Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 6, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund Grants Boost Nonprofits

By John Black
Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs

More than a dozen local nonprofit organizations have received a shot in the arm from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund in the form of 2008-2009 grants totaling more than $86,000 for projects that address the needs of communities neighboring the Johns Hopkins campuses in the areas of health, education, public safety, employment and community strengthening.

The fund was created in 2007 by then university President William R. Brody to address the needs of the communities in and around Johns Hopkins campuses. During the first two funding cycles, grants have totaled more than $162,000.

To be eligible for funding, nonprofit organizations must submit their grant application through an affiliate of Johns Hopkins and deliver services to the communities within a three-quarter-mile radius of the Johns Hopkins campuses that participated in the annual United Way of Central Maryland campaign or are within the Live Near Your Work program boundaries.

Grant submissions and projects were approved by the fund's Allocation Committee, which comprises a cross section of Johns Hopkins employees and is chaired by Frank Bossle, executive director of JHI Internal Audits.

Thanks to the grants, community members will benefit from a wide range of efforts such as educational programs to promote academic achievement and college attendance for public high school students, nutritious meals to those in need, community beautification projects, a homeless shelter and home-buying fairs.

"None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the hundreds of Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and retirees who contributed to the Neighborhood Fund during the annual United Way campaign," Bossle said. "Hopkins people understood and responded to the need of the communities where they live and work."

The recipients and their funded programs are as follows:

Children of the World Co-op: Expand Outreach Program to increase subsidies for lower-income families and expand ESL programs.

The Community School: Curricular materials and activities to provide opportunities to increase students' knowledge and skills across academic content and technology, as well as personal and social development.

Greater Homewood Community Corp.: Get There! program to promote academic readiness and college attendance for students in public high schools.

Heart's Place Shelter: Supplement portion of expenses for facility (rent and utilities), groceries, clothing, replacement of broken cots and client-support services, including transportation to medical appointments, job training/job interviews and pharmacy assistance.

Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition: LATCH (Let's All Take Computers Home) program to allow schools to strengthen their connections with their families by providing computers in their homes. Funding will provide Internet access to participants.

Incentive Mentoring Program: Fostering academic achievement, self-esteem and personal growth among Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students at high risk of dropping out of school.

Live Baltimore Home Center: Twice-a-year Buying Into Baltimore Home Buying Fair and Neighborhood Tours that enable people to explore various neighborhoods and have the opportunity to receive a $3,000 grant toward down payment and closing costs on a home in Baltimore City.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club Foundation: Baltimore Fitness Academy (bMOREfit), which teaches, trains and mentors at-risk 17-to-21-year-old Baltimore City youth enrolled in the YO! Baltimore (Youth Opportunity) program.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland: Providing nutritious meals, personal contact and related services to individuals who are homebound due to advanced age, disability or recuperation from illness or injury and who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves.

My Sister's Place Women's Center, A Catholic Charities Program: My Sister's Table program, which provides meals daily to poor and homeless women and families.

Parks & People Foundation: Community Greening Resource Network, a new membership program for community-managed gardens through which individuals will receive access to plant materials, tools, educational opportunities and networking events.

Shepherd's Clinic: Joy Wellness Center, which promotes community health through quality affordable programs that teach strategies for balancing the physical, emotional, social and spiritual areas of life. Core programs are Movement 101, Nutrition 101 and Stress Reduction/Coping Mechanisms.

The Village Learning Place: Books2Go, providing early literacy exposure through engaging read-alouds, language development and opportunities to extend learning through activities, games and dramatic play.

For more about the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, go to:


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