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    Fall 2016 Interchange

Fall 2016 Interchange Report: Miles White Beneficial Society Supports Children in Baltimore City

Annual Session 2016 photo by Jennifer Domenick

Mary Ellen Saterlie is the President of the Miles White Beneficial Society.
Submitted by Kathryn Pettus.

In response to recent turmoil in the city of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, board members of the Miles White Beneficial Society, a benevolent corporation, sought to find ways to make a difference in the lives of residents in neighborhoods that were beginning the long processes of rebuilding and renewal. How could a small charitable corporation contribute in a significant and meaningful way to these processes? The board, guided by the original purposes for which the Society was created, agreed to focus on contributing to the future well-being of the city of Baltimore by supporting summer programs for children in neighborhoods that bore the scars of the social and political unrest.

The Miles White Beneficial Society identified four organizations that were at work in Baltimore neighborhoods and extended invitations for proposals for funding that would specifically address needs and interests of children during the summer months. Quick responses from the organizations enabled the Society to award grants to the following programs:

Friend of a Friend, sponsored by The American Friends Service Committee, to support the Urban Gardening Program in Gilmore Homes.
Summer Camp, sponsored by the McKim Community Association, to create a Community of Care for children in the Jonestown neighborhood.
Out-of-School Summer Youth Program, sponsored by Unified Efforts and Fusion Partnerships, to provide academic and cultural enrichment activities for children in the Penn North and Sandstone neighborhoods.
Quaker Camp at Opequon, sponsored by Baltimore SRIDE (Supporting Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments) of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, to provide camping experiences for children of diverse backgrounds.

Annual Session 2016 photo by Jennifer Domenick

The four neighborhoods that benefitted from the grants – Gilmore Homes, Jonestown, Penn North, and Sandstone – are among the areas that were most deeply affected by the results of recent disquiet in Baltimore.

Miles White, a Baltimore Friend, founded the Beneficial Society in 1874 for educational, charitable, and beneficial purposes to serve young and needy citizens in the city of Baltimore. White had for many years been a benefactor of humanitarian causes, but two years before his death he established the legal entity that became the Miles White Beneficial Society of Baltimore City and provided a generous endowment for its work. For 137 years, the Society continued its work as a self-perpetuating organization, awarding grants to educational institutions and charities and awarding scholarships for undergraduate studies. In 2011, the Beneficial Society became a supporting organization under the auspices of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Now 142 years after its founding, the Society continues to be inspired by the legacy of its founder Miles White and works diligently to fulfill his vision of service and support to people and communities.

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