Family League would like to thank OST Site Managers, Community School Coordinators, and Organizations for doing a fantastic job supporting students, families, and communities. Your hard work and dedication have really helped families and communities during this difficult time. Your work has made a positive difference and impact in the City of Baltimore. Family League would like to make sure you know how much you are valued and appreciated. It is because of people and organizations like yours that students, families, and communities have received food, academic support, household items, and additional resources. Again, thank you for your commitment to our community.
The Community School Steering Committee (CSSC) is seeking a Student and Parent Representative to represent a diverse group of stakeholders and who demonstrates a desire to ensure community schools are effective throughout Baltimore. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis and are typically scheduled during the week for 90-120 minutes. Please complete this form to apply.
List Your Career Opportunity on Family League’s Website
Partners interested in having job postings added to www.familyleague.org/careers/, must submit content in the following format to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Job Description (less than 100 words)
Partners should include a PDF or link to full position description and name and contact details for where to inquire about further information. Guidance on having job postings added to our Website can also be found in the “Job Opportunities at the Partner Organizations” section of our Careers page. Positions will remain on the Website for two weeks.
A special shout out goes to Ramona Dodwell. Ramona is the Community School Coordinator at Lakeland Elementary Middle School. Ramona was recognized by the Maryland Coalition for Community Schools.
Kudos to Bertha Knight, a community school coordinator for Child First Authority at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School who was recognized as the Baltimore Sun‘s Coronavirus Hero of the Week for her work to provide families in need with much need items including hygiene and personal care products and food gift cards. Click here to read the story.
A special shout out goes to Hallie Atwater, who is the Community School Coordinator at Renaissance Academy High School. Hallie is doing amazing work at Renaissance Academy, and she is playing a major role in the lives of students. Please check out the video here.
Shout to Sabrina Gay! Sabrina is the Community School Coordinator at Margaret Brent Elementary Middle School. Sabrina assisted The Franciscan Center with their Mother’s Day Brunch event. They served 150 people, distributed toiletries, roses, hot meals (crab bisque soup), and cookies. They were featured on Fox 45 News. Check it out here.
Are you struggling with FUNDINGtrack? Do you need FUNDINGtrack training? Do you have a question about how to better use FUNDINGtrack? If so, please send a ticket to our Help Desk at email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, organization, role, and best availability for training so we can get you access.
Deliverables for SY20
As a reminder, Q4 reports are due on their original due date, July 15th. We will follow up later in Q4 with additional information regarding reporting.
Partnership trackers are still a requirement for quarterly reports, and all CSCs should do their best to capture partnerships, especially new ones that have been formed during the pandemic. Please reach out to Sally Yan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
All SMs should still be submitting attendance trackers the 5th of each month. May’s tracker is due June 05th. If you are not currently operating, please submit a completely blank tracker. If you are operating virtually, you should track attendance for those students who are participating. As a reminder, Daphne Washington has shifted roles and is now our Project Coordinator of Data & Evaluation. Moving forward, please reach out to Clint Middleton at email@example.com with any questions about attendance trackers.
Summer Institute has gone virtual!
Sessions will focus on at least one of the core competencies, site standards, or equity and will have at least one key takeaway (increased knowledge, skill-building, relational component, or new experience). Due to the virtual nature of the conference, sessions will be held over two weeks (6/15-6/30). CSCs will have some mandatory sessions and will have a required number of elective sessions (CSCs can choose the topic area but will have a set number of hours to earn). For CSCs who participated in the IEL conference sessions, Family League will count those hours toward the elective threshold. Based on focus group feedback, sessions will be offered in a variety of formats including workshops by experts, panels, simulations, and collaborative work with other CSCs. Beginning on June 1st, there will be 20 days of plenary, workshop, and deep-dive sessions. According to IEL, the virtual summit offers the best of both worlds, combining the content, networks, and expertise from IEL’s flagship events, the Community Schools National Forum, and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference. For more information about the virtual conference please click here.
If you have any ideas about Summer Institute or if YOU have something you might want to lead or share, please contact Amy Bopp at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Summer Institute will be available soon.
Please see this site for free webinars that align with Resource Development and Community Engagement and Coordination.
Due to the restrictions on travel and other challenges related to COVID-19, we are waiving the conference requirement for FY 20. If you have already met this requirement, please feel free to send supporting documentation to PD@familyleague.org. However, there will be no penalty if that requirement has not been completed.
Shania Peacock has been hard at work updating and disseminating OST PD hours. For questions or concerns, Shania can be reached at email@example.com. For alternate PD requests, please submit the alternate PD form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New OST Site Managers: The School Age/Youth PQA Basics Live training is going virtual. A Doodle poll will go out to determine a date for this virtual training.
In response to COVID-19, we are posting new PD offerings regularly. Some of the new June offerings include Leading Courageously as Your Most Authentic Self and Building Psychologically Safe Teams. Please review our PD calendar here to learn more about all our offerings.
Does your organization have a tool, plan, curriculum or resource that has been effective in delivering quality youth programming in the virtual space? Would you like to share with your Youth Development colleagues? If so, please reach out to Amani Coker-Warren, Director of Community Schools and Out of School Time at email@example.com
Strong Schools Maryland on The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
Click here for a one-pager on the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future that includes information on the legislation. If you’d like to read the full text of the legislation, you can find it here. On Thursday, May 7th, Governor Hogan decided to veto the education plan bill (Kirwan). We are waiting to see if there will be an override.
Sign up for our Policy Newsletter to stay up to date on this and all of our public policy work.
|Funder or Grant Name||Deadline||Link for Information||Details|
|4Imprint's Promotional Product Donations||https://bit.ly/3bbODgS||4Imprint (The custom promotional products company) is offering $500 in-kind donations of promotional products to USA nonprofit organizations, churches, accredited schools, and registered charities. The promotional items may be used to recruit volunteers, raise awareness, thank donors, or to offer comfort to those in need.|
|Aflac Grants||https://bit.ly/3a8lDGv||Through Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.|
|ALDI Smart Kids||https://bit.ly/2K7723z||Through ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.|
|Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundation||https://bit.ly/2RFK08a||The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor's Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).|
|Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community Projects||Rolling||https://bit.ly/3b4jgFX||Proposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school's students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community.|
|Dollar General Literacy Foundation||https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/||Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
They have awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It is never too late to learn.
|Home Depot||https://thd.co/2wAVF0u||The Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.|
|Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)||July 1st October 1st||https://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-application||The Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.|
|Mattel and Good360||https://good360.org/faq/||Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more.|
|Philanthropy Tank Baltimore||July 2nd||https://bit.ly/3b94s88||Philanthropy Tank Baltimore is bringing funding for students’ innovative projects. The program is looking to back students who have creative ideas with up to $15,000 and mentorship from local leaders.|
|Target Foundation’s Crime Prevention Grant||https://bit.ly/35APYga||The Target Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for crime prevention programs. Applicants must contact local program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that are focused on preventing crime and promoting community safety activities. Grant applications are accepted by invitation only.|
|The Albertsons Companies Foundation||https://bit.ly/3fmAssO||The Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day.|
|The Awesome Foundation||https://bit.ly/2zdPlwY||The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.|
|The Cisco Foundation's Technology Grants||https://bit.ly/2L7Bxa4||Cisco is offering In-kind grants of technology equipment valued between $25,000 to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits to help increase their productivity, cost-efficiency, and scalability. Programs must focus on at least one of the following areas: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. You must first complete an eligibility quiz located on the grant information page to start the process.|
|The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation||https://bit.ly/2yBTDOC||Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.|
|The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation||https://bit.ly/2WAAwfN||The Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programming. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level.|
|The Firespring Foundation and Innovative Ideas||https://bit.ly/3cdQgMG||The Firespring Foundation is offering grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations for innovative ideas that will benefit local communities. Funds are intended to help facilitate increased access to information technology, capital, and professional expertise needed to effect change in the community.|
|The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund)||https://www.fordfund.org/grants||The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.|
|The Fund for Change's Social Change Grants||September 1st||https://bit.ly/2SECsTG||The Fund for Change supports groups that organize under-served individuals and communities and influence policy makers by advocating for social change. Grant applications are due on September 1 and decisions are made when the board of Directors meets in December. The average grant is $10,000-$25,000.|
|The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation||https://bit.ly/3cbTbFo||The Dreyfus Foundation is offering grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support schools; museums, performing arts and cultural programs; hospitals; skills training; educational programs; programming for youth, seniors, and people who are handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other programs that address community needs.|
|The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Grant||https://mbird.org/grants/||The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.|
|Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5||Octobet 1st||https://bit.ly/3bl03zK||K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.|
|Under Armor||Rolling||https://uagrants.com||The Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
|Verizon Giving and Grants||https://vz.to/3eoqXIW||Verizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.|
COVID-19 AND FAMILY LEAGUE INFORMATION
Click here for a letter from Demaune Millard, Family League’s President and CEO, about the organization’s response to COVID-19. To view a personal message to Funded Partners from Demaune, please click here.
For the most comprehensive updates and information on both Family League’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
COVID-19 AND BALTIMORE CITY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION
For general information on Baltimore City’s response to the Coronavirus, visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov. You can also stay informed via social media by following the Baltimore City Health Department’s Twitter account, @BMore Healthy, and the hashtag #CoronavirusBaltimore. https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov
Baltimore City Public Schools
For updates from Baltimore City Public Schools please visit the following sections of City School’s website:
Distance Learning: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning
Health Updates https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
Meal Sites https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites
All students enrolled in City Schools, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program. Households will receive approximately $114/month in benefits for each school-aged child in your household. Find out more info at baltimorecityschools.org/family-updates.
Enoch Pratt Library
The Digital Library is OPEN! Click here for more information.
Please share with organizations or families in need of free wifi access.
Free Wi-Fi access is now available outside of the following 4 Enoch Pratt Library branch locations.
You do not need a library card to access WiFi. Network name is epfl-wpa. You do need to enter a password (epfl-wpa). Currently, outdoor Wi-Fi is only accessible on certain sides of the buildings. Boosted signals at these and more locations coming soon. Social distancing guidelines must be maintained at all sites.
FOREST PARK BRANCH (along Garrison Blvd side)
HERRING RUN BRANCH (along Erdman Ave side)
ORLEANS STREET BRANCH (along Orleans Street side)
PATTERSON PARK BRANCH (along Pulaski Highway side)
Community Action Partnership Centers (CAP Centers)
CAP Centers have been closed. However, residents can continue to submit applications for assistance online.
– For energy assistance residents can complete an application online or call 1-800-332-6347.
– For BH2O, the city’s water discount program, residents can download a BH2O application. Completed applications can be emailed to BCCAPBH2O@baltimorecity.gov or mailed to ATTN: BH20 Processing Unit, P.O. Box 22586, Baltimore, MD 21203.
Evictions in Baltimore City are halted while schools are closed. If any family receives an eviction notice during the state of emergency, they should call the Public Justice Center at (410) 625-9409.
Unemployment Insurance and Employment
Workers and independent contractors with social security numbers who have been displaced due to COVID-19 can click here for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID19 and Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administration. Workers and independent contractors with social security numbers can click here to apply for unemployment. For assistance in finding employment and additional support, please contact the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and someone will reach out to you within 2 business days.
Are your families looking to add a little bit more structure to their days? Click here for four types of age-appropriate behavior charts that families can use with their children.
Lawyer in the Schools – Free Legal Clinic Hotline
Through a partnership between Maryland Legal Aid and Baltimore City Public Schools, families of students can call an attorney to discuss a wide range of civil legal issues. Please call and leave a message with Jennifer Nance at 443-895-1391 or Chloe Johnson at 202-515-6502. Support is available Monday through Friday, from 9 AM until 4:30 PM and is available in Spanish. Please click here for bilingual flyers.
Mental Health Resources
Behavior Health Systems Baltimore – Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Inc. is a nonprofit organization tasked by Baltimore City to perform the function of managing Baltimore City’s behavioral health system—the system of care that addresses emotional health and well-being and provides services for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. They help guide innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery for those who are dealing with mental health and substance use disorders to help build healthier individuals, stronger families, and safer communities.
They do this by:
Influencing policy development through state-level advocacy.
Raising public health awareness through centered on behavioral health issues.
Allocating resources for substance use disorder and mental health services to Baltimore service providers.
Provider Agency and Assignment Directory – Check out the comprehensive list of approved mental health providers in schools. This directory is updated monthly!
CONNECTION, SUPPORT, EMPOWERMENT
…for families experiencing mental health, substance use and/or gambling issues.
MCF’s staff in every Maryland county and Baltimore City:
– work with caregivers and other loved ones to help them access needed supports and services for their families
– support and amplify the youth voice
– empower family members to advocate for improving services in all systems of care for children, youth, adults, and families
You can download their referral form here.
Children’s Mental Health Matters – The Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies with the following goals: raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children
COVID-19 Community Conversation is hosted by The Healthy Community Partnership and the Medicine for Greater Good at Johns Hopkins Bayview twice weekly, Mondays at 3-4pm and Fridays at 11-noon. Dial-in number is 888 651-5908 and participant code is 3569812. To be added to the distribution list, contact Kimberly Monson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health’s daily podcast, Public Health on Call, featuring science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day is currently focusing on the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Wellness and Self-Care
Please note the following website for information on dealing with anxiety and other self-care related to COVID-19:
Health Insurance Open Enrollment
Families may be eligible to enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov to determine eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance. The deadline to apply is June 15th. See this fact sheet for more info.
Playworks has created several resources for students and families during the current stay-at-home order.
Play at Home Game Guide that features some of its most popular games (while also meeting CDC recommendations, factoring in social distancing, and limited play equipment). Click here for the guide.
Play at Home videos for families, available on YouTube by clicking here.
Virtual Recess on Facebook Live. Recess activities take place every Monday through Friday at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Click here for Playworks’ Facebook page.
Resources Available Regardless of Immigration Status
National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund (Application in English and Spanish)
One Fair Wage relief for restaurant and service workers (Application in English and Spanish)
Children of Restaurant Employees Relief Fund (Application in English)
Family Connections (SWCOS)
Family Connections is a community-based, family-centered program that provides support to those in need. They are now accepting referrals. Click here to learn more.
Dial 2-1-1 for Health and Human Services
2-1-1 Maryland is a partnership of four agencies working together to provide simple access to health and human services information. Click here to learn more.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for details.
Complimentary NAFSCE Membership
To support the family engagement field during this critical time, NAFSCE is opening access to its member resources for all family engagement professionals, parents, advocates, and policymakers now through July 1, 2020. Working together, we can find new ways to engage and serve the families and students that rely on us. We hope you’ll take advantage of NAFSCE’s resources, including our online community, Member Connect, to share resources and ideas, learn from other’s progress, and gain support from your colleagues and peers. Click here to learn more.
Microsoft Tech Social Impact
With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, organizations everywhere are moving to remote work. We’re seeing the impacts of this changing work environment particularly with nonprofit and international organizations like the United Nations who are on the frontlines providing critical support to their local communities. It is critical for the lifeblood of nonprofits—employees and volunteers—to be connected seamlessly. To continue serving your community, you may find the need to quickly transition to remote work. To help you, we’ve created a free track of courses to provide information and tools as you make this transition. This track will help nonprofits lay the groundwork for successful remote office environments. The Microsoft Digital Skills Center for Nonprofits combines great skill-building content from subject matter experts at Microsoft with TechSoup’s deep understanding of how nonprofits use technology. This track is normally $110, but we’ve made it FREE so anyone can access this information. Click here for more information.