Giving, Lifeline, Money & Power

Piper Kerman, Bill Keller to Speak at Big Change Baltimore, Oct. 27

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 3:20pm


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 →

Cross Keys, Giving, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Suited to Succeed Week! Donate and Save at Chezelle in the Village of Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 11:00am


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   |   MondaySaturday: 10–6   Sunday: 12–4

Giving, Shop Local

Shop-a-Paw-Looza Update: 300 Items to Bid On, $20K Raised

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 4:05pm

SPCA auction

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 Read More →

Featured, Giving, Health and Fitness

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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Featured, Giving, Lifeline

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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