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St. Francis Neighborhood Center Celebrates 50 Years in Reservoir Hill With Siloball, A James Bond-themed Costume Party
(Oct. 7, 2013) The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is celebrating 50 years in Reservoir Hill and Baltimore City with a fundraising gala called Siloball. The James Bond-themed costume party takes place Sat. Oct. 26 at 7 pm at Silo Point, just in time for Halloween.
“The mission of Siloball is to raise awareness of our mission, raise funds for building improvements and program costs, and bring in a new audience of potential St. Francis supporters,” says Executive Director Christi Dodson. “Our goal is raise $50,000 for our 50th anniversary so we can be here and serve the youth of Reservoir Hill for another 50 years!”
The 8th Annual Reservoir Hill Festival is Taking Place September 21, 2013
(Aug. 28, 2013) The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is gearing up for the best festival yet! Don’t miss the fun on Sat. Sept. 21 from 11 am to 7 pm on the corner of Linden Ave. and Whitelock St. in Reservoir Hill. The rain date for the event is Sun. Sept. 22.
“The mission of the festival is to bring the community together around needed resources like health care, employment, and education; good music and great food,” says Executive Director Christi Dodson. “St. Francis has been a part of Reservoir Hill for 50 years and this festival is a vital way we stay connected. I’m really looking forward to having a day of fun and togetherness with the Reservoir Hill community.”
The St. Francis Neighborhood Center Welcomes New Board Members
July 31, 2013 – The St. Francis Neighborhood Center elected four new members to its Board of Directors at its monthly meeting held in June bringing the total to 10. New members include a CPA, an internship manager, a NASA scientist and an attorney.
Board members’ primary responsibilities include strategic planning, approving and monitoring the organization’s programs, ensuring effective fiscal management, fundraising, selecting and orienting new Board members and promoting St. Francis’s activities. Members serve without pay for a minimum term of three years.
Alex Blum has a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Baltimore. Alex has nine years of experience in public accounting at Ernst & Young, LLP and is now employed at Rivlin, Lichter & Feldman, P.C. Alex’s background includes experience in auditing small private companies, large public corporations, nonprofits and individuals, fiduciary and corporate tax reporting. He is also serving as the Board’s treasurer.
Teara Q. Booker currently manages an agency-wide internship program for the Maryland Transit Administration. She has a B.S. in Urban Studies from Coppin State University and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She comes to St. Francis with a diverse portfolio in public service, nonprofit management and community workforce development.
Melanie Burg is a contractor for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She also mentors underprivileged students and participates in the National Society of Black Engineers.
Christina Pickrell has a double B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Baltimore. She is an associate attorney working for the law firm of Discepolo, LLP in Baltimore, MD. She comes to St. Francis with nine years of volunteer and nonprofit experience.
The current St. Francis Board includes senior staff at Johns Hopkins University, Maxim Healthcare Services and other prominent Baltimore professionals. New members join six other leaders on the Board of Directors. They are: Lauren Haney (president), Kevin Apperson (vice president), Tyra Appleby, Frederick Hiser, Carrie Green and Diane DiSalvo.
Power Project Helps At-risk Children Increase Academic Performance in 2012-2013 School Year
June 26, 2013 (Baltimore, MD). The St. Francis Neighborhood Center, a community-based nonprofit operating in Reservoir Hill for the past 50 years, has recently released key statistics on the success of their free after school enrichment and academic program, the Power Project, for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Power Program, St. Francis’s premier program, offers a free educational after school and summer program for children ages 5 to 18 in the high need community of Reservoir Hill. At present, the Power Project serves 30 children daily. During the 2012-2013 academic year, students enrolled in the Power Project maintained an average of 82% in STEM grades as reported on Baltimore City Public School report cards, 75% of students enrolled increased their overall in-school academic performance and students maintained a program attendance rate of nearly 80%. The program provides tutoring, homework help, art, dance and sports activities.
Executive Director Christina Dodson says, “I am very excited about the results from this academic year. We are happy to help make learning fun and rewarding for our youth. I believe the next year will be even better.”
The Summer of Service program, the summer component to the Power Project, began it’s eight-week run Monday, June 24 with the help of interns, volunteers and Youth Services Workers. There are field trips planned to Genesee Valley, Port Discovery, Fort McHenry and the Baltimore Humane Society. If you would like to be involved in the program by volunteering or donating, please contact Stephanie Neal at email@example.com.
The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the high need area of Reservoir Hill by empowering residents through free education programs and strengthening connections within the community. This year the St. Francis Neighborhood Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a fundraising gala Saturday, October 26 at Silo Point. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Stephanie Neal, Communication Outreach Manager
Fun-Raising at Red Maple Leads to $1,000 Towards Our 2013 Budget
We had a blast at our happy hour fundraiser at Red Maple last Thursday, which raised over $1,000. Celebrated dancer Niss Albaig held a free salsa lesson and DJ Stylo spun great tunes that kept our event upbeat and fun. Red Maple generously allowed us to use their space for our event and donated 20% of the bar and food sales.
Staff took donations at the door and attendees were able to browse student artwork from the Power Project. We also held a silent action of Orioles memorabilia which included framed pictures and signed baseball cards. One of the bartenders was delighted when she won!
Board President Lauren Haney gave an introduction and thanked everyone for coming and even bought a couple of the students’ prints for her apartment. Other Board members in attendance include Carrie Green and Tyra Appleby.
The event was a great way for the staff, volunteers, Board members and guests to socialize and we hope to do it again soon!
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