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Current Projects

  • Connect and coordinate with neighborhood organizations and residents in order to foster personal relationships and develop joint initiatives
  • Recruit and support volunteers to actively participate in neighborhood activities
  • Raise funds to support community-based initiatives, including numerous grants to develop cross-cultural educational and artistic programs that provide opportunities for the neighborhood’s diverse communities to share experiences
  • Secure funding to upgrade facilities at Beth Am for use as a location for community gatherings
  • Employ a community organizer through the UMBC Shriver Center‘s “Peaceworker” Program to strengthen connections to neighbors and neighborhood partners and provide staff support for IFO initiatives.
  • Harness the energy and experience of volunteers to provide technical assistance to community organizations and initiatives

Past Projects

  • Participated with other neighborhood partners in a year-long strategic planning endeavor for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council
  • Hosted “Oral Histories of Reservoir Hill” which brought together former and current neighborhood residents to talk about a century of Reservoir Hill history
  • Co-hosted a conversation on Healing Baltimore in response to unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray
  • Led walking tours of the neighborhood to highlight the dramatic improvements
  • Hosted the “Afro-Semitic Experience” jazz concert, attended by over 400 residents and Beth Am congregants
  • Organized five educational workshops for 200 Baltimore City students and a free public concert, attended by 450 people, of music of the African American Experience, by the Shades of Yale a capella group
  • Organized a book reading and community conversation with author Wes Moore, which resulted in the creation of an ongoing Community Book Group
  • Participated in the planning process to provide community input on the renovation of the John Eager Howard Elementary School
  • Partnered with the Whitelock Community Farm for a “greens and kugel cookoff” at the annual Whitelock Harvest Festival (ongoing annual activity)
  • Developed an innovative curriculum for Jewish and African-American pre-teens to address the opportunities and challenges of coming of age (current project)