Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with messages of sympathy when it comes to the violence in Baltimore, but what is anyone actually doing?
For the last few days, I have noticed that there is a banner on Facebook asking me to support Nepal in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake. But where is that same concern for Baltimore and its people? Facebook has more than enough room on its homepage for a heart for Charm City too.
I’m not suggesting that any of us should ignore one problem to do their part to fix the other. I’m saying that it would be great if we could help out in both situations. Unfortunately, helping has not been a huge part of the conversation when we talk about the violence in Baltimore.
Showing support for Baltimore on social media is great, and everyone should continue to show that solidarity. However, there are some concrete ways you can help the city.
Baltimore is still picking up the pieces after rioters and looters dismantled several neighborhoods and businesses. If you’re in the area, you can assist in the cleanup effort. There are plenty of opportunities to serve! If you have no idea where to start, the mayor’s office has even put up a spreadsheet of areas that need help for anyone seeking volunteer opportunities on Google Docs.
Side note: Anyone that needs help can submit their location and info here.
If you’re not in the area, and you have a little extra cash, you could also chip in to help with recovery. The Baltimore Foundation has launched the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. You can donate on the BCF’s website or you can send a check, but all financial help is appreciated no matter how it gets there.
Also, Chicago photographers John White and Thierry Lyles will be selling stickers, featuring the phrases “Baltimore Businesses Matter” and “I Support Baltimore,” for $15 to $25. You can purchase them on White and Lyles’ new website SupportBaltimore.com
If you don’t feel like volunteering or donating, then you could just eat some pizza! Joe Squared in Baltimore will be donating 10 percent of proceeds raised from the purchases of a signature pizza from May 1 to June 30. And it sounds pretty tasty, too! The Baltimore Sun reports that the charity pie comes with pink sauce, chicken, diced shallots, sautéed mushrooms, sweet potatoes, mozzarella cheese, Boursin cheese, parsley and sea salt.