AmeriCorps Service Project at ABC Park in Carrollton Ridge

On June 12th, our AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator, Eric Park, worked with a group of volunteers to install pull up bars at the ABC Park in the neighborhood of Carrollton Ridge in Southwest Baltimore as part of his service project for his AmeriCorps term. Greg Oates, one of RTB’s A-Team volunteers, provided huge support in the planning and execution of the project. His technical expertise ensured that the pull up bar posts were installed securely and turned out level. Sarah Hope from Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, provided the recycled building materials, and also offered a lot of guidance in implementing the service project. Derrick, a staff member at Rec & Parks, also joined the volunteers for the day and assisted with priming the swing sets and the new pull up bars at ABC Park.

Sarah and Derrick prime the new pull up bars

Greg Oates secures the clamps on the pull up bars.










Derwin Hannah, a community organizer in the neighborhood, has over the past year taken on a great deal of responsibility in overseeing the safety and well-being of the park and the neighborhood residents who use the public space. Derwin has done an incredible job at gaining support from the community and bringing in local business including the Food Depot and others at the neighborhood shopping center. He has been striving tirelessly to make the park a safer, nicer place for residents to enjoy, and has been partnering with Fran Spero, Joe Burch, and other employees at Rec and Parks to explore new sources of support and funding from the city to help build on the momentum of Derwin’s efforts. Eric Park was extremely please to be able to get involved with such an engaged coalition of park supporters who helped to make this project happen.

This Saturday, June 15th, volunteers from the neighborhood will come together to beautify the park and also the celebrate the new fitness equipment and the summer programs at ABC Park. Thanks to everyone involved for all of your work in making this project a success!

(From L to R) Greg, Derrick, Sarah, Derwin, and Eric


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Rebuilding Day 2013

On behalf of Rebuilding Together Baltimore and the homeowners and communities we serve, we want to thank all of the volunteers who participated in Rebuilding Day 2013!

The day was a huge success and our volunteers completed amazing projects for deserving homeowners and their communities. Volunteers completed repairs in 23 homes and completed over a dozen community beautification projects in the Mid-Govans and Colgate neighborhoods of Baltimore. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported this great daythrough sponsorship, donations and in-kind contributions! Support from volunteers, corporate sponsors and donors  is critical to our success. We couldn’t do it without you!

Click here to go to our Facebook page and see photos of Rebuilding Day 2013. And keep checking back on Facebook. New photos are being uploaded daily this week. And “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on everything going on at Rebuilding Together Baltimore, including future projects and volunteer opportunities.

 Scroll down for just a few images from Rebuilding Day 2013

From L to R: RTB Vice President Laura Hartman,
RTB President Mike Kasun,
RTB AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator Eric Park
and State Delegate John Olszewski Jr. (6th District) in Colgate
From L to R: Joan Flynn (Loyola University Maryland), Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Delegate Mary Washington (43rd District), William Vondrasek (Chief of Parks, Baltimore Recreation and Parks) showing off their new RTB baseball caps in front of Dewees Recreation Center
Bill Henry and YRI
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (4th District), far left with the Loyola University York Road Initiative Gang, including RTB Board member Erin O’Keefe
Painting benches at Colgate Elementary
Volunteers painted storm drains to stop dumping in the Chesapeake Bay


Homeowners smiled

And Volunteers transformed Dewees Recreation Center

Dewees Before
Dewees primed by Loyola Volunteers
Volunteers painting Dewees Recreation Center
Quite a difference!


Do you have some great photos from Rebuilding Day?  We want to see them!  Please send them electronically to Eric Park at or send a CD in the mail to 5513 York Road, Baltimore, MD  21212 ATTN: Rebuilding Together Baltimore.

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