• Parity Homes, founded by 2020 OSI Fellow, receives $2M JP Morgan award

    JP Morgan Chase recently announced a $20 million investment in Baltimore in the form of low-cost loans and job training programs. As part of this five-year commitment, the bank has awarded Parity Homes, founded by 2020 OSI Community Fellow Bree Jones, $2 million. Parity acquires and renovates homes in and around the Harlem Park neighborhood, […]

  • Black Women Build Featured on NPR’s Marketplace

    Last night, Black Women Build-Baltimore (BWBB), the organization founded by 2018 OSI Community Fellow Shelley Halstead, was featured on “Marketplace,” the national NPR show focused on business and the economy. Reporter Amy Scott described BWBB’s efforts to help Black women buy and purchase previously abandoned homes on Etting Street in West Baltimore. Check out the […]

  • OSI Fellows and Grantees Make Homecoming Hero Awards Semifinalist List

    Last week, Baltimore Homecoming announced the 10 semifinalists for its Homecoming Hero Awards and the list includes three OSI Community Fellows – 2019’s Janet Glover-Kerkvliet; Ateira Griffin and Atiya Wells, both from the 2020 cohort – and Sam Novey, founder of the OSI grantee Baltimore Votes. Members of the public will determine the five winners. […]

  • Baltimore Children and Youth Fund launches Avis Ransom Institute

    This week, the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF) launched The Avis Ransom Institute, a pilot program for youth leadership development in Baltimore City. The fund is named for activist and 2002 OSI Community Fellow, Avis Ransom. The program will train young people in Baltimore City to be effective leaders in their communities.  Ransom, who […]

  • OSI Community Fellow’s MomCares celebrates 5 years, Observes NICU awareness month

    To celebrate their 5th anniversary, MOMCares, the program started by 2019 Community Fellow Ana Rodney that provides postpartum doula services to single, low income women of color in the NICU, will hold a special celebration on Friday October 1 from 11am-2pm at Dovecote Café. MOMCares is also observing NICU Awareness month on September 29 with a […]

  • Jews United for Justice to honor OSI’s Tara Huffman

    At its annual Heschel Vision Awards ceremony in November, Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) will honor Tara Huffman, who recently stepped down as director of OSI’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program. “[Huffman] is a rare funder who is also seen as a partner by scores of grantees,” JUFJ said in its announcement. “She has played […]

  • OSI grantee Baltimore Safe Haven featured in Dove commercial

    Recently, the director and members of OSI’s grantee Baltimore Safe Haven were featured in a commercial for Dove. The organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for every transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) person in Baltimore City to live a life that is healthy, self-determined life free from stigma, violence, and oppression. Learn more about […]

  • OSI Grantees to Receive funds from Baltimore-Based Tech Firm

    Fearless, a Baltimore-based digital services firm just announced the creation of a $50,000 donation matching fund to support nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and Montgomery, Alabama, (where the company has offices) that are committed to bridging the racial gap. Baltimore organizations chosen to receive the funds include many OSI grantees Job Opportunities Task Force, CASA, Out […]

  • Watch OSI Community Fellow Shelley Halstead flip out on the Kelly Clarkson Show

    This week, 2018 OSI Community Fellow Shelley Halstead was a virtual guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. Halstead started Black Women Build Baltimore, which trains Black women in construction skills like plumbing, electrical, and carpentry by restoring vacant and deteriorating houses in West Baltimore, which the women then have an option to buy. She was […]

  • Meet Jamar Brown, the new Chair of OSI’s Advisory Board

    Jamar Brown, a partner in the Litigation group at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, and a champion of several justice-seeking organizations in Baltimore, has stepped in as Chair of OSI’s Advisory Board, replacing William C. Clarke, III, who has chaired the Board for the last ten years and will remain an Advisory Board member. “I am […]