Foundation launching seniors’ volunteer program

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By Rachel Bernstein.

The Baltimore Community Foundation has received more than $1.5 million to start a new program that encourages senior citizens to volunteer in neighborhood improvement.

The three-year program will start later this spring and aims to recruit 1,200 volunteers to contribute in six neighborhoods.

Atlantic Philanthropies provided $1 million for the initiative, called Neighbors In Deed, and is joined by the Baltimore Community Foundation, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Foundation and Weinberg Foundation, which gave more than $500,000 in matching funds.

Older adults will volunteer in various community improvement efforts in West Baltimore, Northwest Baltimore, North Baltimore, Belair Edison, Highlandtown, and Dundalk in Baltimore County.

In West Baltimore and Belair Edison, for example, older volunteers will mentor younger adults for community leadership, working with the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

In North Baltimore, the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. and Greater Homewood Community Corp. will help improve two neighborhood schools. The Southeast Community Development Corp. will involve older adults in Highlandtown in multi-cultural and intergenerational efforts.

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