BEST OF 2014 AND NON-PROFITS TO WATCH IN 2015:

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This week Center Maryland is taking a quick look back at some of Maryland’s top achievers from 2014 so that we know who to watch in 2015.

* Monday, 1/5: Best Lawyer

* Tuesday, 1/6: Best Non-Profits

* Wednesday, 1/7: Best Developer

* Thursday, 1/8: Marylander of the Year

BEST OF 2014 AND NON-PROFITS TO WATCH IN 2015:

Humanim

Details (Baltimore Brick By Brick)

First, the group saved the decaying but architecturally unique American Brewery Building in East Baltimore and turned into office and program space for non-profits. Then Humanim, a 44-year-old non-profit serving people with disabilities, created Details to “deconstruct” vacant city housing in a way that reuses discarded materials, helps the environment and creates jobs for low-income residents.

To date, 45 individuals have been employed to take apart vacant buildings. Among other items, more than 30,000 Baltimore bricks have been removed and are ready for recycling.

It is a win-win solution. Humanim creates jobs and work experience for its clients, dramatically reduces (by as much as 90 percent) the waste sent to landfills from these buildings and salvages material for re-sale and re-use. The city chose Details to take down buildings as part of its Vacants to Value program on a block of 50 blighted East Eager Street row homes.

The work is slower than bringing in a wrecking ball, but the cost of deconstruction is similar to demolition. Revenue from recycling the salvaged material helps support Details and other Humanim workforce and social development programs.

With an estimated 16,000 vacant houses in Baltimore, a job-creating, environmentally conscious concept like Details could be pointing the path to an innovative and exciting way to bring value to tearing down no longer habitable structures in Charm City.

You can follow the progress of Details on its blog, http://baltimorebrickbybrick.com/

 

Wes Moore

Baltimore Corps

Wes Moore believes passionately in the people of Baltimore. He believes Baltimore can be great again because of its human potential.

The best-selling author, TV personality, producer, Rhodes Scholar, military leader, White House Fellow and social entrepreneur moved his family (and his film production company) from New York to Baltimore so he could fully immerse himself in rejuvenating his hometown.

One of his latest innovations is Baltimore Corps, an urban fellowship program that seeks to accelerate social change by developing the city’s next generation of visionary non-profit executives. It could be a national model for attracting young, energetic leaders to American urban centers.

The group’s first class of fellows started in the fall. They are working with non-profits and within city government, learning how to make innovative social change possible. A broad array of foundations and non-profit organizations are participating.

Moore also is active in Operation Oliver, a group of military veterans intent on restoring vibrancy to their East Baltimore neighborhood. Additionally,  he serves as CEO and founder of BridgeEdu, an innovative education platform seeking to reinvent the freshman year of colleges for students struggling to adjust to the rigorous standards of higher education.

Baltimore, though, is where he wants to make a difference. “We are a city of tremendous assets,” he says. Moore is intent on tapping those assets by inspiring this city’s people.

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