As the spring season arrived in Maryland, Ellin & Tucker’s Giving Back Committee (GBC) sprang into action, partnering up with two local not-for-profits to allow our team to take on community-focused volunteer events that could support the Baltimore region.
Weekend hunger is a major issue impacting many children throughout Baltimore. A large number of students in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County rely on meals that are provided by schools during the week. But when Saturday arrives, who is helping to feed these children and ensuring that they receive proper nutrition on weekends?
The Baltimore Hunger Project is a not-for-profit group working to close the “hunger gap” by providing weekend food packages for children identified as food insecure, delivered in a compassionate and dignified manner. The GBC is thrilled to have been able to kick-off the season’s volunteer events by working with this amazing organization!
One evening this past April, Ellin & Tucker volunteers gathered at the Baltimore Hunger Project warehouse in Timonium to work a packing shift, preparing healthy food packages for the upcoming weekend. Together, they assembled 300 bags of food, which provided weekend nourishment to children throughout our community.
The arrival of the spring season also means it’s time to head outside and the GBC was happy to help spruce up one of our local neighborhoods. Our team partnered with the Southeast Community Development Corporation (CDC), a Baltimore City not-for-profit focused on developing and executing initiatives that strengthen and maintain healthy neighborhoods in Southeast Baltimore.
The GBC strongly believes in this vision and partnered with the Southeast CDC for a neighborhood clean-up event in May. A group of dedicated volunteers, including Ellwood Park community members and Ellin & Tucker employees, came together, trash pickers in-hand, one sunny morning to clean up Ellwood Park in East Baltimore. Volunteers tidied up the park just in time for locals to enjoy the beautiful weather and neighborhood activities in the green space. Not only did the team pick up trash, pull weeds, and clean up sidewalks, they even rescued a stray cat! Neighborhood clean-ups are an essential part of the Southeast CDC’s overall mission, and volunteer events like these demonstrate the power of small actions coming together to make a big change.
We are grateful to both the Baltimore Hunger Project and Southeast CDC for allowing our team the opportunity to lend a hand and give Ellin & Tucker the chance to learn more about the important work that they are doing. And perhaps even more importantly, helping to make Baltimore a stronger and more compassionate place to call home.