Like My Community™: Baltimore

July 19th, 2012 by Andrea Bennett

Six organizations – all worthy of your vote.

Brought to you by Liberty Mutual's
The Responsibility Project

Liberty Mutual agents sit down every day with members of their community to talk about protecting their cars, homes and properties. As you might imagine, local agents hear stories that many of us never encounter – personal stories of tragedy and inspiring tales of selfless work with underfunded causes. They feel the same great responsibility to their communities as they do to their policyholders. 

Baltimore-area Liberty Mutual agents are advocating for great causes in their neighborhoods as part of the Like My Community™ project. The project gives agents in three cities – Milwaukee, Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore – the chance to nominate worthwhile local organizations on dedicated Facebook pages. The three causes that earn the most votes receive $30,000 each from Liberty Mutual for improvements and renovations.

2012 will mark the second year of the Like My Community™ project. In 2011, area residents chose the following organizations to receive $30,000 in funding from Liberty Mutual Insurance: Harford Family House, Maryland SPCA and Youth Dreamers. Last year’s runners-up, each earning $2,500, were the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, The Family Tree, Health Care for the Homeless and Maryland Food Bank. This year’s six nonprofit nominees are new to the Like My Community™ project.

The voting has already started on the Like My Community™ Baltimore page – visit now and cast your vote! 

You can vote once per day, per cause, until August 20th. Check the page often for the occasional “double vote” day or cast an additional daily vote by texting “LMBAL” to 61698. Liberty Mutual will announce the winners in late August. 

Here’s an overview of the causes nominated by the Liberty Mutual agents of Baltimore:

Baltimore Child Abuse Center – This center coordinates with the Baltimore City Police, Child Protective Services, the Baltimore City State's Attorney’s Office and their own interview and treatment staff to provide support to families coping with the trauma of abuse. They ensure that families receive proper support in coping with the trauma of abuse. 

Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation – This organization provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families during a child’s medical crisis. Believe in Tomorrow keeps families together during a child’s medical crisis, believing that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process. As a result, it has created a unique healing environment, where families find hope and comfort.   

Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation – Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation is a community based organization, that promotes holistic wellness for women and families through education, physical and mental health, and economic and self-empowerment.

Kennedy Krieger Institute – Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system through patient care, special education research and professional training.

SARC (Safety, Awareness, Resources, Change) – SARC is Harford County’s lifeline to victims, potential victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Working within the community, they are the catalyst for the eradication and prevention of violence. They stop the pattern of violence by providing a safe haven that offers hope, empowerment, opportunities and educational tools for new beginnings.   

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center – This center aims to create and maintain equal housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families, primarily in Baltimore City, and to encourage and support strong and diverse neighborhoods. The center’s innovative and evolving programs help 3,000 families each year.