On April 1, the GBC’s Coalition for a Second Chance met by phone. During the meeting, the organizations that directly serve clients shared updates on how they were adjusting operations amid the closures and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group discussed specific challenges in the “digital divide” and their struggle to provide electronic outreach and programming to their students or clients that do not have personal computers or tablets and widely lack broadband access. The organizations also shared volunteer or donation opportunities outlined below.
How can you help? There are immediate ways that you can contribute to these organizations who are continuing to work to fulfill their mission and assist individuals who are returning to society from incarceration to obtain jobs, education and job training.
- Donate a vehicle to Vehicles for Change. This incredible organization accepts car donations, performs necessary car repairs, and provides them at very low cost to individuals or families in need. Vehicles for Change also runs an internship program to train individuals reentering society from incarceration in car repair. Amidst the pandemic crisis, they have seen a sharp decline in vehicle donations, but there services are more important than ever with reductions in transit service. The organization is currently accepting donations and can arrange a safe pick-up. Click here to see how you can donate in three easy steps.
- Call Baltimore City 311 to donate the essential safety products listed here to help support the safety of our regional frontline workers and emergency responders. Baltimore City is partnering with Maryland Philanthropy Network to support the regional response to the COVID-19 emergency by receiving and organizing donations of essential protective items. Your call will receive a response to schedule drop off or collection of your donated items. At your request, a receipt of your donation can be provided at time of drop off or emailed to the address you provide.
- Volunteer with LifeBridge Health at their facility in Randallstown to assemble personal protective equipment for healthcare providers. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
For more information, contact Adrea Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org