One-of-a-kind event bringing help, hope and momentum to hundreds
Melinda Jones beamed as her hair was lathered up with shampoo and cut for the first time in a long time. Nearby, her 17 year-old sister Karen was being examined by an optometrist and received her first pair of glasses. And around the corner, their mom Christina was obtaining copies of birth certificates for her children, a state photo ID for herself, and an updated resume on a new flash drive.
If you’re not homeless or about to be, chances are you’ve never heard of Baltimore’s Project Homeless Connect, made possible in part by United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM). The one-of-a-kind event makes it easy for members of our homeless community to navigate a network of services by making everything available -- all in one place at one time. Most services are provided on the spot, ranging from health screenings, dental treatments and housing assistance, to personal hygiene and food.
You may now miss the opportunity to tour the White House or see the Navy's Blue Angels perform their aerial acrobatics -- thank sequestration. If you find yourself waiting in longer security snake lines at the airport, thank sequestration.
Inconveniences and delays are bad enough, but the recently imposed across-the-board five percent federal budget cuts are starting to have much deeper, and perhaps lasting effects. What happens to the health of our nation’s food supply and our food exports when USDA inspectors are furloughed? Sequestration will affect much of the federal civilian workforce and will hit Marylanders and our economy especially hard.
A Few Minutes with Mark, February 2013
It’s been nothing short of thrilling to see our community come together with such spirit around our hometown team, the Baltimore Ravens. Their teamwork and commitment to excellence doesn’t end on the field – we are fortunate to have the support of two special players in our work here at United Way.
Anquan Boldin dedicates much of his time advocating and volunteering in the community, and helps cultivate young leaders as Emerging Leaders United’s honorary chair. Our Emerging Leaders United group is composed of more than 600 young professionals 40 and under who are committed to improving lives in central Maryland.
Vonta Leach, a tremendous advocate of our READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. initiative, helps recruit volunteer readers to make a difference in the lives of local youth. At a time when more than half of third-graders in Maryland can’t read proficiently, Vonta is lending his support to this important program.
We are so thankful to have the Ravens as partners and we congratulate them on a well-deserved Super Bowl win!