All Hands on Deck

to Support Living Classrooms

01 August 2020 - 31 December 2020

We are asking for “All Hands on Deck” in 2020 to support
Education, Workforce Development, Health & Wellness, and Violence Prevention


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided not to hold any in-person fundraising events this year. We look forward to Maritime Magic, Night at The Yards, the Constellation Cup, and Star-Spangled Spectacular every year but we must put the safety of everyone involved first. These events raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support our life-changing work in the community.  In this “non-event” year, we still need your financial support to meet the needs of the children, youth, and adults that we serve.

In lieu of a request for your ticket purchase to one of these events, we are asking you to consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to support our mission to serve the community during this time of tremendous need.

Thirty-five years ago, Living Classrooms began delivering hands-on education in Baltimore using maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Since that time, we have developed dozens of innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of children, youth, and adults in our community. Twenty years ago, a need was identified within Wards 6, 7, and 8 in Washington, DC, and we were asked to bring our education and workforce development programs to residents of the National Capital Region. As we continue to listen to our communities, we answer their call to bring the resources and opportunities these neighborhoods request. In 2020, our cities are facing some of their biggest challenges yet, and during these difficult times Living Classrooms’ commitment to serving children, adults, and families has not wavered.

Each week since the pandemic began, we have continued to provide critical support and services to our cities’ most vulnerable residents while also adapting our innovative hands-on learning model to fit the new demand for a virtual landscape. With students out of school, an uptick in violence, and unemployment at a high, our programs are needed now more than ever.

Our theme during this 35th anniversary year is “All Hands on Deck,” which recognizes Living Classrooms’ philosophy of hands-on learning and maritime roots, but more importantly, is a direct call-to-action from our cities’ residents who are most susceptible to the negative effects of the pandemic. We know that creating a better Baltimore and Washington, DC requires many hands and we need your support to fulfill our mission and help our communities become safer, stronger, and healthier.

Your contribution is vital as we plan for the future and continue to answer the call to provide resources and services to those in need. We are grateful for the compassion and generosity of our supporters who are able to give during this critical time. Thank you for being an essential part of our mission and legacy.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to learn more about the impact of your gift and find out how you can help us spread the call for “All Hands on Deck” to your network of like-minded supporters.



Traumatic experiences in the communities we serve such as violence, poverty, and racism are magnified by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Families living within our communities are highly vulnerable not only to illness, but also the cascading emotional stress and uncertainty resulting from lost jobs and income, food insecurity, surging violence, unmet basic household and hygiene needs, learning loss resulting from school closures, and poor access to reliable, credible public health information.

In times of global crisis, nothing emerges to be more important than community. As the effects of the virus have swept into every facet of society, Living Classrooms’ staff working on the frontline in the community have collaborated with partners and supporters to deploy a rapid local response to help mitigate the collateral effects on Baltimore and Washington, DC’s most vulnerable residents.

Below are a few examples of how our hands-on education, workforce development, health & wellness, and violence prevention programs are creatively adapting our services to adjust to the new and evolving needs of residents in response to the current situation.

  • Providing Critical Access to Food and Hygiene Supplies, including 400+ meals daily 
  • Preventing Learning Loss with Innovative Remote Learning and Healthy Activities – including the distribution of over 10,000 hands-on STEAM Activity Boxes to city students
  • Supporting Unemployed Adults as they Navigate a New and Evolving Job Landscape
  • Mediating Conflicts and Addressing a Surge in Violence through our Established Safe Streets Sites
  • Connecting an Influx of Citizens Recently Returned from Incarceration with Employment and Support as they Reintegrate Back into their Communities
  • Addressing Social-Emotional Wellness Among Children and Youth to Help Them Navigate their Feelings of Stress During this Difficult Time

…and most importantly our staff on the frontline in the community provide a trusted and caring resource while encouraging positive morale.


Answer our call: We need All Hands on Deck for a brighter future!

Make a Contribution Online Now


Send us a check:  Please make payable to Living Classrooms Foundation

Memo Line: Please designate where you would like your support to be focused by writing “All Hands on Deck Baltimore,” “All Hands on Deck DC,” “All Hands on Deck Historic Ships,” or “All Hands on Deck General Fund” in the memo line.

Mail to: 1417 Thames Street | Baltimore, MD | 21231 | Attn: Development


Become a Sponsor!

Your sponsorship contribution is vital to our ability to continue providing much-needed services in the months to come.  Your gift is fully tax-deductible and will support the life-changing programs and services that are reaching some of the hardest hit during this global crisis.

Please join us as a sponsor of this important call-to-action. We need #AllHandsOnDeck for a brighter future!


Download the DC Sponsorship Guide Here

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    Rising Stars

    Congratulations to our 2020 Rising Stars Honorees!

    Living Classrooms Rising Stars presented by the Baltimore Business Journal are a select group of Baltimore young professionals, under the age of 40, who are rising in their field and are recognized as young philanthropists.

    Do you know a young professional that you think deserves to be honored for their achievements?  Nominate them for our 2021 class, here.

    Adam Aist

    M&T Bank

    Marc Broady

    Weller Development

    Brent Burton

    Green Source Lawn Care

    Brandon Carrera


    Nick Daly

    WMS Partners

    Robert Dawson

    360 Your Business

    Kelly Drnec

    Hotel Revival

    Jenifer Fedeli

    White Oak Hospitality

    Daniel King-Robertson

    P.R.E.S.S. Inc.

    Jill Knickerbocker

    14 West Administrative Services, LLC

    Nick Loiselle


    Elsa M.

    WMAR, ABC2 News

    Nicholas A. Mongelluzzo

    Venable, LLP

    Kara Frazier


    Meriane Moreira Oaks

    Tenable Inc.

    Paul Sellers

    Masters Title & Escrow

    Sid Sharma

    Mobtown Fermentation

    Paul Taylor, II


    Danna Thomas

    Happy Teacher Revolution

    Meredith Upton

    University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Steven White

    Yinga Xia

    T. Rowe Price

    Gina Rose Zanghi

    Under Armour