This fall’s Critical Social Justice theme is Baltimore 365. We’re excited for the events that will be happening on campus during the week of October 19th… but why wait?! We’re encouraging UMBC community members to engage with and volunteer in Baltimore City at the 4th annual Project Homeless Connect. This city-wide resource fair provides on-the-spot services for thousands of members of the homeless community.
- Learn more about Project Homeless Connect at their website. Did you know that last year’s event supported 1,450 people experiencing homelessness or poverty received services on that day? Check out the 2014 post-event summary here.
- Attend UMBC’s Learn & Register event on Friday, 9/11 at 3:30pm in Commons 332. It’s not a mandatory orientation but this is a great way to learn more about the initiative, meet other UMBC students and staff who are going, learn how to get there via UMBC shuttle, and Register for a timeslot. Let others know you’re going or invite them via this Facebook event!
- Register to volunteer! Volunteer shifts are needed on September 23rd and 24th.
- Learn about the issues. Here’s some good places to start your research and learn more:
- What is homelessness?
- Check out the issues at Heath Care for the Homeless Inc.
- Read about the razing of Baltimore’s homeless encampments (opinion piece)
- On Baltimore’s vacant houses – a perspective from The Atlantic.
- Learn more about YES Drop-In Center – Baltimore City’s first and only drop-in center for homeless youth.
- This is not an exhaustive list! What resources do you recommend? Let us know and we’ll add them!
Also don’t forget you can participate in more extended service-learning opportunities in Baltimore City through the Shriver Center. Check out potential sites and connect with the Shriver Center before September 25th to sign up for PRAC 096.