This summer we partnered with the Baltimore Police, Somebody Cares Baltimore, churches, businesses and other organizations to help with two Day of Hope events. July 27th nearly 200 volunteers poured love onto our Guests of Honor in Bocek Park on the east side of Baltimore, and August 10th 250 volunteers loved on our Guests at Frederick Douglass High School on the west side.
Around 50 service providers come to the events to help the guests know the free resources that are available to them. The Maryland Food Bank donates a semi truck full of groceries that volunteers sort and hand out to the guests. We have moon bounces, games, cotton candy, popcorn and face paint for the kids, backpacks filled with school supplies are handed out to the kids that come. A healthy hot meal is provided, and most importantly love and hope is shared among the volunteers and our guests.
The police have seen a 23% drop of violent crime in 3 months following a Day of Hope event, and we have guests who return the following year wanting to volunteer because they want to give others what was given to them.