The COVID-19 outbreak has caused considerable hardship to all within our community, particularly touching vulnerable populations. Continue to review the COVID-19 information and resources for JHU. If you are in need or can provide assistance, visit the Community Support page.
Additional opportunities and resources are listed below.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank’s statewide network of nearly 350 partners are doing everything they can to stay open through this crisis. Please use the Find Food map to find open partners in your community. Click here and enter your zip code at the top of the map.
The Maryland Food Bank is working to address this public health and food security crisis amidst COVID-19. During this time, they desperately need help packing “Back Up Boxes” containing 30 pounds of shelf-stable, nutritious foods. If you’re able, please consider volunteering.
Reading Partners Baltimore
The Baltimore Public School System is posting regular COVID-19 related updates here.
Keswick Multi-Care Center
Keswick would LOVE to receive letters, drawings, pictures of all kinds that they can share with their residents in the nursing home and their medical rehab. Since visitors – family and friends – aren’t able to visit now, they know that they would enjoy “hearing” from you!
Mail your letters, drawings, pictures to “Keswick Residents” c/o Maria Darby, Executive Vice President, Keswick, 700 W. 40th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211.
Throughout the coming weeks, they will be identifying additional long-term basic needs and connecting their students and volunteers with critical resources. As a first step, Thread has started weekly Resource Lunch and Learns to connect people with needed resources for food, housing, insurance, government assistance and COVID-19 specific relief services. Their goal is to make sure everyone has access to current information and knows how to get the support they need.
How You Can Help
There are multiple ways that you can support THREAD from the comfort of your home:
- Donate your internet-enabled devices. THREAD is collecting phones, tablets, and computers to distribute to Thread young people who lack digital access. Please complete this short form and we will be in touch with next steps.
- Provide pro bono accounting support. Many in Thread will need help filing taxes in order to access COVID-19 government support services. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will follow up.
- Volunteer! Even in a time of social distancing, there are many ways you, a friend, a family member, or colleague can volunteer with Thread and support a young person. Click here to start the process. For now, all of our volunteering is virtual!
United Way of Central Maryland
United Way of Central Maryland is accepting donations to their COVID-19 fund here. Your donation will go towards helping people cover basic expenses such as rent, food, bills, and healthcare.
If you would like to volunteer your time, United Way has provided region specific guides on how you can help.
Be sure to check your county’s regulations about contact with others before signing up.
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National Aquarium Internships
The National Aquarium is looking for college students to serve as interns for the Fall 2020 semester. Topics include anything from Animal Care to Government Affairs to Field Conservation! The Aquarium does its best to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills.
Other Ways to Help
Carey Business students stand by local businesses affected by COVID-19. They created a new website that helps Baltimore’s small businesses survive the economic downturn caused by this pandemic. Read the HUB article to learn more.
Baltimore Community ToolBank
The ToolBank is reaching out to Baltimore’s networks of health professionals & first responders to let them know that tables, chairs & other equipment are available to loan from them for free. The ToolBank has heard that some first responders are using pop-up testing sites & issuing food & supplies to families practicing self-isolation. If any organization doing this work needs the ToolBank’s equipment, contact the ToolBank at (410) 244-5565 to arrange details.
If you would like to support the ToolBank in any amount in this time of crisis, please utilize one of the below online giving options (Facebook – no fees to ToolBank; Mighty Cause – minor fee to ToolBank or you can choose to offset). Donations in any amount will support their work to stay poised to respond to the needs of our partners.
Community Partner Resource List
As the virus continues to spread over the next several days and weeks, Johns Hopkins intends to mobilize and harness our expertise, capabilities, and resources to provide support and relief to those in need in our community. To help facilitate a collective and impactful response, we encourage you to review and share the Community Support page that contains links and information to ensure that we can provide help to some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. The CSC’s community partners have also shared their resources below and additional resources can be viewed on the Community Support page.
(list last updated 03/21/2020 at 4:36 PM)
Accessing Food During School Closure: The closest place to 901 Arts for youth 18 and under to grab a free snack to go from 2-5pm and a free dinner to go from 5-7pm Monday-Friday during the school closure is the Coldstream Rec Center located at 1401 Fillmore St, Baltimore, MD 21218. Unfortunately none of the 10 school sites serving grab and go breakfast and lunches (10am-2pm) are near 901 Arts. The closest one is almost 3 miles away by car 🙁 at Dunbar Highschool. Also, parents are not allowed to grab the meals or snacks for their children. The child must be present. BCPS is working to open additional sites starting next week. Updates will be posted here.
The Be. Organization
As you embark on a journey to begin homeschooling your children during this quarantine, The Be. Organization has pulled together some of their favorite resources to help fill your child’s academic schedule.
LOCAL DISTRICT DISTANT E-LEARNING PACKETS
The state of Maryland will be providing 3 meals and 1 snack, per day. Find the closest meal site near you, by clicking here.
Central Baltimore Partnership
CBP Partners and staff have assembled this compilation of resources–from neighborhood volunteers to federal websites–to make it easy to access by all members of our community. Click here to download it.
Impact Hub Baltimore
New resources have been announced by the State of Maryland. There’s been an uptick in outreach to the small businesses, artists, and industries most impacted by this period of tremendous disruption.
Baltimore Community Foundation has created an Evolving Community Needs Fund to address immediate and long-term community needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kiva Loan Program (Kiva, Baltimore Corps)- Baltimore Corps Kiva Program is providing crowdfunded, interest-free business loans up to $15,000 and terms up to 36 months. Please contact Kaetlyn Bernal at email@example.com for more information and/or see below! Learn More Here
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – Provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Learn more here.
COVID-19 Business Survival Guide (Maryland Small Business Development Center)
COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field (Common Field)
Safety planning while in quarantine:
See the attached NCCADV resource sheet as an example that has good shared language, though is for state of NC.
For state of MD however, see:
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Directory of Orgs (sortable by type including campus based, faith based, LGBTQIA+ focused, etc.). Includes resources for intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and harassment.
Local (Baltimore/ MD) resources):
House of Ruth (including hotline) | TurnAround Inc. (including hotline and focused on survivors of IPV, SV, and trafficking). | Maryland Coalition against Sexual Assault (MCASA) | Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA)
As the City of Baltimore continues to respond to COVID-19 under the leadership of Mayor Young, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) is working to ensure that critical information is available in multiple languages. For multilingual up-to-date information regarding the city’s response, follow them on Facebook. In addition, MIMA has been working closely with the Health Department to develop a central location for translated resources which can be accessed through the COVID-19 main website. Information will also be uploaded to MIMA’s website at mima.baltimorecity.gov/coronavirus. Lastly, MIMA will be providing multilingual weekly updates with information regarding services and resources impacted by COVID-19. Please see links below to read our first weekly report:
- To download the English update, click here.
- To download the Spanish update, click here.
- Additional languages will be added to MIMA’s website soon!
During the response period to COVID-19, MIMA will be providing weekly updates and information related to public services and resources available for communities via the following outlets:
- MIMA’s Facebook
- MIMA’s Weekly Updates via GovDelivery (You are already on this list if you received this email!) These will also be posted to MIMA’s website.
- Video updates in Spanish every Friday: MIMA is partnering with media social influencer Pedro Palomino and Johns Hopkins Centro Sol to share weekly updates in Spanish. “Informe Semanal: COVID-19 Tu Doctor y tu Municipalidad” will air via Somos Baltimore Latino’s Facebook page every Friday.
- Weekly calls with community stakeholders: Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join the call. These calls are a great time to ask COVID-19 questions and receive real-time answers.
Strong City Baltimore
Strong City COVID-19 Emergency Service Fund: If your own safety net is secure, now would be a great time to make an emergency gift to the COVID-19 response efforts of Strong City Baltimore’s projects and programs. These grassroots leaders who have demonstrated the ability to step up for their communities need flexible funds now. 100% of revenue from this campaign will be distributed to their partners who are on the ground trying to minimize the impact of the pandemic on Baltimore’s vulnerable communities.