In March 2020, we faced the challenge of having to re-think our operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, we have collaborated with community partners and supporters to deploy a rapid local response to help mitigate the collateral effects of the crisis on Baltimore and DC’s most vulnerable residents. We creatively pivoted our traditional education, workforce development, health/wellness, and violence prevention services to continue to meet the needs of children, adults, and families while adhering to social distancing and all other government regulations.
We quickly established food and supply distribution sites at our POWER House and Park House Community Centers and Safe Streets sites in Baltimore and through our Dent House Community Center in DC, developed thousands of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity boxes to distribute to students in our programs, established distance learning opportunities, instituted a protocol for staff to conduct wellness checks with program participants, and acquired technology for our Crossroads School students to access daily lessons and not fall behind academically.
Our workforce development centers in Baltimore and Washington, DC developed avenues for virtual career coaching, job-readiness training, internships, and referrals to housing, health and wellness, and support services. These programs took on even more significance as our country faced devastating job loss due to the pandemic. Despite acute economic instability, we were able to assist over 150 individuals in finding employment in 2020, many of whom are returning citizens. Throughout the past year, we have remained flexible, with a focus on maintaining services and opportunities as fluidly as possible as we work towards re-opening sites and programs in 2021.
Combined, these education, workforce development, and health and wellness efforts impact over 34,000 Baltimore and Washington, DC residents each year, improving individual lives as well as the overall community. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to learn and address the deeply embedded inequities in our country, Living Classrooms will remain focused on helping to change lives and transform our communities into safer, stronger, and healthier locations where the individual, the family, and the community thrive.
Scroll down to learn about the current status and updates from our sites and programming across Baltimore and Washington, DC.
Donate to the “COVID-19 Community Needs and Recovery Fund”
The most important way you can support Living Classrooms and our community right now is through financial support. The COVID-19 Community Needs and Recovery Fund will enable us to provide critical support and services including distribution of food, hygiene, and essential household items; remote hands-on learning, regular well-being check-ins, and help for the unemployed to access resources and connections to current high demand jobs. The Fund will help us serve our most vulnerable community members during the current pandemic and anticipated future impact, especially the extreme learning loss among students.
Select “COVID-19 Community Needs and Recovery Fund” from the designation dropdown menu.
Purchase items from our Amazon Wish List
Help us respond to the needs of our communities by purchasing essential items to keep families safe and healthy, and children learning during this difficult time.
When shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile and making Living Classrooms your account’s beneficiary. Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase you make to support us, year-round. Just navigate to smile.amazon.com and shop normally!
Make in-kind contributions of goods to support our General Program Needs:
Contact Erin Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate any of the above items.
Other Ways You Can Support Us at Home
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We will continue to post updates on our website and through social media.
Thank you for your support of Living Classrooms to help our communities be safer, stronger, and healthier.
We thank our staff, trustees, volunteers, funders, and partners in the community for your patience and flexibility as we adjust our programs and services to reflect the most current health and safety guidelines. We have begun to re-open many of our sites and resume in-person programming as we continue to remain flexible and follow state and local guidelines. Below is an overview of adjustments being made to date. Please continue to check our website as these may change.
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