Posts Tagged ‘ Irvington ’

An Interview with Dorothy Cunningham: President of the Irvington Community Association

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

As a 20-year resident, Dorothy Cunningham takes her role as president of the Irvington Community Association very seriously and wishes for continued positive growth. 

At My Brother’s Keeper, we consider ourselves neighborhood caregivers. Providing members of the Irvington community in Baltimore with invaluable resources is something we are proud to do. We want residents in Irvington to understand that we are all working together towards a greater good. That is why we found it essential to highlight Dorothy Cunningham this week. She is a 20-year resident of the Irvington community, a board member at MBK, and the president of the Irvington Community Association. Read on to learn more about her. (more…)

5 Ways Average Community Members Can Contribute to Improving the Police Climate in Baltimore

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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The Baltimore police and its communities must rebuild mutual trust if they want to decrease violence and pain.

In our most recent blog post, we discussed the new Baltimore police reforms and what communities can expect following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report released on August 10. The report revealed shocking statistics, confirming the suspicions of many residents that the BCPD routinely violates the civil rights of black residents. This week, we’d like to focus on action and how average community members can contribute to improving the current police climate in Baltimore. MBK’s executive director Danise Jones-Dorsey and the president of the Irvington community, Dorothy Cunningham, will also weigh in on the issue. (more…)

How to Help Homeless Mothers and Children in Irvington

Monday, May 9th, 2016


Do you know a homeless mother or child in the Irvington community that needs help?

Do you know a homeless mother or child in the Irvington community that feels trapped or needs help?

Many people express gratitude and love towards their mothers during this time of year. Being a mother is a tough job, and not all women have access to the financial support and resources that they need to raise their children. There is an estimated 3,000 people without homes in Baltimore on any given night. Mothers and children make up over a quarter of this population. Depending on the nature of the situation, it can be extremely difficult for mothers to seek help safely.

My Brother’s Keeper works with Project PLASE to help the struggling or homeless mothers and children in the Irvington community. We provide various hot meal programs and social resources to those in need of emergency shelter, housing assistance, clothing, counseling, and more. Let’s talk about the Project PLASE Shelter Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Program in Baltimore.

If you know a local mother in need, guide her to this invaluable resource. You can also consider donating children and women’s clothing to MBK, including maternity and newborn clothes.


MBK and Amazon Smile

Thursday, February 19th, 2015


My Brother’s Keeper has begun a new journey with a program called Amazon Smile. The Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of all eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers. Donations collected are paid directly into MBK. Irvington My Brother’s Keeper is registered with Amazon Smile and is entitled to receive donations from the Amazon Smile Foundation.  You just start your Amazon shopping at and designate either Irvington My Brother’s Keeper or EIN: 52-2129199 as your preferred charity. The rest is automatic. Amazon Smile is the same as the Amazon you know including all the same products, prices and Amazon Prime benefits. We have already receiving donations!


The Neighborhood of Irvington- Why We Help

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Volunteer for Irvington


At My Brother’s Keeper, we have focused our efforts in the Irvington community within Baltimore City. We offer the residents of Irvington a number of different social services to help them better themselves and develop a positive outlook on life. To have a better idea of the area that we strive to help, here are some Irvington facts, provided by City-Data:

  • The Irvington neighborhood is located in the Southwest District of Baltimore.
  • The neighborhood sits between the Gwynns Falls and Yale Heights neighborhoods.
  • The population of Irvington is over 5,570.
  • 53.1% of the total households in Irvington are families.
  • 10.9% of the total households are couples who are married with children.
  • 19.7% of the total households are single mothers with children.
  • Nearly 40% of the Irvington population has not received an education over a high school level.
  • Over 850 houses in the Irvington area were built during the year of 1939 or sooner.


While the numbers may not seem that serious to some, My Brother’s Keeper knows how serious the situation is in Irvington. The residents are unable to benefit themselves because of the restrictions put on them by their living situations. The job market is scarce at best in the neighborhood, preventing those who don’t have means of transportation from getting a job. Without a job, some residents are faced with the struggle to make ends meet. Old home require serious upkeep and rehabilitation that some residents are unable to keep up with. As the neighborhood continues to head in a downwards spiral, the youth in the area is surrounded by negative influences, making it hard for them to rise above the adversity they are faced with.

My Brother’s Keeper focuses on helping the residents of Irvington to better themselves while helping the youth of Irvington realize their full potential. We offer a number of services from medical assistance to youth programs. Some of the social services My Brother’s Keeper offers the residents of Irvington include:

  • Counseling
  • Eviction Intervention
  • Financial Management
  • Addiction Treatment Referrals
  • Medical Co-Payments


Our youth programs tend to focus on children ranging from age 11 to age 19. We have several programs designed to focus on specific age groups to better help the children of Irvington. These programs include:

  • Circle of Dreamers
  • SAFE House
  • Youth Leadership Team
  • APEX


Want to learn how you can help the community of Irvington? Visit the My Brother’s Keeper website today to learn how you can donate and volunteer. You can also call us today at 410-644-3194.

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We are My Brother’s Keeper of Baltimore

Friday, August 8th, 2014

My Brother's KeeperThe locally organized and managed organization known as My Brother’s Keeper has been serving the Irvington community since the early 1980’s. What started as a simple place to grab a cup of coffee has quickly transformed into a stable and respectful place of haven for Irvington residents. As more and more establishments left this small community in Southwest Baltimore, the need for My Brother’s Keeper grew. My Brother’s Keeper is here to help the Irvington community through a number of different services and tools to help empower residents and to bring a sense of unity back to the area.

My Brother’s Keeper reaches out to the community and supports residents through services that include:

  • Social Services
  • Meal Services
  • Youth Programs
  • Workforce Development
  • Special Events


Our organization is run by a certified and professional team of individuals along with appreciated volunteers. We hope to continue our work and reach deeper into the community where our services are needed. We strive to empower the residents of Irvington, specifically the youth. We know that the youth of the community can help with the change and we work with them to make positive life choices while turning away from destructive influences that surround them.

There is never too little that you can do to help our organization. Some ways that you can help My Brother’s Keeper as well as the Irvington community include:

  • Volunteering
  • School Engagement
  • Planned Giving
  • Donations
    • Monetary Donations
    • Physical Donations
      • Canned Goods
      • Drinks
      • Condiments
      • Pantry Staples
      • Paper and Plastic Goods


Want to contact My Brother’s Keeper? Call us today at 410-644-3194 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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