Social injustice is very often at the root of unequal opportunity and outcomes for disadvantaged communities. In America, an expanding economic gap exacerbates the differences in social outcomes, particularly with the urban poor but increasingly throughout the shrinking middle class. The foundation dedicates resources to finding and scaling solutions that lead to more fulfilled lives and livelihoods, particularly in Baltimore. We aim to impact issues such as education, immigration, incarceration, employment, drug dependency, and racial bias. We are very mindful that deep-seeded social issues are not easy to change, that the change is hard to effectively measure, and that it takes much longer than hoped. Nevertheless, these parameters do not deter us from the challenges.
Internationally, we partner with organizations that strive to help people gain better access to health care and put into place higher levels of governmental accountability. These areas are legacies from our earlier years but continue to show need and promise.
Our Partners in Action: CASA de Maryland
CASA de Maryland strives to improve Latino and immigrant communities’ quality of life and ensure they have fair and ample opportunities to succeed. CASA provides employment placement; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training. The organization focuses on strengthening youth education, ensuring immigrants’ safety, and fostering economic prosperity. Through this work, CASA hopes to improve its members’ lives, ultimately leading to increased racial and social justice and a stronger, more visible, and vibrant Latino and immigrant working class.
The foundation supports many programs CASA runs out of its Baltimore Welcome Center, which will eventually be housed inside a 16,000-square-foot historic building. Over the past year, CASA’s programs involved 450 students in after-school activities, helped develop 380 students to be future leaders, and provided immigration education and legal assistance to more than 2,000 immigrants and community members. CASA also helped more than 2,100 workers find jobs.
What We Are Reading
Unequal access to information and knowledge in the digital age has made addressing the ever-widening economic gap even more challenging. The 10th annual Blueprint report by Lucy Bernholz explains her visions for civil society and social justice in a way that is easy to extrapolate, and as an added bonus, she includes important digital trends and 2019 predictions.