Be a Part of Positive Change on the York Road Corridor

30 Jan

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The York Road Partnership’s newest committee, Business Engagement, invites you to join us for our first meeting on Thursday, January 26th. The meeting will be held at the Walter P. Carter Recreation Center (820 E 43rd St.) at 6:30PM. 

The Business Engagement Committee was formed to increase the safety and cleanliness of our corridor through partnership, support, and accountability. At our first meeting, we will discuss the work that has happened so far, our committee chairs’ vision for the future, and tangible next steps. At future meetings, we will be asking committee members to take ownership over business partners closest to their homes. 

If you have ever driven down the corridor and thought, “I wish I could see some change,” this is the committee for you! 

 

Hope to see your there! 

 

In community,

York Road Partnership

410-617-1171

yorkroadpartnership@gmail.com

 

FREE Tax Preparation

30 Jan

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The Northern Community Action Center (5225 York Rd) will have free tax preparation at the center again this year. The office will be open M-F from 8:30am-4:30pm.  There will also be some evening and weekend hours.  For more information and to make an appointment, call 410 234-8008.

 

Important message for taxpayers:  Due to the new Congressionally-mandated PATH Act, low-to-moderate income working families making less than $54,000 yearly that file and claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the federal Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) won’t see their EITC, ACTC or any other federal refunds until after February 15.  Many of the “big box” paid tax preparers are already targeting these filers for Refund Anticipation Checks (RACs) and Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs), charging exorbitant interest rates (up to 36%) plus big fees to people who can afford them least.    

    1. All taxpayers who claim the federal EITC and/or ACTC will have all their federal tax credits and refunds delayed until after February 15. Checks will start arriving or be direct deposited beginning on that date.
    2. Regardless, filers should NOT wait to file. Schedule a FREE tax preparation appointment with Baltimore/Maryland CASH starting January 3, 2017. In Baltimore, call 410-234-8008. For a listing of sites outside of Baltimore, call 211. 
    3. Don’t believe the hype – NO ONE can get their full federal refund/EITC/ACTC to them faster than the FREE nonprofit tax preparation services provided by Baltimore/Maryland CASH!
    4. Yes, it’s hard to wait on a federal refund but huge interest & big fees from RACs & RALs can take a big bite out of people’s hard earned money. Why not put all that money into your pocket instead?
    5. IT’S YOUR MONEY – KEEP IT! Don’t waste it on paid preparers who will take a large percentage of your federal refund/EITC/ACTC, whether there’s a delay or not. 
    6. The delayed payments ONLY affect Federal tax returns, NOT Maryland. State of Maryland EITC and/or ACTC and/or state refund checks will be delivered on time.
  • Tax preparation through IRS-certified volunteers is high quality, safe and FREE to anyone who earned under $54,000 in 2016.
  • —-Robin McKinney, Director, Maryland CASH Campaign, Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope, 443-692-9422 (office), www.mdcash.org

Support teen summer employment: Make a Donation to YouthWorks Today!

30 Jan

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Corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations and individuals can support YouthWorks by making a tax-deductible donation. It costs $1,500 to fund one youth in a summer job, but contributions of any amount are appreciated. Online donations can be made at baltimorecityfoundation.org.

For more information about YouthWorks, please visit moed.baltimorecity.gov/youth-services/summer-jobs

Online Application Now Open for Baltimore City’s 2017 YouthWorks Summer Jobs

30 Jan

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Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 can begin the 2017 YouthWorks summer jobs registration process by applying online at http://youthworks.oedworks.com.

Each year, YouthWorks matches thousands of city youth to summer jobs with for profit businesses, nonprofits and government employers throughout the region. They develop workplace skills, learn how to meet employers’ expectations, gain exposure to career opportunities in high growth industries, and feel the pride of earning a paycheck. YouthWorks summer jobs will operate two, five-week sessions, the first beginning June 26 and the second on July 10.

 

Youth Registration

The online application is the first step of the YouthWorks summer jobs registration and will remain available for Baltimore City residents through Friday, March 10, 2017. Everyone who applies will be required to attend an in-person certification appointment in order to be eligible for a YouthWorks job. These certification appointments will be conducted after school and on Saturdays from late January through March.

 

Worksite Registration

YouthWorks partners with a variety of organizations throughout the Baltimore City area that serve as summer worksites. Eligible worksites are not responsible for providing the funding to pay YouthWorks participants’ wages, but they are required to provide close supervision and mentoring to ensure workers’ full engagement throughout the program. Youth are scheduled to work five hours each day (excluding lunch), five days a week, for five weeks.

Organizations can visit youthworks.oedworks.com to read about worksite eligibility requirements and to apply to become a 2017 YouthWorks worksite.

 

Hire One Youth

YouthWorks’ Hire One Youth strategy provides an opportunity for Baltimore’s private-sector employers to help shape the future workforce by interviewing and hiring at least one responsible and motivated 16- to 21-year-old. These job-ready young people are to work a minimum of 120 hours during the summer at minimum wage or higher. Companies often choose to retain these employees past the summer in part- or full-time year-round employment. More information about Hire One Youth and a sign-up form can be found at baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth.

 

For more information about YouthWorks, please visit moed.baltimorecity.gov/youth-services/summer-jobs.

 

 

 

Applications Now Available for BGE Scholarships

30 Jan

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Applications for the BGE Scholars Award are now available online through April 1.  The nine new scholarships are part of BGE’s legacy gifts that marked the company’s 200th anniversary last year. Central Scholarship, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, is administering the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf.

“We view this scholarship program as another way for BGE to support the development of our local workforce, by providing individuals with the means to successfully compete for opportunities,” said Valencia McClure, BGE’s vice president of Governmental, External Affairs and Corporate Relations. “We are honored to partner with Central Scholarship to help people receive an education that will lead to the future he or she envisions.”  The merit-based scholarships provide eligible students with awards of up to $5,000 each year to support post-secondary students pursue their educational goals. BGE Scholars will demonstrate academic excellence and share BGE’s commitment to serving the communities where they live and work.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be BGE customers or dependents of BGE customers
  • Be accepted to attend or currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or post-secondary program, including vocational programs
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate service and commitment to community, civic or related organizations
  • Not be employed by, or related to a person employed by, BGE

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

5 Jan

recycle-xmas-treeBaltimore City’s DPW will offer curbside Christmas Tree collection from Tuesday, January 3rd through Tuesday, January 31st.  Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day, at the same location where their trash is collected.  All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection or mulching. 

 

Christmas Tree mulching will be available Monday through Saturday throughout the entire month of January (except for City holidays). Mulching services will be provided from 9am to 2pm at Southwest Citizens’ Convenience Center, 701 Reedbird Ave. Residents may bring their own bags or containers to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.  As with curbside collection, please make sure tinsel and ornaments have been removed prior to mulching.

Homeless outreach and the extreme cold

5 Jan

Extremely cold conditions can be life-threatening – if you see someone outside who is in need of shelter, call 311 immediately to report their location and provide a physical description so follow-up outreach and services can be offered.  If the person is non-responsive or appears to need medical attention, call 911 for emergency services.  Additional homeless shelter information can be found here: http://human-services.baltimorecity.gov/homeless-services/winter-shelter.

DPW Cold Weather Tips – Protect Your Pipes

5 Jan

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Winter is still a week away, but the temperatures over the next few days will be bitterly coldPipes and utility meters can freeze when the temperature remains below 25 degrees for extended periods of time. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works offers the following tips to help protect water lines during periods of cold weather:

 

•           Let a thin stream of cold water run from a basement faucet. The stream should be a continuous flow, about the thickness of a pencil lead. This water can be caught in a bucket and used later.

•           If your interior pipe is frozen, warm it with hot air from a blow dryer where it enters your house.

•           Be sure you know the location of the water shutoff valve in your home. Check it periodically to ensure it works properly.

•           Be sure to shut off water to outside faucets, and drain the water from the outside faucet.

•           Monitor your sump pump. A frozen drain pipe could result in a flooded basement.

•           Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your house. Be alert if you have had frozen pipes in the past.

•           Always keep on hand a three day supply of bottled water; one gallon per person per day.

•           Consider getting a service protection policy for your exterior water/sewer lines. Baltimore has partnered with HomeServe USA to provide this low cost protection. Please visit: BaltimoreServiceRepairs.com

As a reminder, the Department of Public Works maintains outdoor water lines up to and including the meter. Water lines running from the meter to the house, and internal plumbing, are the responsibility of the property owner. For water emergencies in Baltimore City, please call 311 or call 410-396-5352 in our Baltimore County service area.

 

Online Application Now Open for Baltimore City’s 2017 YouthWorks Summer Jobs!

5 Jan

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Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 can begin the 2017 YouthWorks summer jobs registration process by applying online at http://youthworks.oedworks.com.

Each year, YouthWorks matches thousands of city youth to summer jobs with for profit businesses, nonprofits and government employers throughout the region. They develop workplace skills, learn how to meet employers’ expectations, gain exposure to career opportunities in high growth industries, and feel the pride of earning a paycheck. YouthWorks summer jobs will operate two, five-week sessions, the first beginning June 26 and the second on July 10.

YouthWorks has proven to be a very popular and successful summer employment program,” Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Director Jason Perkins-Cohen said. “Baltimore’s young people are eager to work, and I encourage them to apply online to better their chances at a getting summer job.”

 

Youth Registration

The online application is the first step of the YouthWorks summer jobs registration and will remain available for Baltimore City residents through Friday, March 10, 2017. Everyone who applies will be required to attend an in-person certification appointment in order to be eligible for a YouthWorks job. These certification appointments will be conducted after school and on Saturdays from late January through March.

There is a limit to the number of YouthWorks summer jobs. Applying online and attending an in-person certification appointment do not guarantee an offer for a YouthWorks summer job.

 

Worksite Registration

YouthWorks partners with a variety of organizations throughout the Baltimore City area that serve as summer worksites. Eligible worksites are not responsible for providing the funding to pay YouthWorks participants’ wages, but they are required to provide close supervision and mentoring to ensure workers’ full engagement throughout the program. Youth are scheduled to work five hours each day (excluding lunch), five days a week, for five weeks.

Organizations can visit youthworks.oedworks.com to read about worksite eligibility requirements and to apply to become a 2017 YouthWorks worksite.

 

Hire One Youth

YouthWorks’ Hire One Youth strategy provides an opportunity for Baltimore’s private-sector employers to help shape the future workforce by interviewing and hiring at least one responsible and motivated 16- to 21-year-old. These job-ready young people are to work a minimum of 120 hours during the summer at minimum wage or higher. Companies often choose to retain these employees past the summer in part- or full-time year-round employment. More information about Hire One Youth and a sign-up form can be found at baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth.

 

Make a Donation

Corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations and individuals can support YouthWorks by making a tax-deductible donation. It costs $1,500 to fund one youth in a summer job, but contributions of any amount are appreciated. Online donations can be made at baltimorecityfoundation.org.

For more information about YouthWorks, please visit moed.baltimorecity.gov/youth-services/summer-jobs.

Become a Treatment Foster Parent!

5 Jan

Neighborhood Nonprofit Woodbourne Center is looking for treatment foster parents to care for children in need. Required classes are once a week on Tuesdays for 8 sessions, beginning on January 17 at the Woodbourne Center – 1301 Woodbourne Avenue. Learn more at https://www.nexus-yfs.org/sites/Woodbourne/programs/foster-care

At Woodbourne we believe that changing one life changes everything. To help change a life or if you have questions or want more information, contact Katherine at  kheinz@woodbourne.org

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