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Make Your Neighborhood Shine: Sign up for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Spring Cleanup

21 Mar

Spring is near! Let’s sweep away the dust and grime of winter and make our neighborhoods sparkle by signing up for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Spring Cleanup. This year’s Spring Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Communities can start preparing for spring cleaning by calling 311 to register. To participate in this year’s Cleanup, groups should organize now and provide their cleanup location(s) and anticipated numbers of participants when calling 311 to sign up. Registered communities will receive bags to help with their cleanup efforts.   This is the City’s 18th annual spring cleaning event, which encourages neighbors from throughout the City to work together to sweep, rake, and plant.

Residents participating in the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup can earn credits toward their storm water fee. Representatives from registered communities can pick up forms needed to apply for the storm water credit when they come to collect bags for their cleanups.

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Tax Sale Clinics

21 Mar

Happening in March and April across the city. Any homeowner with a tax sale-related question or issue (e.g. unpaid bills,  questions about tax credits, legal or housing counseling assistance) is encouraged to attend.

 

FREE Legal help is available:

  • Saturday, April 1, 9am-3pm @ Poly Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane
  • Monday, April 10, 3:30-7:30pm @ Waverly Branch Library, 400 E. 33rd Street

People are asked to register by calling 443 – 703 – 3052.

 

FREE Tax Preparation

21 Mar

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.

 

Building a Foundation for Stronger Communities

21 Mar

 

A Five-Part Workshop Series Focused on Capacity Building for Community AssociationsMarch 20-May 15, 2017

Does your community association have a strong foundation upon which to build its work? Does it follow its bylaws? Do association leaders know how to keep proper records of meetings? Is the association current on all required filings? Are elections held in a proper manner, as defined by the bylaws?

This series is designed for leaders of all types of community associations – new and old, large and small, experienced and inexperienced.

The following topics will be covered:

· Session 1:  March 20

Structure, Fiduciary Duties, and Meetings 

· Session 2:  April 3

Meetings and Keeping Things in Order 

· Session 3: April 17

Bylaws 

· Session 4:  May 1

Maintaining and Growing Your Organization 

· Session 5:  May 15

Advocating for Your Community 

All workshops will be held at Community Law Center (3355 Keswick Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, 21211). Doors will open at 6:00pm for dinner (provided) and conversation. Workshops will begin promptly at 6:30pm and will conclude by 8:30pm. 

This series is designed for and limited to community association leaders. Registrants must commit to attending all 5 (five) sessions. 

HOW TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins will be permitted. Registration is available only to elected officers or directors of community associations. To register, contact Kelly Pfeifer at kellyp@communitylaw.org or 410.366.0922 x114, who will confirm eligibility and then provide a link for payment. 

Upon payment of the $75 registration fee (per person), the registration process will be complete. Registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Since space is limited, a maximum of two attendees per organization may register. 

VALUE: In addition to the wealth of information learned from the workshops, and the hot dinner served at each session, attendees will each receive one copy of Community Law Center’s Strengthening Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: A Legal Handbook for Community Associations (a $25 value)!

Community Law Center, Inc. | 410.366.0922 | Fax 410.366.7763 | mail@communitylaw.org | www.communitylaw.org

21 Mar

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 […]

via Applications Now Available for BGE Scholarships — Councilman Bill Henry

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

 

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
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