Building for God Community Foundation Board Members, Craig Hayward and Paul DiBari had a chance to visit with Sisters Circle, a 2018 Champion in Life Grant Award Winner. Sisters Circle provides long-term mentoring to foster meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of girls and young women in Baltimore. Craig and Paul met with Stephanie Raddy, pictured here, as well as some of the young ladies who are part of the wonderful work being done at Sisters Circle. As Craig Hayward said, “The need for our Foundation to invest in the great work being done at Sisters Circle is great…and the ultimate benefit to these young women and their community is even greater.”
When it comes to Building for God Community Foundation Partner, Safe and Sound Schools, 2018 has proven to be another successful year! In the past few months their events have reached thousands of people, delivering their unique message of safety in our schools. Some of these events include:
Ivymount School for students with special needs – site visit and consultation
Marriotts Ridge High School, Howard County – Safe and Sound Youth Council presentation and a community night
DHI Security Conference, Baltimore
Baltimore County Public Schools School Safety Conference
Federal Emergency Management Association PrepTalk, available online
School Safety webinar, hosted by Raptor Technologies
Axis School Safety Symposium
National Association of School Resource Officers
Curious about what some of what Safe and Sound Schools is sharing? They recently released the State of School Safety Report (www.safeandsoundschools.org/research) and published Parents for Safe Schools web page (www.safeandsoundschools.org/resources/parent-resources/).
If you’d like to read more about the wonderful things Safe and Sound Schools is doing for our community, you may enjoy these two great reads:
The Building for God Community Foundation is obviously very proud of the work being done by Safe and Sound Schools and looks forward to sharing more of their successes in the month ahead.
2018 Champion in Life Grant Award Recipient, Empower4Life, is hosting a fundraising yard sale on April 8th. "Sip & Shop" is being held from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at their office located at 3224 Joppa Road in Carney. More than 1,000 quality/name brand items are available for purchase in an effort to fund their educational programs. Items range from housewares, to clothing for all ages/sizes, to handbags to baby items! Stop by...Sip, Shop, and Support!
Empower4Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves to teach children to develop the skills needed to be healthy and productive in school, feel empowered to overcome challenges they face, and inspired to learn, grow and succeed the rest of their lives.
Learn more about one of our favorite community efforts and Champion in Life Partnerships - The Baltimore Caddie Academy.
If you'e a fan of SAFE Alternatives (we certainly are), you'll enjoy seeing the collection of photos they shared from their SAFE Summer Camp. The funds received from the Building for God Community Foundation went toward making this year's camp extra special...and the photos tell the story! Take a moment to enjoy a glimpse of a SAFE summer!
We were thrilled to be represented by ABC2New's Mallory Sofastaii at the year's Baltimore 10 Miler. Pictured here, Mallory's run raised $2,668 for the Foundation!
We're excited to know of Van's latest accomplishment! Here is a blurb from one of SAFE's earlier announcements...
"On this 13th anniversary of his injury, we are proud to tell you that Van has been selected to serve as Director of The Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism. It is a richly deserved honor as well as an incredible opportunity for Van to develop new skills that will allow him to serve SAFE in the years to come. While serving the Governor’s Office, he will still remain at the helm of SAFE, overseeing its continued growth. He will be joined in that effort by Deonta Sweets, who will direct day-to-day operations as SAFE’s new Assistant Director."
On Tuesday, September 12th, Van Brooks was featured on NBC News in this wonderful video about his journey to SAFE Alternatives. Congratulations, Van!
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy held its Summer Sponsor Luncheon on July 13, 2017 and we were happy to have members of our Foundation in attendance. A wonderful event that brings awareness and funding to this amazing school. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the festivities!
If you're not familiar with Amazon Smile, it's a great way to give to the Foundation. Instead of purchasing through Amazon.com, log into smile.Amazon.com. It's the same website but a percentage of your purchase dollars will be donated back to the Building for God Community Foundation! Try the link below. It's sure to make us SMILE!
2017 Champion in Life Award Recipient, Strong City Baltimore is renovating the Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore as part of a $26 million project. When complete, the 85,000-square-foot complex will become home to Strong City, It's always wonderful to see great things happen for a great organization! Read the Baltimore Sun article for more information.
2017 Champion in Life Award Recipient, Keep Punching, will host it's 2nd Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on Saturday, September 16, 2017. A great evening out, while you do your part to fight brain cancer. Visit www.keeppunching.org for more information.
2016 Champion in Life Award Recipient, Next One Up (www.nextoneup.org) recently shared some great news:
Next One Up's Summer Program will launch June 26th! The program has been fully funded by Under Armour and the Weinberg Foundation, and will serve 40 of our program members, grades 7-12. The program will also employ four of our college-aged program members as camp counselors: Tynard Barfield (Hobart), Sherrod Hawkes (Towson U), Keontay Gaines (Tulsa) and Winfield Hopkins (Goucher).
This Summer's program will feature:
- 60 hours of classroom time. Instruction will focus on combating summer learning loss; preparing students for SAT success; burnishing social/soft skills; and providing financial aid and college counseling sessions with NOU's expert college counselor, Mavis Jackson.
- 5 days of College Immersion at McDaniel College. Students will experience life on campus and a 'college-like' schedule. They will live in the dorms, eat in the cafeteria and fill their days with classes and workouts.
- 5 days of industrial apprenticeship at the Foundry in Port Covington. NOU is excited to partner with the new Foundry to provide a truly novel experience for our participants. Student will spend their final week of the summer program learning how to use industrial-grade tools and learning about various trades.
- Compensation from YouthWorks. All students will receive compensation from Baltimore City's YouthWorks Program upon successful completion of the five-week program.
We have also scheduled guest lectures by visionary leaders, athletes, and scholars. These include:
Mike McCray, Ravens Ring of Honor Member and Super Bowl Champion will discuss his athletic career and the lessons he learned along the way.
Dominique S. Moore, will speak to our student athletes about her legal career and community development work. She will also discuss the impacts of structural racism.
Eddie Penney, retired Navy SEAL and former member of SEAL Team 6 who is the Founder and CEO of The Contingent Group, will discuss his career in public service.