Baltimore International Seafarers Center (Gileads of 2012, 2013, 21014, 2017) http://www.baltseafarers.org/ BISC provides hospitality to ship crews from around the world. Some crews can only be visited on shipboard, some may visit the Center at the Port. All are welcomed. The ESC-MD corps member both visits crews on the ships and welcomes them to the Port. Driving those who can come to the Port can be an adventure- language, culture, needs are all different. The Corps member also works directly with BISC volunteers, and with special projects designed to offer a welcome hand to ship crew members.
Cathedral of the Incarnation (Gilead of 2017) http://incarnationbmore.org/ Our Cathedral is a progressive,growing congregation in Baltimore City. It is home to families of all sorts, welcoming all, reaching out widely to all. They are an active member of Baltimore United in Leadership Development http://www.buildiaf.org/ The ESC-MD corps member assists and supports Evangelism efforts of the Cathedral by assisting the Canon for Evangelism and the Dean. Responsibilities include social media creation and engagement, graphic research, weekly email production, writing, videotaping and editing, and interviewing. The corps member is involved at all levels in the congregation and in outreach to Baltimore city neighborhoods.
Great Kids Farm (Gileads of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/greatkidsfarm,
Great Kids Farm engages Baltimore City Schools students at all grade levels to support classroom learning, participate in every aspect of food preparation, and prepare students for success in 21st century colleges and careers. This year our ESC-MD corps member helps with farm chores and works with the Farm educators teaching students connections between the food they eat at their school salad bars and the food they harvest while on field trips.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service –(Gileads of 2014, 2016, 2017) an opportunity to work in this national office on behalf of immigrants and refugees and those who seek to truly welcome them. http://lirs.org/ The Program Fellow for Migrant Services will work specifically to support the work of partner organizations providing services to individuals impacted by immigration detention. This partnership is returning after a year’s hiatus. Some words from a Sarah Harrs who served with LIRS in the 2014-2015 year: My year at LIRS was challenging and rewarding in unexpected ways. I had envisioned my year of service as being “hands on” or “boots on the ground,” or a variety of other nonprofit lingo that sounded exciting and impactful. Instead, I found myself in an office with 100 other employees, working on behalf of people we rarely met. Looking back, I’m so grateful to have been placed at LIRS. My colleagues taught me invaluable lessons about the reality of making an impact (hint: it takes longer than a year to change the world), how to keep the small, everyday activities pointing towards the end goal, and countless pieces of advice about having a career in the nonprofit world. I was inspired daily by their passion and stories. The office experience that seemed so boring on my first day of work led me to the awesome job I have today (as did the recommendation of my LIRS supervisor!). My year at LIRS taught me project management, conflict resolution, and general nonprofit knowledge. I was given the lead on projects and campaigns most companies would never give an entry-level employee, much less a fellow, which provided me with a wealth of experience to talk about in future job interviews. I wouldn’t be where, or who, I am today if I hadn’t been placed at LIRS. I would encourage anyone considering a future in the nonprofit field to interview with LIRS, and to go in with an open heart and a discerning eye.
Project PLASE (Gileads of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) http://www.projectplase.org/
Project PLASE serves approximately 450 individuals in our Transitional and Permanent Housing programs each year and thousands over the past 36 years. We bring hope, restore dignity and end the cycle of homelessness for clients and their families. On any given night in Baltimore City, an estimated 4,000 people experience homelessness.Our response: We provide essential housing and support services to homeless citizens. Our ESC-MD corps members work directly with clients in local shelters. The photo here was taken of 2014-15 winter homeless census team in the Gilead neighborhood, with the Project PLASE corps member as well as Gilead household and board member volunteers.