This past week, Retrofit Baltimore’s new team of AmeriCorps fellows began an exciting year of community organizing and homeowner outreach. Fellows are excited to work with the entire Civic Works family to create greener, healthier communities, and support our city’s local economy. The team of five fellows will be working specifically to educate Baltimore city homeowners on the issues of home energy efficiency.
The Fellowship team has been enlisting volunteers from the Baltimore community to assist with canvassing neighborhoods to provide homeowners with vital information and invite them to our upcoming Home Energy Meeting at the Waverly Library from 6:30 to 8:00 on November 21st. This past weekend, the fellows were joined by three volunteers from Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities for an afternoon of homeowner outreach in the Abell neighborhood of Charles Village. Abell is a charming area with blocks of beautifully kept porchfront row houses. The canvassing team was delighted to find a number of residents participating in the “Painted Ladies” contest, painting their row houses vibrant colors, such as chartreuse, magenta, mango-orange and royal purple, while other residents were outside enjoying the weather and spending time with their neighbors. Together, the fellows and volunteers reached out to three hundred households in Abell to invite community members to the Home Energy Meeting. Special Thanks to our volunteers Sean, Jackie, and Michael for all of their hard work!
We encourage anyone interested in helping create a sustainable and just economy in Baltimore to volunteer with Retrofit Baltimore; opportunities include neighborhood canvassing, phone banking for meetings, and outreach at community events and farmer’s markets!