BALTIMORE: COVID-19 Update and Community Resources, 3.30.20

In this time of uncertainty, I hope that you and your families are well.

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, and people across Baltimore are feeling the stresses related to working, parenting, and co-existing in this new environment.  During this trying time, Baltimore Community Mediation Center and Woodbourne-McCabe Safe Streets staffers are developing and implementing new strategies to continue to help you have difficult conversations and build a more peaceful Baltimore where we all can thrive in community.  We are engaging in virtual peacemaking to serve the community while maintaining appropriate social distancing.

Can you help us weather this difficult time?  BCMC provides most of its services at no cost to the community.  For that reason, we rely on financial support to keep our programs running.  If you are in a position to help, please consider donating to the Center.

While our offices will continue to employ its Level 3 – Remote Operations protocol until further notice, our staff is innovating to provide our services in different ways and more information will be available soon.

You can stay involved in the work of the Center – please see below, or go to our calendar of events on our website.

Volunteers:
Keep your skills strong through virtual in-service sessions, just for BCMC volunteers, provided by Community Mediation Maryland.
Training Mediation Video, refresh your skills with Tracee Ford and Erricka Bridgeford.
“Ask a CMM Trainer” open call times:  March 26th, 6 – 7 pm; April 2, 6 – 7 pm and April 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, through Zoom.  See details.
March 31 from 6 – 8 pm “Doing Reflections Using Inclusive Listening”  See details and sign up.
April 7 from 1 – 3 pm “Framing Topics”  See details and sign up.
April 14 from 6 – 8 pm “Brainstorming”  See details and sign up.

Community:
Delivering community-building events and virtual inclusive listening training in partnership with with community members and Community Mediation Maryland.
March 30 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Yoga See details and sign up
April 1 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Yoga See details and sign up
April 2 from 6:30 – 7:00 a.m. Mindful Meditation See details and sign up
April 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Music See details and sign up
April 2 from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Mindful Meditation See details and sign up
April 3 from 12 – 2 pm “How do I approach conflict?”  See details and sign up.
April 3 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Yoga See details and sign up.
April 9 from 12 – 2 pm “Quarantine Listening Strategies”  See details and sign up.
April 17 from 6 – 7 pm “Asking Questions Without Making Things Worse”  See details and sign up.

We are gratefully using resource lists and emergency income opportunities that other community members have created.

Your support is critical to build peace in Baltimore.  Please consider donating to the Center.

Stay in touch:
Phone:
Leave a voicemail at our main number, 410-467-9165.  One of our staffers will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Email:
For mediations, please contact Erika at cmcoordinator1@communitymediation.org
For questions related to volunteering, please contact Sam at volunteer@communitymediation.org
To reach me, director@communitymediation.org

Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other.

In community,

Shantay A. Jackson
Executive Director

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