Highlights of community outreach in the Baltimore area.
5:50 PM CDT, June 8, 2013
Soon after a massive tornado devastated Moore, Okla., last month, a Linthicum seamstress leaped into action, formulating a plan to help the victims.
2:47 PM CDT, June 16, 2013
While most high school seniors spend their last few days planning end-of-the-year parties, reminiscing with friends or trying to fit in one last prank on the freshmen, Nicolas "Cole" Holocker is accepting the 2013 Ravens Scholarship awarded to students committed to improving their community.
3:52 PM CDT, May 26, 2013
When passersby drive through West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester community, they won't see flags symbolizing unity or notice traces of an affluent town. What they will see is a neighborhood once riddled with drug trade and prostitution, now being transformed with the help of activists like Pastor C.W. Harris.
4:08 PM CDT, May 19, 2013
Unimpressed with the elementary school in her Baltimore neighborhood, Bobbi Macdonald set out to create her own. She founded the City Neighborhoods Foundation in 2003, the year her oldest daughter started kindergarten and the state of Maryland began allowing charter schools.
2:29 PM CDT, May 12, 2013
Anna Whetstone, 23, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 17. She was a high school junior in Hershey, Pa., playing on her school's field hockey team when she got hit in the head with a ball.
9:50 AM CDT, May 5, 2013
A good deed can be as simple as giving a few coins or donating used clothing. But Gaithersburg resident Brett Meyers has taken the role of good Samaritan one step further, feeding families by turning waste into nourishment.
7:35 PM CDT, April 14, 2013
Sarah Holbrook, a senior at McDaniel College, knows first-hand the gratitude for a home-cooked meal during a family crisis. When she was 11, her 9-year-old brother died of leukemia.
4:28 PM CDT, April 21, 2013
On any given day, you might find 27-year-old Teddy Krolik in the neighborhood of Reservoir Hill operating a Bobcat tractor in a rubble-strewn vacant lot, dropping by the home of an elderly woman to see if she needs a ride to a community meeting later that day, or checking out the progress of a recently installed urban farm.
3:47 PM CDT, March 24, 2013
These days, libraries offer much more than books. Most people know they can check out videos, music, video games, books on tape and toys. But in the Harford County Public Library system, patrons can also check out educational kits, filled with games, toys, suggested activities and sometimes even costumes.
3:29 PM CDT, April 7, 2013
When the Hontz family lost their Hanover home to a fire last summer, it wasn't long before they started missing the basic necessities. First, it was a toothbrush. Then, a Band-Aid. But for Lauren Hontz, who was just 9 years old at the time, all she really wanted was a blanket to call her own.
3:28 PM CDT, March 31, 2013
Annapolis resident Mike Greenhill is one of those rare guys who, even after he turned 50, could effortlessly sprint up and down a soccer field like he did as a much younger man. Until one evening last year, the 53-year-old took this ability for granted. Now, as Greenhill prepares to return to the game after an 11-month hiatus, he's happy to be alive. For this, he thanks a young woman whom he calls "his angel."
7:20 PM CDT, March 17, 2013
The Christ Child Society of Baltimore was formed just a few months ago, but this organization, a chapter of the National Christ Child Society, has hit the ground running. Already, the group has donated books and volunteer hours at many organizations, and established a partnership with Armistead Gardens Elementary and Middle School.
4:06 PM CST, February 10, 2013
After school three days a week, Alexis Corbin, 16, a junior at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, walks the short distance to Coppin State University. There, she and 10 other students participate in the Comcast Digital Connectors Program at the Coppin Heights-Rosemont Family Computer Center on campus.
6:08 PM CDT, March 10, 2013
Two years ago, when Sade Miller was in fifth grade at Ridgely Elementary School in Denton, she decided to raise money for the hospice in Caroline County.
3:39 PM CST, February 24, 2013
"I flew a mother and two young daughters, probably 4 and 7 years old, and as we took off I heard this shrieking from the back of the plane," said Lin Caywood, a 12-year pilot.
3:19 PM CST, March 3, 2013
Bernie O'Brien is a big burly guy with a crop of red hair. But sometime after noon Sunday, he'll be sporting a shiny bald head.
3:48 PM CST, February 3, 2013
Cory McCray, whose children, ages 3 and 5, are too young to attend middle school, still spends many hours in the halls and classrooms of Northeast Middle School in Baltimore, where he volunteers.
3:28 PM CST, January 6, 2013
In a city of aging, closely built rowhouses, where officials estimate smoke detectors are sufficiently installed in only about half, knowledge of fires is prevalent, even among the youngest of residents.
4:43 PM CST, January 27, 2013
There are Ravens fans, there are passionate Ravens fans, and then there is Cindy Pierce.
3:10 PM CST, January 13, 2013
Every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., sisters Shytira and Shyrell Everett arrive at the Weinberg Family Center Y for two hours of charades, rock climbing, homework help, arts and crafts, picnics and other activities with mentors Sara Milstein and Kim Strassner.
7:29 PM CST, January 20, 2013
In its second year awarding grants, the Women's Giving Circle of Harford County gave 11 nonprofit organizations nearly $36,000 in 2012 to help women and girls in the county.
1:47 PM CST, December 31, 2012
Two decades ago, when lawyer Robert Waldman and his family moved to the Annapolis neighborhood of Homewood, there was talk of converting the old railroad right-of-way across from his house into some kind of thruway.
4:34 PM CST, December 16, 2012
This Christmas will be the first one in a long time that Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lopus will be spending at home with his wife, Mary, and their four children.
1:21 PM CST, December 10, 2012
Chad and Meredith Spence live in Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood, where the lights barely flickered during Superstorm Sandy.
11:25 AM CST, December 2, 2012
In 2006, when Eugene Semenov was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, he volunteered at the medical clinic of Baltimore Rescue Mission, which provides free medical attention to people who are homeless.
3:21 PM CST, November 25, 2012
As a volunteer with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, Sarah Kennedy, 23, works full-time for Alternative Directions, a Baltimore nonprofit that helps people who are in prison or leaving prison. She runs a program called CHIP, which mentors children of incarcerated parents, and she helms a transitional program for women coming out of prison.
5:39 PM CST, December 23, 2012
World War II veteran John Dicks, 86, has already given his country so much. And yet he finds that he wants to give more.
2:36 PM CST, November 11, 2012
When Clara Henry was 3, she fell off her bed and hit the corner of a table in her room, breaking her skull in three places. She underwent surgery and stayed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a week. Recovery took a year.
5:04 PM CDT, October 21, 2012
Not so long ago, a dilapidated house stood on the corner of Jenifer Avenue and 30th Street in Baltimore's Montebello community, a magnet for drug users and dealers. But now the house has been torn down, and a mural is planned that will fill the space "with color and joy," said Natalya Brusilovsky, the healthy neighborhoods coordinator for the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Community Corp., a nonprofit community association.
3:27 PM CDT, October 28, 2012
They may be elderly, frail and dealing with debilitating memory loss, but a lively beat, noisy maracas and an enthusiastic instructor can get them dancing.
3:08 PM CDT, October 7, 2012
Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House put out a call for help and ended up with a brigade of mattress movers.
1:44 PM CST, November 4, 2012
Angelica Fagan, 8, has a crystal-clear memory of the shoebox full of gifts she received when she lived at a Philippine orphanage with her two younger brothers.
5:39 PM CDT, September 23, 2012
A group of 11 Baltimore women who set out Sept. 19 to ride their bicycles 365 miles across Maryland in five days arrived Sunday at Fort McHenry to the cheers of more than 100 family members and friends..
2:54 PM CDT, September 30, 2012
Michelle Damareck's 3-year-old daughter has been singing "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" in Hebrew, and her 5-year-old son has been learning the lessons of the Ten Commandments, thanks to a program that delivers Jewish-themed books and CDs to their home every month, free of charge.
September 16, 2012
Monica Barlow hates being asked whether she is a former smoker. To her it doesn't matter. To the people she meets who hear she is battling Stage 4 lung cancer, it seems the only possible explanation.
2:57 PM CDT, September 9, 2012
In her senior year at the Catholic High School of Baltimore, Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski performed her first stand-up comedy routine. She wrote the jokes and found she liked delivering them to a crowd.
5:19 PM CDT, July 29, 2012
Tyler S. Gee, 16, can add several descriptives after his name, including rising junior at Hereford High School and aspiring Eagle Scout and aerospace engineer. Now he can tack on one more — riverkeeper — because of his efforts to deter the spread of an invasive algae found in the Gunpowder River.
2:35 PM CDT, September 16, 2012
His mother's death 16 years ago came as a sudden shock to Sean Hull. Even more distressing was the family's discovery that Ida Hull had suffered in silence for years with sarcoidosis, a debilitating, often fatal disease that frequently attacks the lungs.
6:43 PM CDT, September 2, 2012
Michelle and Larry Kownacki first got involved with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2005, when they became foster parents for Gentle Ben, a Jack Russell terrier who had been hoarded and neglected.
3:06 PM CDT, August 19, 2012
Why are cool-looking baby clothes so hard to find?
4:08 PM CDT, August 12, 2012
A growing media and resource company in the city is again shining a light on women who are making a difference in their communities, excelling professionally and offering their lives of service as examples for others to emulate.
3:35 PM CDT, May 26, 2012
Zach Teal is just 17, but his love for books led him to write one of his own and to volunteer more than 250 hours at the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.
1:29 PM CDT, June 9, 2012
Walt Williams isn't one to shy away from a challenge. The former NBA veteran, after all, is perhaps best known for playing under the most trying circumstances in the history of Maryland basketball.
3:38 PM CDT, April 21, 2012
A new nonprofit organization aims to turn the fruits of its labors into fresh food for the hungry.
4:39 PM CST, March 10, 2012
When Jamie Krantz was invited to join a band made up of musicians of different faiths, she was tempted to say no. She worried she wouldn't have anything in common with the other players. But she agreed to join the group as a vocalist, and she's glad she did.
1:21 PM CDT, April 7, 2012
The Alzheimer's Association's annual Memory Ball has drawn nine highly competitive dance couples, four well-known judges, including Maryland's first lady, and nearly 700 guests. But the star of the evening will likely be the ball honoree, Sylvia Mackey, a woman who has worked tirelessly for the association and its families.
2:33 PM CST, March 3, 2012
Jordan McKelvin, 14, hopes to turn her scores on golf greens into dollars to fund research and battle childhood diseases.
9:41 AM CDT, April 28, 2012
For a decade, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has been working in Baltimore schools to encourage students with the potential to become tomorrow's business leaders.
2:54 PM CDT, July 22, 2012
A job at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation comes with a truly unique annual benefit, one that turns employees into grant givers.
3:23 PM CDT, July 1, 2012
Students at the University of Maryland, College Park are planning to prepare more than 100,000 meals in a single day, to be donated to people in need. The meal packages will contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin powder.
10:35 PM CDT, March 23, 2012
A friend encouraged Shelly Abrams to volunteer at the South Baltimore Learning Center. Now, more than 21 years later, she still donates many hours a week to the nonprofit, which offers literacy and life-skills training to more than 1,000 adults each year.
4:41 PM CDT, April 14, 2012
Savannah Bass, 21, who grew up in Ruxton and graduated from Roland Park Country School in 2008, is working to curb binge drinking on college campuses and along the beach during spring break.
4:25 PM CDT, March 31, 2012
Traneika Fleet wants to become a nurse and help cancer patients. Josh Greenspan aims to be an aerospace engineer. And classical singer Yoon Jung Kim and actor Delante Desouza both dream of performing on the professional stage.
1:27 PM CST, February 25, 2012
Ten-year-old Juliana Carver loves to swim. Unfortunately, between chemotherapy treatments, medications and routine hospital visits, Juliana doesn't always have the time or energy to be in the water.
2:26 PM CST, February 11, 2012
The Mount Vernon house spent decades as one of several 19th-century millionaires' mansions. But in the last 25 years, the Patrick Allison House has found another mission.
2:10 PM CST, February 4, 2012
A woman who grew up rescuing lost critters has launched an effort to help pets and their owners survive financial crises together.
January 15, 2012
Social worker Chris Muldowney and film professor Christopher Llewellyn Reed have found a way to translate their love of movies into, among other things, groceries, fire insurance, hearing aids, a mattress, a new window, the vet bill for a beloved cat and flowers for a 100th birthday.
2:58 PM CST, January 7, 2012
The barber spent at least 20 minutes grooming his client's hair and beard. With his clippers, brush, razor and shaving cream, he skillfully tended to every detail, frequently asking the man in the chair his preferences. When the appointment was done, the men exchanged thanks and a handshake.
3:30 PM CST, February 18, 2012
McDaniel College freshman Caitlyn McSorley has never let her dyslexia get in the way of helping others. Instead, it was the catalyst for doing so.
December 4, 2011
Four years ago, Glen Burnie resident Debi Katzenberger was finding it difficult to purchase the family's new Christmas pajamas. It was a tradition she had with her own children and passed along to her grandchildren.
1:45 PM CDT, October 1, 2011
Members of a North Baltimore church congregation felt they could not hear their own voices while singing a hymn. Others complained they could not hear the choir.
2:52 PM CDT, October 22, 2011
Baltimore celebrities will take their best shot at comedy, all in the name of giving back.
4:26 PM CST, January 21, 2012
Commitment seems to come naturally to Anne Arundel County resident R. Kent Schwab.
3:50 PM CST, December 17, 2011
Even though he is Baltimore-bred, LaQuan Williams couldn't help but feel empathy for a child who has been inspired by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
1:12 PM CST, December 31, 2011
It wasn't long after Dr. James Higgins became chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital last January that he answered a call from Operation Smile, the Norfolk-based humanitarian group that provides free surgery for needy children with facial deformities.
1:48 PM CST, December 10, 2011
Sea-inspired melodies are helping efforts to give terminally ill children, disabled veterans and other special-needs groups glimpses of aquatic life at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
1:37 PM CDT, October 8, 2011
Every time Chris Seymour entered the garden shed at his home, he would stare at the sleek bike, a bequest from his older brother Robert, who died in May.
2:30 PM CDT, November 5, 2011
In an instant Russell and Kim Hurd went from planning their daughter's wedding to arranging her funeral.
4:57 PM CST, November 19, 2011
Model trains, not turkey, top the Thanksgiving menu for the Schumm family of Harford County.
9:16 AM CDT, June 25, 2011
A dance under a circus-sized tent at Aberdeen Proving Ground has raised more than $300,000 for a network of houses that offer free lodging to the families of wounded warriors.
3:40 PM CST, November 12, 2011
When the Center Club held a focus group asking its members what events they wanted to hold, some suggested a fashion show.
3:45 PM CDT, October 29, 2011
Jonathan Ogden parted ways with the NFL more than three years ago, but the retired Ravens offensive tackle remains an active presence in the Baltimore community.
January 24, 2010
The director of a Baltimore children's advocacy center says that in the light of Sarah Foxwell's abduction and killing on the Eastern Shore, people are looking for solutions to one of society's most hot-button issues: child sexual abuse.
2:53 PM CDT, August 6, 2011
Nearly a decade ago, not long after losing a daughter to suicide, a Baltimore County couple made a decision. They would turn their personal tragedy into a means of helping themselves, and others, by addressing mental illness in the open, without shame.
4:02 PM CDT, September 24, 2011
Wayne Malone is no longer running the distances he managed in his youth, but he is still racking up miles organizing an annual fundraiser that benefits the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy Krieger in East Baltimore.
1:21 AM CDT, April 24, 2011
The first National Hillel Basketball Tournament ended two weeks ago in spectacular fashion, with a 53-51 triple-overtime victory for Washington University over Yeshiva in the men's final at Ritchie Coliseum. It began two years earlier as an afterthought.
3:58 PM CDT, September 10, 2011
In an effort to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will take part today in the second annual Project Green: 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance.
1:40 PM CDT, June 18, 2011
Patricia Artimovich survived a life-threatening disease, thanks, she says, to the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Cancer Center and to the healing power of horses.
1:06 PM CDT, July 16, 2011
It's not every day that a person makes a selfless and heartfelt donation to a hospital. It's even rarer when it comes from a teenager.
12:20 PM CDT, August 20, 2011
As the application deadline loomed for vendors who want to participate in a fundraising event in Bel Air next month, Hazel U. Hopkins fretted that a favorite caterer might have forgotten to sign up.
January 10, 2010
Gabrielle "Gabby" Kozera, 17, imagines the continent of Africa in the shape of the human heart, with clean water as the lifeblood of its many struggling nations.
2:42 PM CDT, July 9, 2011
An Ironman World Championship participant might have been the American Red Cross representative calling to schedule your next blood donation.
2:11 PM CDT, September 17, 2011
For the past 17 years employees from the 126-year-old Baltimore-based insurance company RCM&D have taken a portion of a workday off to spend on the water sailing, while at the same time raising money.
2:00 PM CDT, July 23, 2011
Meredith Good-Cohn celebrates her 19th birthday today, knowing she is already a woman of tomorrow, a community activist, a scholar, a filmmaker, a volunteer in numerous capacities and the state's recycler of the year.
1:49 PM CDT, July 30, 2011
While still attending undergraduate school, Dr. Patrick J. Byrne made a promise: If he had the good fortune to go into medicine and become a doctor, he would do something for the underserved.
11:30 AM CDT, July 9, 2011
An Ironman World Championship participant might have been the American Red Cross representative calling to schedule your next blood donation.