Resources and Reminders – April 2020

Family League welcomes new members to the Professional Development Team

Amy Bopp joins us as the new Program Director of Professional Development. Amy has been a member of our Family League team since 2016 where served in the role of Project Manager of Data & Evaluation for Early Childhood Initiatives. In that role, she also supported professional development for diverse stakeholders. Amy is great at communicating and building relationships with stakeholders. In addition, she has strong project management skills and vast knowledge of professional development theories and practices. If you have any questions or concerns about professional development, please do not hesitate to reach out to Amy at abopp@familyleague.org.

Shania Peacock joins us as the new Project Coordinator of Professional Development & Technical Assistance. She joins us from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City where she served as a Program Specialist. Shania brings to the role experience in reporting management, technical awareness and a strong understanding of Baltimore City and community relationships. If you have any questions about Weikart (Quality) deliverables, please do not hesitate to reach out to Shania at speacock@familyleague.org.

Family League would like to thank Community School Coordinators, Out of School Time staff, and Lead Agencies for all the hard work and innovative strategies used to support school communities during this unprecedented time. Your actions have not gone unnoticed. You all are indeed “Super Heroes”. Below are a few of many examples of how teams are supporting school communities.

Maurice McKoy (OST Site Manager) and Danielle Harris (Community School Coordinator) at Harlem Park worked collaboratively to provide 93 scholars with two weeks of food on the Thursday right before schools were closed due to COVID-19.

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Community School Coordinator, Margie Hatch of John Rurah partnered with the Judy Center and the school’s teachers to solicit and organize donations for a food giveaway and homework packet pickup right as schools were being closed due to COVID-19. An estimated 150 families came out. They also received additional produce from Hungry Harvest. Click here to view more pictures.

A special shout out to all the Community School Coordinators who attended the Voter’s Registration Professional Development. The Professional Development was a huge success!

Due to the closure of schools, the following adjustments have been made to the deliverables timeline.

Community Schools
– Quarterly report (and associated uploads) due 4/30
– Narrative questions about current COVID-19 operations and plans for Quarter4 should go in Question 7 and Question 7a in the Quarter 3 report.

OST
For monthly March data due 4/15, Report what you have, but plan to provide a later update for any unobtainable data once you have access to it.

Quarter 3 report due 4/30
In question 1, please specify which date your data is complete through that was used to calculate your performance measures (so if you don’t have access to March student records, you would state in Quarter 3 that the data for the performance measures is through 2/29/2020).

Narrative questions about current COVID-19 operations and plans for Quarter 4 should go in Questions 8, 8a, 9 in the Quarter 3 report.

All Funded Partners, including OST Site Managers and frontline staff, are encouraged to check Learning Stream for upcoming PD opportunities.

Site Hours (PD)
The Family League PD team is in the process of calculating the number of hours each site has recorded to date. This about your hours, please do not hesitate to reach out to Shania Peacock at speacock@familyleague.org.

External Assessments
Shania has also been sending out external quality assessments to sites via email. If you have any questions, please reach out to her directly at speacock@familyleague.org.

Come one, come all (CSC & OST PD updates)
Self-care: Impact Hub is hosting virtual skill shares from noon – 1 P.M. Topics vary and have covered yoga, cooking, art, journaling, and more. To learn more, click here.

Bright ideas: Do you have an idea for knowledge sharing with fellow CSC or PD staff? Please submit your bright idea here. Ideas could include hosting a webinar, creating a community discussion group, etc. Small stipends are available.

Family League Professional Development Calendar 
We are excited to offer a variety of virtual professional development sessions on Learning Stream. A few of the upcoming workshops include Work/Life Balance, Service Delivery & ACEs, Unpacking Privilege and Unlocking Power, and Facilitation Skills.

Summer Institute
Please save the date for our annual Community School Coordinator Summer Institute June 22nd – June 26th. We will share more details in the coming months. It is important to note that the dates are subject to change.

Community Schools

CSC Networking Meetings, Professional Development & New Coordinator Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Family League and City Schools come together to provide joint Professional Development for CSCs every other month from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.   PLCs for New Coordinators meet from 12 PM until 2 PM unless notified otherwise. Please note that we will not reschedule the March PD but encourage Coordinators to take advantage of our virtual PD offerings on  Learning Stream through Family League’s PD Calendar. We are collaborating internally and with City Schools to think creatively as we plan for the May 13th CSC Networking Meeting/PD. Please be on the lookout for communication in the coming weeks.

Professional Conferences 
We generally require Community School Coordinators to attend a professional conference related to supporting their role. Due to the restrictions on travel and other challenges related to COVID-19, we are waiving the conference requirement for FY 20. If you have met this requirement, please feel free to share supporting documentation to PD@familyleague.org. However, there will be no penalty if you have not.

We encourage all Coordinators to explore virtual PD offerings on  Learning Stream through Family League’s PD Calendar.

Out-of-School Time

OST Site Manager Meetings
Family League will host the final OST Site Manager meeting of the year virtually. There will still be a morning and evening option. You must sign up in advance for one of the two meetings (time TBD).

Quarter 4 Meeting
Thursday, April 23rd
Friday, April 24th

 

Lead Agency (LA) Cohort – OST
LA representatives meet three times per year to participate in continuous improvement, resource sharing and collaborative planning. The final OST Lead Agency Cohort meeting of the year will take place virtually on Thursday, April 16, 2020 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm). Please be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.

This year saw a nearly unprecedented early end to the state’s Legislative Session. The state legislature meets annually for 90 days, and only since the Civil War has it been cut short. During these challenging times we are facing as a state, leaders in Annapolis made the decision to adjourn after 71 days of work, giving legislators, their staff, and state employees the opportunity to reduce contact and help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Despite this interruption in their work, the General Assembly was able to move some significant issues. Family League’s Policy Team spent the last few months working closely with Baltimore City’s Delegates and Senators to pass several key pieces of strong public policy that we believe will support the wellbeing of children and families across our City. Sadly, dozens of important bills were unable to make it through the legislative process given the abbreviated Session, but we will continue to work with our local leaders in Annapolis, here in Baltimore City, and our strong community-based coalitions, to continue pushing for these issues.

The legislature intends to meet again for a Special Session at the end of May to take any follow up legislative action in response to COVID-19 and the economic impacts to date. Sign up for our Policy Newsletter to stay up to date on this and all of our public policy work.

Funder or Grant NameDeadlineLink for InformationDetails
4Imprint's Promotional Product Donationshttps://bit.ly/3bbODgS4Imprint (The custom promotional products company) is offering $500 in-kind donations of promotional products to USA nonprofit organizations, churches, accredited schools, and registered charities.  The promotional items may be used to recruit volunteers, raise awareness, thank donors, or to offer comfort to those in need.
Aflac Grantshttps://bit.ly/3a8lDGvThrough Aflac's Charitable Contributions, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for grants under one of the following areas of need: children and youth, education, environmental, health and human services, civic and community, arts and culture, and minorities. Recent contributions have been awarded to libraries, youth mentorships, foster care centers, public high schools, school districts, and universities. Eligible applicants must not have received funds from the foundation within the last year. Requests are not accepted from individuals, private secondary schools, or religious organizations.
ALDI Smart Kidshttps://bit.ly/2K7723zThrough ALDI Smart Kids, we partner with organizations that make a positive impact on our kids' health and wellness. So, whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. ALDI says kudos to you and encourages you to apply for support from its Smart Kids program here.
Baltimore City Community Grants Program from Weinberg Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2RFK08aThe Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor's Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City. Grants, up to $10,000 per year and for a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs).
Baltimore Community Foundation - School & Community ProjectsRollinghttps://bit.ly/3b4jgFXProposals must demonstrate a partnership between school and community that builds and/or strengthens relationships. Projects BCF will support include, but are not limited to: volunteer projects and/or programs that bring the community into school buildings to participate and engage with the school's students; efforts outside of the school building that connect students to the residents in the neighborhoods that surround their school; and joint trips, learning events or social activities that foster connection outside of the physical school community.
Dollar General Literacy Foundationhttps://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
They have awarded more than $172 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It is never too late to learn.
Home Depothttps://thd.co/2wAVF0uThe Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501(c)(3) designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.
Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Volunteer Micro-Grants ($250 -$1,000)July 1st October 1sthttps://karmaforcara.org/microgrant-applicationThe Karma for Cara Foundation has started a micro-grant program to encourage children and youth ages 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. Application deadlines are seasonal, and decisions will be made within a month of each deadline.
Mattel and Good360https://good360.org/faq/Mattel and Good360 are offering In-kind grants of children’s toys and products to USA nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and newly developed organizations. Funding is intended to provide nonprofits with necessary supplies to achieve their mission and help local children (ages 3-12 preferred). Nonprofits may apply to receive donations such as toys, diapers, clothes, mattresses, computers and more.
Philanthropy Tank BaltimoreJuly 2ndhttps://bit.ly/3b94s88Philanthropy Tank Baltimore is bringing funding for students’ innovative projects. The program is looking to back students who have creative ideas with up to $15,000 and mentorship from local leaders.
Target Foundation’s Crime Prevention Granthttps://bit.ly/35APYgaThe Target Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for crime prevention programs. Applicants must contact local program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that are focused on preventing crime and promoting community safety activities. Grant applications are accepted by invitation only.
The Albertsons Companies Foundationhttps://bit.ly/3fmAssOThe Albertsons Companies Foundation is offering grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that eradicate childhood hunger. This program seeks organizations working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to a nutritious meal every day.
The Awesome Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2zdPlwYThe Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
The Cisco Foundation's Technology Grantshttps://bit.ly/2L7Bxa4Cisco is offering In-kind grants of technology equipment valued between $25,000 to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits to help increase their productivity, cost-efficiency, and scalability. Programs must focus on at least one of the following areas: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. You must first complete an eligibility quiz located on the grant information page to start the process.
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2yBTDOCGrants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA nonprofits for programs in education, community development, and public health are available. Funding is intended to support programs for financially disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundationhttps://bit.ly/2WAAwfNThe Kaplan Foundation is offering up to $300,000 seed money grants for organizations that want to scale or expand programming. This grant is open for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Projects must address important social issues at the national or global level.
The Firespring Foundation and Innovative Ideashttps://bit.ly/3cdQgMGThe Firespring Foundation is offering grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations for innovative ideas that will benefit local communities. Funds are intended to help facilitate increased access to information technology, capital, and professional expertise needed to effect change in the community.
The Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund)https://www.fordfund.org/grantsThe Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) is offering grants to USA nonprofits for programs and projects related to education, automotive safety, and community needs. Priority is given to the support and development of organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
The Fund for Change's Social Change GrantsSeptember 1sthttps://bit.ly/2SECsTGThe Fund for Change supports groups that organize under-served individuals and communities and influence policy makers by advocating for social change. Grant applications are due on September 1 and decisions are made when the board of Directors meets in December.  The average grant is $10,000-$25,000.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundationhttps://bit.ly/3cbTbFoThe Dreyfus Foundation is offering grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support schools; museums, performing arts and cultural programs; hospitals; skills training; educational programs; programming for youth, seniors, and people who are handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other programs that address community needs.
The Mockingbird Foundation $10,000 Music Education Granthttps://mbird.org/grants/The Mockingbird Foundation is offering grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth. Organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work are of interest.
Toshiba American Foundation Grant for Elementary Math/Science Teachers Grades K - 5Octobet 1sthttps://bit.ly/3bl03zKK-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of not more than $1,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year. Applications must be for project-based learning. Any Application received after October 1 will not be considered or retained, but you may submit it again for consideration next year. We do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.
Under ArmorRollinghttps://uagrants.comThe Heart of the School
The Heart of the School Fund is a year-round program delivering grants to Baltimore City Public School principals for school enhancement projects. It provides support in areas such as professional development, musical instruments, new technology, school events, trips, acquiring vital resources, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Verizon Giving and Grantshttps://vz.to/3eoqXIWVerizon provides grants to eligible recipients. Their funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Contact your local community relations manager for grant info on how to receive an invite.

In accordance with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s recent guidance to practice social distancing to flatten the curve and help stem the spread of Coronavirus, Family League of Baltimore will activate mandated teleworking policy for all staff until further notice. For the most comprehensive updates and information on both Family League’s response to the Coronavirus, visit www.familyleague.org/covid-19-response.

For general information on Baltimore City’s response to the Coronavirus, visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov. You can also stay informed via social media by following the Baltimore City Health Department’s Twitter account, @BMore Healthy, and the hashtag #CoronavirusBaltimore.

For updates from Baltimore City Public Schools please visit their website regularly.
Distance learning: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning
Health Updates: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
Meal Sites: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/meal-sites

COVID-19 Community Conversation is hosted by The Healthy Community Partnership and the Medicine for Greater Good at Johns Hopkins Bayview twice weekly, Mondays at 3-4pm and Fridays at 11-noon. Dial-in number is 888 651-5908 and participant code is 3569812.  To be added to the distribution list contact Kimberly Monson at kmonson1@jhmi.edu.

The JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health’s daily podcast, Public Health on Call, featuring science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day is currently focusing on the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
https://www.jhsph.edu/podcasts/public-health-on-call/

FAMILY SUPPORTS

Family Connections (SWCOS)
Family Connections is a community-based, family-centered program that provides support to those in need. They are now accepting referrals. Click here to learn more.

Dial 2-1-1 for Health and Human Services
2-1-1 Maryland is a partnership of four agencies working together to provide simple access to health and human services information. Click here to learn more.

Comcast
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for details.

Complimentary NAFSCE Membership
To support the family engagement field during this critical time, NAFSCE is opening access to its member resources for all family engagement professionals, parents, advocates, and policymakers now through July 1, 2020. Working together, we can find new ways to engage and serve the families and students that rely on us. We hope you’ll take advantage of NAFSCE’s resources, including our online community, Member Connect, to share resources and ideas, learn from other’s progress, and gain support from your colleagues and peers. Click here to learn more.

Microsoft Tech Social Impact
With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, organizations everywhere are moving to remote work. We’re seeing the impacts of this changing work environment particularly with nonprofit and international organizations like the United Nations who are on the frontlines providing critical support to their local communities. It is critical for the lifeblood of nonprofits—employees and volunteers—to be connected seamlessly. To continue serving your community, you may find the need to quickly transition to remote work. To help you, we’ve created a free track of courses to provide information and tools as you make this transition. This track will help nonprofits lay the groundwork for successful remote office environments. The Microsoft Digital Skills Center for Nonprofits combines great skill-building content from subject matter experts at Microsoft with TechSoup’s deep understanding of how nonprofits use technology. This track is normally $110, but we’ve made it FREE so anyone can access this information. Click here for more informtation.