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Thank you! Library Project Book Drive raises record amount—nearly $19,000!

Library LogoThe Weinberg Foundation is excited to announce the results of the 5th annual Book Drive in support of The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project.

Online and cash donations totaling more than $18,620 will be used to purchase 2,700 brand new, hardcover children’s books for this year’s newly renovated school libraries: George Washington Elementary and Hampden Elementary/Middle. The grand total includes more than $3,400 collected as part of this year’s Penny Drive. Each year, students at current Library Project schools “pay it forward” by collecting pennies and other cash donations. Nine schools participated this year including the winner—Commodore John Rodgers—where students collected more than $1,400 in change.

Books that were donated at more than 20 locations throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area are still being counted. New children’s books will be placed in each of the Year 5 school libraries, and gently used books will benefit the Maryland Book Bank, one of more than 40 supportive Library Project partners.

On behalf of all of its Library Project and Book Drive partners, the Weinberg Foundation thanks all who so generously supported this year’s effort!

For more information on the Library Project, please visit www.baltimorelibraryproject.org.


SummerREADS returns to Library Project schools

SummerREADS logoThe Weinberg Foundation, Abell Foundation, Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Maryland Out-of-School-Time Network are teaming up again for the 3rd annual SummerREADS program.

From June 27th to August 4th, 10 state-of-the-art school libraries renovated as part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project will provide hands-on, drop-in programming for Baltimore City students, kindergarten to grade three.

Each host school and library will provide a safe and welcoming place where students can participate in literacy workshops, earn incentives for reading, receive two free and well-balanced meals per day, take books home, and access other library resources. Last year, SummerREADS served more than 500 students.

For more information on SummerREADS, and to view a list of participating schools, click here.   


Weinberg Sector Skills Academy participants to make capstone presentations

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg FoundationLast May, the Weinberg Foundation, in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AWSI) and with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The Abell Foundation, announced the Weinberg Sector Skills Academy. This is a year-long learning and leadership experience for senior professionals who provide workforce development services and technical training in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

This past year, 18 Academy participants attended nine retreats, meetings, and webinars. On Thursday, May 12, participants will conclude their experience with capstone presentations of best practices and recommendations that could promote workforce development in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, which includes foundation, corporate, and government funders, assisted in the recruitment and nomination process for this year’s first class.


More than $3 million in additional new grants announced


Basic Human Needs & Health

The Foundation supports programs that meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities. These include programs in the areas of homeless services, economic assistance, food security, and health.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County
Princeton, NJ
$180,000 capital grant to support the expansion of this organization’s facility in order to increase access to the kosher food pantry and to provide counseling and other social services.

Food & Friends
Throughout Maryland
$100,000 program grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the Maryland Specialized Nutrition Services program that will provide nearly 400,000 meals to more than 1,000 critically ill residents and their families over the next year.

Housing Development Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, PA
$100,000 program grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the Rapid Rehousing Program that works to expedite homeless families’ access to permanent housing.

Allegany Health Right
Allegany County, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that works to improve the health status and quality of life for uninsured adults.


US - The Weinberg Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring that children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on early childhood development, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math) literacy, out-of-school time, and child and family safety.

Israel - The Weinberg Foundation supports primarily capital projects in early education and for youth at-risk including early childhood centers, shelters for women and their children who are escaping intimate partner violence, and youth villages for youth at-risk without family support.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund
New York, NY
$600,000 capital grant over two years ($300,000 per year) to support technology upgrades at 68 Catholic elementary schools operated by the Archdiocese of New York in order to implement blended learning, incorporating online platforms into traditional instruction.

Let’s Go Boys & Girls
Baltimore, MD
$70,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($35,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides in-school and out-of-school STEM programs for students, kindergarten to eighth grade.

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC)
Harford County, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides counseling, legal, shelter, and outreach services for those escaping domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Towson, MD
$50,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($25,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that provides counseling, residential, and legal services for victims of domestic violence, incest, rape, and sexual assault.

Building Science Technology and Education Partnerships (Building STEPS)
Baltimore, MD
$30,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the general operations of this organization that provides high school students with the tools needed to apply for and graduate from college, including STEM-focused seminars, paid summer internships, college access workshops, and alumni services.

General Community Support

This program area includes support for Jewish causes worldwide, grants to organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority areas, and local community development efforts including renovation or construction of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
Scranton, PA
$500,000 program grant over two years ($$250,000 per year) to support this organization’s early education initiatives, out-of-school time programs, and older adult community-based services.

Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore, MD
$350,000 operating grant over two years ($200,000/$150,000) to support the general operations of this philanthropic organization that works to strengthen Baltimore through grantmaking, enlightened civic leadership, and strategic investments in education and neighborhoods.

Scranton, PA
$100,000 Maryland Small Grant over two years ($50,000 per year) to support the general operations of this organization that works to strengthen the financial stability of families by promoting home ownership and providing affordable housing services.

Older Adults

This is the single largest area of grantmaking by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Foundation remains committed to providing support to older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

American Society on Aging
Throughout Maryland
$25,000 operating grant to support this organization’s Leadership Institute, a program that will introduce emerging leaders in the field of aging–including 15 individuals connected with the Together We Care/Making Maryland the Best Place to Grow Old Initiative–to the resources available through the Aging Network.

Workforce Development

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to helping people to help themselves by obtaining and keeping employment, preferably on a career track. The Foundation funds programs which provide the “life-tools” for clients to lift themselves from poverty into solid self-support.

Biotechnical Institute of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
$110,000 capital grant to support the relocation and expansion of this organization that provides unemployed and underemployed graduates of Baltimore City public high schools with job training and placement in bioscience and laboratory work. www.biotechmd.org

* All grants with an asterisk are paid to either United Israel Appeal (U.I.A.) or PEF Israel Endowment Funds with the recommendation, but not requirement, that they be distributed as described.

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