A Different Education

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The Maryland School for the Blind and Maryland School for the Deaf both provide opportunities for those interested in donating their time, energy or financial assistance to worthy causes. Located in Nottingham, touching (physically and metaphorically) both Baltimore County and Baltimore City, MSB is “one of the best schools for the blind in the country,”… Read More

Bmore Gives More

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The first year that The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore took part in #GivingTuesday, the organization raised more than $1 million, gaining notoriety as the most charitable nonprofit in the United States to take part in the event. The second year that #GivingTuesday was celebrated, The Associated joined forces with other local nonprofits to… Read More

Repairing the World Through Synagogues

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In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, local synagogues offer a variety of programs and initiatives so that Jewish individuals and families can give back to their communities and participate in mitzvot. From mitzvah projects to cleanup efforts to feeding needy families, congregations offer members a number of ways to give back. Chizuk… Read More

Doing the People’s Work

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It’s the most wonderful time of year for nonprofits. After all, with Thanksgiving and Chanukah fast approaching, people are in the spirit of giving. Although the holiday season has its advantages for giving, many local nonprofits fight year-round to address the community’s growing needs. No matter how high the bar is set for these charities,… Read More

Out for a Run

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The JCC of Greater Baltimore and Hadassah Greater Baltimore have cooked up a recipe for a truly tasty community outreach event that will get Baltimore’s heart pumping in more ways than one. The partnering organizations’ 1st Annual Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K will offer an opportunity to participants interested in helping two important causes as well… Read More

Flashback Amy Pollokoff

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Amy Pollokoff, 55, vice president at the Fedder Corporation, grew up in Pikesville and was exposed to philanthropy from a young age, thanks to her parents, Ellen and Joel Fedder. They both constantly attended meetings because of their involvement in what is today known as The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Her father was… Read More

One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Social Enterprise Hungry Harvest uses recovered produce to feed customers, those in need

From left: Jon Heiber, chief strategy officer Mark Leybengrub, Emily Quade, co-founder and CEO Evan Lutz and Angela Parreco of Hungry Harvest are pictured at a free 
farmers market, where residents of low-income neighborhoods can take home as 
much produce as they want.

When Evan Lutz was a business major at the University of Maryland, College Park, something just didn’t add up to him. While focusing on the issue of food justice, he learned that a third of the fresh water used in the United States is used on produce that ultimately goes to waste; that one in… Read More

Weekend Backpacks Give Lifeline to Hungry Kids Since March, Sandie Nagel has been sending backpacks full of food home with needy students in the city

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Monfred with Weekend Backpacks founder Sandie Nagel, at Chimes, where employees and volunteers pack bags of food for needy Baltimore City students 
to take home for the weekend.

On a recent Thursday morning at the Chimes facility in Milford Mill, a group of volunteers and employees were hard at work packing backpacks full of apples, milk, juice, jelly and canned food. While others in the same room were putting together boxes and loading them with beer from a local brewery to be enjoyed… Read More

Giving Back Jewish businesses in Baltimore have a history of philanthropic action

Eight local Jewish businesses will join The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1. The concept of a day of giving started three years ago in New York’s 92nd Street Y.

As the holiday season approaches, several Jewish business owners in Baltimore have made it a point to become involved in a cause they are passionate about through philanthropy. Stanley Drebin, owner of Goldberg’s Bagels in Pikesville, said since he opened his store almost 18 years ago he has donated to hundreds of charities, giving to… Read More