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Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower. What is wrong with this picture? (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower, much lower than surrounding areas. (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Maryland winters can be highly unpredictable. From snow dustings to blizzards to uncharacteristically warm days in between, it can be difficult for a homeless person to know when they need to seek emergency shelter. Winter homelessness in Baltimore is incredibly dangerous, as many residents realized last month following the death of a local homeless man. Keep reading to learn more information about this unfortunate tragedy and to find out what the issue is with “Code Blue” in Baltimore. (more…)

MBK Puts the “Fun” in Fundraising with Basket and Bags Bingo

Friday, December 30th, 2016
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Join MBK for Basket and Bags Bingo on March 5, 2017

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to contribute to our life changing efforts here at My Brother’s Keeper, we’ve got good news for you – Basket and Bags Bingo is back! What better way to give back to your local community in Irvington than by putting the “fun” in fundraising with a friendly game of bingo? Keep reading for more information, we would love your participation. (more…)

4 Tips to Go Green This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Reduce, reuse, and recycle this holiday season to lessen your environmental impact.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle this holiday season to lessen your environmental impact.

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we believe that the holiday season is all about taking less and giving more. But what about using less? This week we would like to highlight the many ways you can choose “green” alternatives to eliminate waste during the chaotic season of gift giving and family time. (more…)

Homeless Deaths: Maryland’s 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

Friday, December 9th, 2016
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Infographic courtesy of the 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

It is no secret that drastic weather temperatures put the lives of those living in the homeless community at greater risk. Homeless people die for various reasons year-round, but the threat of hypothermia in the winter months is a cause for extreme concern. My Brother’s Keeper would like to shed some light on the reality of homeless deaths in Maryland, as well as give you information on a Homeless Memorial Service being held on December 21st in Annapolis. (more…)

3 Ways Your Student Can Be Productive Over the Holiday Break

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
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Holiday breaks are about fun and quality time with family. Encourage your student to get to know their family members and neighbors on a better level through a casual interview! 

As Thanksgiving break approaches (and with winter break right around the corner), you may be wondering how you can keep your student engaged and productive during those off days. For many families in Baltimore living below the poverty line, holiday breaks present the added stress of providing meals, finding childcare, and more. Follow these tips to help your student make the most of their holiday break and extended time with family. (more…)

Tips for Preventing the Flu to Keep Your Student Safe This Season

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Follow our tips to keep your child safe from the flu this season so they can focus on their academics.

Follow our tips to keep your child safe from the flu this season so they can focus on their academics.

This season, My Brother’s Keeper has been diligently working to provide our readers with valuable information about the importance of attendance, education, and how to better assist your student in reaching their full potential. But what happens if you or your child catches the flu? This can result in both excused and unexcused absences, depending on the severity of the virus and how long it lasts. Absences can hinder your child’s ability to stay on track with their fellow students and develop critical learning skills. Follow these tips for preventing the flu to keep you and your student safe from the flu and present in school this season. (more…)

Host a Clothing and Food Drive to Benefit My Brother’s Keeper

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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Crofton CrossFit in Gambrills, MD is hosting a food and clothing drive to benefit MBK! Read this post to find out how you can, too. We thank you in advance, as your charitable donations will help MBK provide food security and clothing for those in need. 

At My Brother’s Keeper, we aim to be a neighborhood caregiver for the less fortunate members of our Baltimore community – but we couldn’t do it without your generous help. As the weather grows colder, many members of the homeless community (as well as those families and individuals who live below the poverty line) will struggle to find adequate clothing, shelter, and nourishment. During this season of generosity, we are asking that you consider hosting a clothing and/or food drive to benefit MBK. Keep reading to learn more about the items on our donations wish-list and how you can donate today. (more…)

Excused vs. Unexcused Absences in Maryland Schools

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Is your child feeling under the weather? To avoid an unexcused absence, remember that a doctor’s note is required for illnesses lasting longer than 3 days.

Tracking attendance is something the officials in Maryland schools take very seriously, and parents and guardians should as well. Regardless of the reason, when your student is absent, they are missing out on valuable class time and may fall behind. Every single school day, whether your student is in Pre-K or high school, they have the the opportunity to expand their knowledge and excel. Let’s discuss the difference between excused and unexcused absences in Maryland schools. (more…)

Girls Coloring for Change: How Two Baltimore Students are Empowering the Next Generation of Women

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, the young local authors of the empowering coloring book, “Girls Coloring for Change.” This image is courtesy of WBAL-TV. 

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we understand how incredibly important it is for young women to feel inspired, confident, and hopeful for their futures. Without encouragement and empowerment, young women (especially living in poverty) can find themselves pregnant, skipping school, and giving up on their dreams. It makes us so proud to share with you the story of two female Baltimore students who are working to create a strong self-image for the next generation of young women. Let us tell you m


MBK’s Role in the Attendance Affirmation Project at Beechfield Elementary-Middle School

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Attendance Affirmation Project aims to reward students who have 94% attendance or better with incentive programs.

As you may have noticed this season, My Brother’s Keeper is utilizing our blog to highlight the importance of school attendance and how education relates to breaking the cycle of poverty. This week, we want to share more valuable information and statistics with you about our role in the Attendance Affirmation Project at Beechfield Elementary-Middle School in Irvington. The program has recorded astounding results so far, and we can only hope that the positive impact of this program continues to grow. (more…)

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