If you know me, you may know I am an artist, but I also work at a nonprofit, Maryland New Directions (MND). At MND, we help low-income adults make positive changes in their lives through employment. I first began working there 3 years ago, looking for a decent full-time job where 1) I could make a difference 2) stay in Baltimore and 3) still make my art. It has been a good fit over the years, and I am proud to say the job has held up to my expectations.
I believe everyone deserves the chance to earn a comfortable living and enjoy what they do. That is what most people want, myself included. At this organization, I have witnessed many individuals gain not only jobs, but confidence, self-esteem, happiness, and security. Our clients sing our praises and share their success stories with us every day. I am extremely proud to work here, as I love this city and want to be a part of the positive change in our communities. About 25% of Baltimore City residents live in poverty. That is not good enough for us as staff, and we work very hard to help break the cycle of joblessness and poverty.
Since starting work here, I have learned a ton about nonprofits and what it takes to run them. Our job-readiness services are free to those in need, but it does take blood, sweat, tears, and ultimately funding to have a lasting impact on the lives of others. Part of my job is to make sure we have enough funding to keep our organization running, and this year we have launched a campaign inviting people from the community to give to our cause. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to change a village.
Please donate to this campaign. Your gift will help others discover their talents and interests and earn income for themselves.