March 6, 2013
Catonsville resident W. Fumiko Campbell, who will step down from her current two-year term as president of the St. Agnes Hospital Auxiliary in March, won two awards for volunteerism in 2012. She received a Geri award from the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and an Unsung Hero award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter. The first emeritus member of the St. Agnes Foundation, Campbell will continue raising money for the hospital, where she has volunteered more than 25,000 hours.
December 24, 2012
"Saving the Chesapeake Bay is a test; if we pass we get to keep the planet," wrote Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker, in the foreword to a book I wrote about 20 years ago for the foundation. The bay, on the doorstep of the nation's capital, polluted by all modern humans do, was as good a place as any to learn if humans could exist sustainably with the rest of nature. What have we learned since that book, "Turning The Tide," was published in 1991? In a revised, 2003 edition, I set out six "Lessons Learned" that looked back over the previous decade.
April 20, 2012
Philathia Yvonne Reese-Calhoun, former director of community outreach at Maryland New Directions, died Monday of cancer at Northwest Hospital. She was 63. The daughter of a church sextant and a homemaker, Philathia Yvonne Reese was raised in Richmond, Va., the youngest of 11 children. She graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in 1966. After earning a degree in sociology from Virginia State University in Petersburg in 1970, she went to work for the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Richmond.
March 21, 2010
The homeless who line up for meals from the Our Daily Bread service center in the shadow of the Jones Falls Expressway might receive something in addition to the physical nourishment one Sunday in May. If current plans pan out, they'll hear classical music performed live underneath the overpass by the Be Orchestra, a volunteer group of Peabody Conservatory students. This new ensemble - the title comes from its declared mission to "be involved, be a part" - is the latest manifestation of an activist spirit that seems to have taken deep hold at the school during the past six years or so. Among recent student-initiated projects launched are Creative Access Music Outreach, which takes volunteer musicians into the community; and Junior Bach, with Peabody composition majors helping middle-school boys write music.
January 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - A million and a half more Americans volunteered during the span of a year ending in September 2009, a period marked by job losses and a faltering economy. About 63.4 million people ages 16 and older volunteered at least once between September 2008 and September 2009, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's about a 1.6 million increase compared with the 61.8 million people who helped their communities in 2008, but not as many as the 65.4 million who lent a hand in 2005.
January 20, 2007
Anna Marie Landenberger, who worked for much of her 106 years and lived by the words, "Keep your mouth shut and your hands busy," died of a heart ailment Sunday at her Cheswolde home. Anna Marie Lehr was born in Baltimore and raised in the Remington section of North Baltimore. Her father owned and operated a small bakery on 28th Street where her mother and her seven siblings worked. Because the family needed money, she became a textile worker at the old Mount Vernon Mills in the Jones Falls Valley when she was 11 years old. She worked in the cotton mills, where canvas was made, until city authorities intervened and told her mother she must attend school.