Made in Baltimore

2019 Week 5: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

BARAE HIRSCH | UNITED WORKERS As part of United Workers’ organizing, we frequently walk through neighborhoods knocking on doors and talking to residents about their neighborhoods — what they like, what they’re concerned about, changes they’ve seen over the years. We ask them if they feel their housing is affordable,…
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2019 Week 4: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JACOB TOOK | MADE IN BALTIMORE In my goal sheet, I identified a handful of personal goals to focus on this summer — build connections with Baltimore community members, gauge community perception of Hopkins, and understanding how nonprofits both uphold and subvert destructive capitalism. I did write this before starting…
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Week 3: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JANAYA BROWN | FRANCISCAN CENTER My week began slightly discouraging, but by the end I was reminded why I want to keep doing this work. Tensions run high in the nonprofit world, the workload is high, the staff is low, and the rewards are variable. This is the first week…
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2019 Week 1: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

TURQUOISE BAKER | WAVERLY MAIN STREET Having completed my first week of work at Waverly Main Street (WMS), I can safely say that my “first week butterflies” have dissipated. I now have a slight morning routine: I walk for about 15 minutes to the office turn on the lights and…
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2019 Orientation: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JANAYA BROWN | FRANCISCAN CENTER This has been one of the most memorable weeks that I have had during my college experience. Despite the challenges, I have gained a better understanding of what I hope to glean from this summer both personally and interpersonally. After peer mentor orientation, my nerves…
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2018 Week 6: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE Last week, my faith in the progress we’d made on the Reservoir Hill Public Art Project was faltering. Only one neighbor showed up to our meeting on Monday, and our tabling efforts at the Druid Hill Farmer’s Market weren’t very successful. Very few people came by…
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2018 Week 5: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE This summer, Bikemore has been organizing biweekly Monday evening meetings to invite members of the community to brainstorm about a public art project that will be implemented in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Our first meeting in June had great turnout, but we’ve been struggling ever since…
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2018 Week 4: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE On Tuesday, I found myself at City Hall witnessing an investigative hearing on the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). As I walked into the Council Chamber, my mind wandered back to the hearing I’d attended just a few weeks before. At that time, the committee was…
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2018 Week 3: Food Access and The Environment

AMANDA DONOGHUE | BIKEMORE When I called home this week to tell my parents about my internship at Bikemore, my mom’s reaction honestly summed up my experience. “You? Rode a bike? Around a city? Are you serious?” she questioned sounding surprised, impressed, and speechless all at once. Her confusion, admittedly,…
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