Tried to Swim': Pushing Past Her Comfort Zone to Raise Money for Swim Across America
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.
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.
Relief! Read More →
Citywide cleanup effort and reusable bag distribution offer look to future of litter-free Baltimore
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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