February 12, 2013

The Weinberg Foundation has a lot of news to share! We hope you will take a few minutes to read our latest e-news:

Book Drive Kickoff on March 1! “Chapter 2” for Weinberg Library Project

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project moves into its second year!  The Community-Wide Book Drive that helps to fill these new libraries with new books is right around the corner. It will take place at The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School on Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the school’s Read Across America celebration.

Last year’s Book Drive was a huge success – 13,000 books collected – and the Weinberg Foundation and its many community partners are excited to have the opportunity to do it again. We have a few changes this year, but the idea is the same – fill the shelves of the new libraries with brand new books! Here are the details:

  • The event will run from March 1 – 15 (note the shorter timeline).
  • It will feature two bins at each host site – one for new books that will go to the renovated libraries and one for gently used books that will go to Baltimore Reads to help support classroom libraries.
  • There will be an online Book Drive, accessible from our website (www.baltimorelibraryproject.org), which will let you select the number of books you want to purchase for the libraries.

After considering six candidates for year two of the Baltimore Library Project, the Weinberg Foundation selected the following three schools: Arlington Elementary/Middle School, East Baltimore Community School, and The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School. These schools were again chosen in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools which, every year, renovates a set number of libraries through its own process considering academic and facility needs.

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project is a multi-year, collaborative effort to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated elementary/middle school libraries in high-poverty neighborhoods where many students face academic challenges.

Weinberg Foundation leads nearly $3M professional caregiver training project

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation recently announced the full launch of the Homecare Aide Workforce Initiative. This New York City-based initiative will help set a national standard for paid caregivers. The Weinberg Foundation is providing $1.6 million of the total $2.95 million project cost. 
In collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York and several of their beneficiary agencies — Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., Jewish Home Lifecare, CenterLight Health System, and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; PHI (the Paraprofessional Health Institute); the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare; the Tiger Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; and the New York Community Trust; this 27-month program will provide hands-on, intensive, comprehensive, and specialty training to at least 600 new and 400 experienced homecare workers.

Roughly 20 percent of the care for frail and chronically ill, older adults is provided by a workforce of roughly 3.2 million paid caregivers throughout the United States. This innovative project will lead to improved care for older adults while simultaneously benefiting those who have made a career by providing that care.

Weinberg Foundation provides additional $1M for housing program for persons with disabilities; program replicated in Illinois

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has expanded its initial funding for the Maryland Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities initiative, providing an additional $1 million investment in the program.
CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 100 Governor Martin O’Malley joined Weinberg Foundation Chairman Donn Weinberg and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond A. Skinner in May 2011 to announce the landmark partnership to finance affordable, quality, independent, integrated housing opportunities for very low-income persons with disabilities who meet certain eligibility criteria. The additional funding doubles the Weinberg Foundation’s total commitment for the initiative to $2 million.

The Foundation also recently announced a $1 million grant for similar deeply-affordable housing in Illinois, reinforcing what the Weinberg Foundation hopes will become a national trend.

Over $14.5 million in additional new grants announced!  

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.

St. Martin’s Home for the Aged/Little Sisters of the Poor Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$640,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a building, which will include 18 private, assisted-living rooms for Medicaid-eligible older adults.  http://www.littlesistersofthepoorbaltimore.org/

Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation
Oakmont, PA
$485,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a traditional nursing home into smaller, self-contained households.  http://www.srcare.org/

Hebrew Home for the Aged
Riverdale, NY
$480,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the three remaining floors of the Resnick Pavilion, which includes 150 nursing home beds.  http://www.hebrewhome.org/

Lutheran Social Mission Society/Lutheran Settlement House
Philadelphia, PA
$215,000 operating grant to support the renovation of the current building, which houses a senior center, bilingual domestic violence program, and adult literacy program.  http://www.lutheransettlement.org/index.html

Aging Care Connections
La Grange, IL
$175,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the agency’s existing space to include the addition of a client records room; multi-purpose community room and meeting space; energy efficient features and additions; and two additional bathrooms.   http://www.agingcareconnections.org/

Cathedral Square Corporation
South Burlington, VT
$100,000 capital grant to support the construction of  36 new, accessible, and service-enriched apartments for older adults, which will be built using a combination of tax credits and federal and state funding.  http://www.cathedralsquare.org/

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.

Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Halethorpe, MD
$500,000 capital grant to purchase, renovate, and equip the building that will house this organization, which processes, repairs, and awards donated cars to low-income families.  http://www.vehiclesforchange.org/

Grameen America, Inc.
New York, NY
$300,000 operating grant over two years ($150,000 per year) to support this organization, which lends money to low-income entrepreneurs who hope to start or expand small businesses.  http://www.grameenamerica.org

New York, NY
$150,000 operating grant over two years ($75,000 per year) to provide general operating support for comprehensive training programs for low-income men and women.  http://striveinternational.org/
$50,000 capital grant to upgrade STRIVE’s existing program facilities and administrative space in order to improve the quality of service. http://striveinternational.org/

ReSource, A Nonprofit Community Enterprise, Inc.
Burlington, VT
$150,000 capital grant to support the rehabilitation of this organization’s facility, which houses job training programs, poverty relief efforts, and a building material reuse distribution program.  http://www.resourcevt.org/

Fund for the City of New York
New York, NY
$35,000 capital grant to support renovation of office space for a financial clinic, which helps low-income individuals and families to achieve financial security by addressing immediate challenges while also planning for long-term goals.  http://www.fcny.org/fcny/

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.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$1,000,000 capital grant over two years ($500,000 per year) to support the construction and rehabilitation of 56 properties in three Baltimore City neighborhoods (Mt. Winans, McCabe, and Pigtown) with the goal of creating affordable, energy-efficient homes, and community parks.  http://habitatchesapeake.org/

Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty
New York, NY
$750,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a building, which will facilitate improved service to the organization’s increased number of clients.  http://www.metcouncil.org

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Inc.
Waterloo, IA
$300,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new distribution facility to meet increasing demand and to create a more efficient program space.  http://www.northeastiowafoodbank.org/

Access Carroll, Inc.
Westminster, MD
$285,000 capital grant to support the purchase of essential medical, dental, and office equipment for this organization, which is the primary healthcare safety net provider in Carroll County.  http://www.accesscarroll.org/

Food Bank of Delaware, Inc.
Newark, DE
$250,000 capital grant to support the expansion of this organization’s Milford location in order to increase capacity, provide employment training, and increase community awareness about the issue of hunger in Delaware.  http://www.fbd.org/

Redwood Empire Food Bank
Santa Rosa, CA
$250,000 capital grant to support the completion of a facility including warehouse, office, and programming space.  http://refb.org/

Calvary Women’s Services, Inc.
Washington, DC
$232,111 capital grant to support the renovation of the organization’s facility in the Anacostia community, which will house two transitional housing programs and administrative offices.  http://www.calvaryservices.org/

City Harvest, Inc.
New York, NY
$200,000 capital grant to support the renovation of new office and meeting space for this organization, which operates the rescue and delivery of more than 42 million pounds of food annually to a network of 600 community food programs throughout New York City.  http://www.cityharvest.org/

Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, Inc.
Albany, NY
$200,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a primary care site with the goals of expanding an existing methadone clinic, co-locating a drug counseling center, and adding a new primary healthcare site at this Federally Qualified Health Center.  http://www.wmyhealth.org/

Compass Housing Alliance
Seattle, WA
$105,000 capital grant to support construction of Nyer Urness House, a supportive housing development, ensuring that a medical clinic will be located on-site.  http://www.compasshousingalliance.org/

Asian Human Services of Chicago, Inc.
Chicago, IL
$100,000 capital grant to support expansion of the Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, which will offer onsite, direct, comprehensive primary and preventative care services.  http://www.ahschicago.org/

St. Johns Bread and Life Program, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
$57,000 capital grant to support replacement of the existing mobile soup kitchen with a smaller, customized vehicle, which will better serve the needs of clients and staff.  http://www.breadandlife.org/

District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc.
Washington, DC
$45,000 capital grant to complete a renovation project for the Cornerstone Housing Program, which serves low-income women and children escaping domestic violence. http://www.dashdc.org/

A Wider Circle, Inc.
Bethesda, MD
$36,000 Maryland Small Grant to provide general operating support with the goal of expanding direct services for financially disadvantaged families in Maryland.  http://awidercircle.org/


The Foundation supports organizations and programs that respect and promote the independence, integration, individual choice, and civil rights of children and adults with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities as necessary preconditions for a good life.

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)
Chicago, IL
$1,000,000 capital grant to support construction of affordable housing for non-elderly persons with disabilities (rent set at 20% of area median income)— a replication of Maryland’s “Weinberg Deeply Affordable Apartments.”  http://www.ihda.org/

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
The Amichai Association
Hod Hasharon, Israel
$650,000 capital grant over two years ($325,000 per year) to construct the first-of-its-kind Inclusion Center for people with intellectual disabilities in Israel.* http://www.amichai-npo.com/amichai---daycare-centers.htm

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
ENOSH – The Israeli Mental Health Association
Kfar Saba, Israel
$400,000 capital grant to support the purchase and renovation of a new rehabilitation center for the mentally ill at the ENOSH branch in Haifa.* http://www.israelgives.org/

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
ENOSH – The Israeli Mental Health Association
Kfar Saba, Israel
$270,000 capital grant to support the renovation and expansion of an existing training and occupation center for people with severe mental illnesses in Bat Yam.* http://www.israelgives.org/

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
AKIM – Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
$216,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the Beit Rachel Straus Community Center.* http://www.akim-jerusalem.org.il/trek/

P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Akim Israel
Karmiel, Israel
$160,000 capital grant to renovate an occupational center for people with intellectual disabilities and to place them in competitive jobs in the community.* http://www.akimisrael.com/

Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
$150,000 program grant to establish a new branch of the Bridges to Work program within Baltimore City Public Schools.  http://www.bridgestowork.org/

Community Support Services
Gaithersburg, MD
$60,000 capital grant to purchase a townhouse so that two adults with autism can remain living safely and independently in their community.  http://www.css-md.org/

Education, Children, Youth & Families/U.S.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation aims to build economic self-sufficiency through child/family development and education, from early childhood through high school graduation, preparing individuals for success in college or the workplace. Funding is intended to address critical issues in education, as well as youth homelessness, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Bayou District Foundation
New Orleans, LA
$400,000 capital grant to support the redevelopment of three buildings  of the former St. Bernard Housing Development in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged 7th Ward as a full-day, full-year, low-income child care center. http://www.bayoudistrictfoundation.org/

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Winnebago, NE
$400,000 capital grant to support construction of a state-of-the-art, early childhood education facility.  http://www.winnebagotribe.com/

Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
Washington, DC
$390,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new education, tennis, and community center, which will operate two programs for at-risk children and youth.  http://www.wtef.org/

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$375,000 operating grant over three years ($125,000 per year) to support this organization that provides a home- away-from- home for seriously ill children and their families at minimal to no cost, while the child receives medical treatment from Baltimore-area hospitals.  http://www.rmhcbaltimore.org/

Fund for Educational Excellence, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$250,000 program grant over two years ($200,000/$50,000) to support Baltimore City Public Schools’ Gear Up for Your Future (GUYF) program, which provides summer career exploration for middle school students.  http://www.ffee.org

Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore (CSFB)
Baltimore, MD
$200,000 operating grant over two years ($100,000 per year) to support the annual operating budget of CSFB, which provides partial scholarships to low-income Baltimore City families to send their children, K-8, to any licensed school of their choice.  http://www.csfbaltimore.org/

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Cleveland, OH
$200,000 capital grant to relocate and expand Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in order to be closer to individuals who are underserved as well as invest in the infrastructure of Cleveland.  http://www.lutheranmetro.org/

South Suburban Family Shelter
Homewood, IL
$150,000 capital grant to purchase and renovate a building to provide counseling and supportive services for domestic violence victims—adults and children.  http://www.ssfs1.org/

New Moms, Inc.
Chicago, IL
$115,000 capital grant to support the construction of a new facility, which will expand the organization’s service capacity by bringing all programs serving low-income mothers under one roof, in addition to adding a licensed daycare facility. http://newmomsinc.org/

Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc.
Yonkers, NY
$62,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the McGee Hall gymnasium on the campus of the Andrus School that serves at-risk children ages 5-14 through residential or day treatment programs.  http://andruschildren.org/

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois
Chicago, IL
$50,000 capital grant to support the renovation of the Rice Center, a residential care and treatment facility. http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org

Incentive Mentoring Program
Baltimore, MD
$40,000 Maryland Small Grant to support the annual operating budget of a family mentoring program, which serves students at high risk of failing out of high school.  http://incentivementoringprogram.org/

Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$30,000 Maryland Small Grant to increase programming to this organization’s Access for All program, which provides art education to low-income youth.  http://www.yamd.org/

Baltimore Squashwise, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$20,000 Maryland Small Grant to support a youth program that provides academic tutoring, squash instruction, mentoring, and community service opportunities.  https://baltimoresquashwise.org/

Education, Children, Youth & Families/Israel
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds
Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI)
Kfar Saba, Israel
$150,000 capital grant to support the purchase of equipment for ICEI’s literacy instruction model for Ethiopian-Israeli elementary school students, including books and bookcases for in-class libraries.* 

General Community Support

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

Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Inc. and Its Agencies
Baltimore, MD
In addition to the $3 million annual grant to The ASSOCIATED’s campaign, the Weinberg Foundation has awarded an additional $375,000 in designated grants to the following programs: CHANA domestic violence program and legal services program, SHEMESH children with disabilities, JCC home care for older adults, JCC special needs programming, JCC Warm Houses, and Jewish Community Services Hard to Place Job Counseling/Placement.  http://www.associated.org/

Parks and People Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$500,000 capital grant to support the second phase of the organization’s restoration of a Druid Hill Park parcel that will be the site of the organization’s educational and recreational programs. http://parksandpeople.org/

Living Classrooms Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$450,000 capital grant to support the renovation of a recreation center to create an early childhood facility.  http://www.livingclassrooms.org/

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
Scranton, PA
$200,000 program grant to provide additional support to programs currently assisted by this organization.  http://www.uwlc.net/

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
$100,000 capital grant to support the construction of the Annapolis Youth Development Park, which will improve the condition and safety of the current outdoor space. http://www.ripkenfoundation.org

* All grants with an asterisk are grants paid to P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds with the recommendation, but not requirement, that they be distributed as described.

Participants prepare for 2013 Israel Mission trip

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation hosts an annual mission trip to Israel. The goal is to provide a rare opportunity to witness, first-hand, how individuals have overcome adversity and thrived with dignity in such a complicated region of the world. It’s an opportunity for participants to better understand and interpret the complex, ever-changing realities of the Middle East.
This year’s Israel Mission, including 22 guests and five Weinberg Foundation representatives, will depart on Saturday, April 27 and will return on Monday, May 6. The Foundation began funding the mission in 2001 and has been solely running and leading the trip since 2008.

2013 Weinberg Foundation Israel Mission Participant List

  1. Dean David W. Andrews, The Johns Hopkins University School of Education
  2. Ray Bank, Chair, Baltimore Community Foundation
  3. Ray’s wife, Holladay (Day), as his guest
  4. Gregg L. Bernstein, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
  5. Gregg’s son, Andrew, as his guest
  6. Cindy Campbell, VP/Community Relations & Media Affairs, Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
  7. Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, Dean, University of Maryland School of Law
  8. Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
  9. Elizabeth Julian, District Public Defender for Baltimore City
  10. Corbett A. K. Kalama, Ex. VP & Group Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
  11. Corbett’s wife, Sandra, as his guest
  12. Secretary Gary D. Maynard, Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, State of MD
  13. Wes Moore, Board Member, Baltimore Community Foundation
  14. Cassie Motz, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Martin O’Malley
  15. Kaliope Parthemos, Deputy Chief, Economic & Neighborhood Development, Baltimore City Office of the Mayor
  16. Daniel Proctor, Principal/Owner, Kirk Designs, Inc.
  17. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, Baltimore City Police Department
  18. Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
  19. Lloyd T.  Sueda, Sueda & Associates, Inc., Honolulu, HI
  20. Kenneth L. Thompson, Esq., Partner, Venable LLP
  21. Sandi Timmins, Executive Director, House of Ruth Maryland
  22. Margaret E. Williams, Executive Director, Maryland Family Network

From the Weinberg Foundation

  1. Ellen M. Heller, Trustee
  2. Shale Stiller (as Ellen’s guest)
  3. Rachel Monroe, President
  4. Craig Demchak, Director of Community Affairs
  5. Jack Meeker, Real Estate Associate & Network Administrator

Here are just a few of the planned highlights of this year’s Israel Mission:

  • Meet with Daniel B. Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador (pending confirmation)
  • Participate in Israel 2013, a dialogue with Aluf Benn, editor-at-large for Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper
  • Visit Israel’s borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza for an insight into the complexities of security and national defense
  • Learn from Dr. David Zilberklang, Senior Historian at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, followed by a guided tour of the Jewish national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust
  • Celebrate Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) with a festive dinner including Israeli Lone Soldiers (soldiers who have immigrated to Israel without their families)
  • Visit numerous cultural and holy sites including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee area, and Nazareth

Hold the date for the Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering!

LogoAnd finally, it’s never too early to mark your calendar for a truly special afternoon with hundreds of the Foundation’s closest friends.

This year’s Annual Community Gathering will be held Tuesday, November 19, from 4-6 p.m. at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville, Maryland.   

The Weinberg Foundation will celebrate its mission, partnerships, and accomplishments of 2013. Please look for more details soon!

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