Jesus teaches us to love God and our neighbor (Mark 12). Every other law hangs on this central principle. At Brown Memorial, we’ve worked hard to build relationships across our city and pursue justice in our personal and public life. These relationships take many forms. Some of them are ministries run within our congregation and others are partnerships with sister organizations in the city. The Urban Witness Committee helps coordinate and connect these ministries. Explore some of the ways we connect with our Baltimore neighbors below.
The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is dedicated to helping children in Baltimore City learn to read and succeed in school. Each year approximately 75 to 80 students from four Baltimore City Public Schools come to Brown Memorial to receive 75 minutes of one-on-one instruction in reading. The program’s goal is to help students improve their reading and writing skills and to awaken in them a love of reading. Read more>
Brown Memorial is a founding member of BUILD, a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial power organization in Baltimore City. BUILD is a network of congregations and other organizations that listens to its membership, develops local leaders, and seeks social change with and alongside its people. Successful past campaigns have centered upon the living wage, affordable housing and improvements to Baltimore City Schools.
For more than a decade, Brown Memorial has been in relationship with Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, located right around the corner on the boundary between the Bolton Hill and Madison Park neighborhoods. Our members provide in-classroom support for kindergarten students. For several years we have provided the Soaring Eagles Learning Camp, a summer enrichment program to bridge the summer vacation academically. We also helped to found a choir at the school that has performed in the school, at the church and in the community.
Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that helps home-bound people eat well and remain in their own homes. Meals on Wheels houses one of its many offices within our church and relies on volunteers both in and outside the congregation to deliver meals across the city. Contact Sharon Holley for information about how to volunteer.
The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy organization committed to building a unified and empowered Central West Baltimore. The Coalition works to build relationships across historic boundaries of race and class. Currently, Brown Memorial is a member of NBC and participates in monthly gatherings, in addition to an annual block party. We are also partnering with the No Boundaries Coalition and BUILD to provide youth organizing training to young people in the Sandtown neighborhood. Contact Tim Hughes for information about how to get involved.
Our Daily Bread is an organization within the larger network of Catholic Charities. They work to alleviate poverty and hunger in Baltimore City through a hot meals program, as well as job training and counseling services. A team of volunteers at Brown Memorial contributes 20 casseroles a month to Our Daily Bread. Contact Sharon Holley to volunteer with Our Daily Bread through Brown Memorial.
The Samaritan Community is a nonprofit that provides services and supports to individuals in crisis. They are located right here in Bolton Hill and are a fantastic resource for the greater community. In addition to making referrals to the Samaritan Community’s services, we regularly collect food items to contribute to its food pantry. Contact Sharon Holley to volunteer with the Samaritan Community through Brown Memorial.