Basic Needs

Student hosts covid donations drive to bring essential items to local charity

Silver Spring, MD – The coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in domestic/intimate partner violence and homelessness. In response, one 16-year-old student hosted a covid drive to bring essential items to those affected.

A Montgomery County aid group raises over $100,000 to help local community

Montgomery County, MD.-The group Silver Spring/Takoma Park Mutual Aid is providing local residents with food, diapers, and more. Since forming last year, the group has raised over $100,000 and has helped more than 3,000 local residents. 

Increasing salt runoff is impacting Montgomery County residents’ water supply

Montgomery County, Maryland – Residents and private corporations excess use of road salt over the winter months has started to infiltrate the water supply. Through regulation and action forums and summits, the Department of Environmental Protection is working to combat the…

Student Organization fights to provide free feminine hygiene products on campus

College Park, MD – Get Ovary It is a student-powered organization at the University of Maryland that works to provide free feminine products to students in bathrooms across campus. After the group’s funding from the university was pulled, the Student…

Baltimore organizations work to get COVID relief money to underserved residents

Mayor Brandon Scott relaunched a $6 million emergency COVID relief program for the city.  The program begins March 1, distributing $400 debit cards to up to 15,000 households with a focus on marginalized communities.

Joint effort aims at addressing Langley Park housing ills

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland – Just outside the nation’s capital, this community has been struggling for years with aging and neglected housing.  Many properties are overcrowded, poorly maintained, and have multiple environmental health hazards such as mold, lead-based paints, and pest infestations. For all…

Summit highlights racial disparities in maternal care

WASHINGTON – Racial disparities in health care in America continues to present much greater health risks to black women and babies, according to participants at the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit. More than 700 women die each year due…

Maryland communities and D.C. receive youth homelessness grants

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Maryland — Baltimore, Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia are among 23 communities receiving a total of $75 million in federal funds to combat youth homelessness. The $75 million was awarded as part of the Department…

One little Marylander uses her new skill to help the homeless

CROFTON, Md. – A 10-year-old Anne Arundel County girl has decided to take matters into her own hands and create pajamas for homeless children in an effort to try and make their lives just a little bit better.

EPA funds pediatric asthma study at Johns Hopkins for Baltimore’s at-risk youth

Twenty percent of children in Baltimore suffer from asthma, which is more than double the national average. Lawmakers are taking the first step in clearing the air by funding a Johns Hopkins study that may bring them closer to preventing pediatric asthma.