Ten years ago, several Baltimore companies, including T.Rowe Price, CareFirst and BGE wanted to commemorate September 11th. They chose to combine their efforts for greater impact and created a joint service project called Together We Serve which is still going strong today. Together We Serve asked Classic to join the group as the lunch sponsor, and we gladly agreed to lend a hand feeding the hundreds of volunteers. The group reached out to The 6th Branch, a veteran-led organization that works in collaboration with leadership in several neighborhoods in East Baltimore, turning vacant properties into green spaces with priorities identified by the community. The 6th Branch and volunteers have removed concrete, debris and trash and have created two community farms, a tree nursery and multiple park spaces as part of their ongoing mission to create green corridors.
This year, the event will take place on September 10th and involves beautifying the Montford Avenue green corridor located in the Broadway East neighborhood in partnership with the New Broadway East Community Association. Volunteers will be working together to remove concrete and improve the alleyways as part of the larger picture: advancing the tree nursery project. This project has been in progress for about a year and included the planting of 5000 sunflowers back in May.