By Reginald L Allen II
Special to the AFRO
Baltimore Homecoming started a fundraising event for their 2018 and 2019 heroes. The goal is to fundraise One-Million dollars for the 40 organizations recognized. These organizations cover but are not limited LGBTQ+ support, Creative Arts, Education and Youth enrichment, Anti-Gun Violence, and food for Baltimore communities.
Robbin Lee, executive director of Baltimore Homecoming stated that the mission of Baltimore Homecoming is to, “build an alumni network of Baltimore’s most accomplished ex-pats.”
Lee noted that Baltimore is known as one of the cities with the most non-profits per capita. She later said that, “We see an untapped reservoir of goodwill for the city. The idea is to expand the pie as opposed to split up the pie even more.”
Currently, Baltimore Homecoming amplifies the platform of 40 organizations: 20 heroes, 20 partners within the city. Sadly, with this year’s homecoming being cancelled, there is not a 2020 cohort of heroes. However, Lee assured that next year the homecoming will return whether virtual or in-person.
Looking towards the future, Lee hopes to “take Baltimore Homecoming on the Road” to places with high concentrations of Baltimore alumni such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
If you want to support the city of Baltimore, Baltimore Homecoming, and the Campaign for Baltimore’s Heroes: you can donate to their campaign, directly to any of their 40 organizations or to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund.
More information can be found on their campaign on their website: giving.baltimorehomecoming.com. The Campaign for Baltimore Homecoming Heroes will end March 30, 2021.