Justice

The Media Won't Tell You About These Heroic Baltimore Residents

April 28th 2015

By:
Laura Donovan

Baltimore is in a continued state of unrest as demonstrators respond to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month. The city went into a state of emergency following the increasingly violent demonstrations on Monday, prompting a call to the National Guard and a curfew to be enforced. Americans are unsettled by the chaos and tragic death of Gray, but there are already people working on helping Baltimore residents.

Clean up Baltimore

With schools closed this week, many young people have helped clean up the wreckage from Monday's demonstrations:

Help feed underprivileged kids

According to Baltimore's school district website, nearly 85 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. This sparked concern that tens of thousands of children would have to starve as a result of the school shutdown, so a couple groups started using the hashtag #BaltimoreLunch to give food to children in need. 

Baltimore vegetarian restaurant Red Emma's started offering free lunch to students as well:

Churches also came forward offering free food to those in need:

Operation Help or Hush, a group that aims to sustain protestors, is continuing to organize lunch donations for kids in the city as well:

Join Thread.org

Nonprofit organization Thread aims to help underprivileged high school students in Baltimore become more engaged in their education. In 2013, Baltimore City's poverty rate jumped to nearly 25 percent, and research has shown that low-income students tend to do worse in the classroom than their privileged counterparts.

"Thread understands that children growing up in concentrated poverty need more than just improved financial resources or better classrooms; they need the same unassailable support and deep interpersonal bonds that we all need," Thread's website reads. "Thread builds these bonds for students, volunteers and collaborators."

Since its founding in 2004, Thread has garnered more than 750 volunteers and 207 students and alumni. You can donate money to the organization or become a volunteer or collaborator if you'd like to help at-risk youth in Baltimore.