Each year the Grace Preschool community supports several local community service organizations. Please contact our parents' group if you are interested in volunteering.
This program provides homeless Baltimore City School students (and 2 family members) with non-perishable food (needing neither refrigeration nor cooking) for two days (Saturday and Sunday). These are the children who have little to no food resources over the weekend and return to school Monday morning hungry. We know consistent nutrition is needed for brain development and learning. Currently, Baltimore City has over 2,300 registered homeless students and the long-range goal is to provide backpacks to each child. This program began in 2011, at the suggestion of community volunteers, Christian and Pamela Wilson. At that time, St. John's of Baltimore City United Methodist Church started a small 5-backpack program, partnering with the Wilsons and St. Philip & James Roman Catholic Church. Today, Heart’s Place Services, the Maryland Food Bank, Grace Methodist Church, and other partners are striving to provide a backpack to every homeless child in Baltimore City.
Grace preschool will collect Diapers, wipes, diaper creams, and formula on or around the 1st of each month. A “spring clean” of other baby items will be held this spring (TBD).
ShareBaby collects diapers, clothing, and other basic goods and distributes these items to families in need through community-based organizations. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 33% of children in our city live below the poverty line- the highest rate in Maryland. Diapers and baby gear are not allocated through federal or state assistance programs. The only monies that can be used are TANF, which must also be used to cover rent, utilities, transportation, and many other essential family costs. For poor working families, diapers alone can account for up to 12% of gross income. 1 in 3 families in the United States suffers from diaper need according to the National Diaper Bank Network. Using 2014 U.S. Census numbers, ShareBaby estimates that there are 25,000 children of diaper age living in poverty in Baltimore City. Families dealing with diaper need face financial burden, maternal depression, and increased barriers to work and childcare. Their children suffer consequences ranging from diaper rash, UTIs, and increased incidence of child abuse.
Pedals for Pediatrics
This event will be held in the spring (TBD) and proceeds benefit the pediatric oncology division of John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology is focused entirely on the research and treatment of childhood cancers. As one of the leading Cancer Centers in the United States, Johns Hopkins is at the forefront of developing new treatments and designing clinical trials. Despite very limited funding from The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society, Kimmel Cancer Center pediatric oncology researchers and clinicians have led the way in bone marrow transplantation, leukemia research, and therapies, sarcoma research, immunotherapy, and more.