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2019 Black History Month Community Leaders Awards Recipients

The Black History Month Community Leaders Awards recognizes Maryland-based, African American-founded organizations that provide volunteer service to improve Maryland communities for all. View photos from the event.

Recipients of the 2019 awards program are:

480 Club LLC (Montgomery County) serves students at two local school-based health wellness centers through social-emotional case management and curriculum-based programming. The organization also provides an after-school recreation program at local elementary and middle schools.

boys 2 MEN (Harford County) is a multicultural mentoring program for boys in grades 5 through 8, which focuses on academic excellence, character development, collaborative sports, and service through the support of male mentors.

BROTHERS (Brothers Reaching Out to Help Each Reach Success) (Montgomery County) was founded 30 years ago as a mentoring program for underserved male high school students. Through the program, the young men each dedicate hundreds of hours annually to serve the local community.

Concerned Black Women of Calvert County (Calvert County) was established to address the education, health, economic empowerment, and overall well-being of African American women and families.

The Extraordinary League of Gentlemen, Inc. (Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties) was created to establish a network of volunteers dedicated to providing essential resources to underserved communities with a focus on the Lower Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.

The Joel Gamble Foundation (Baltimore City and County) strives to create a space where all children have the resources, knowledge, opportunities, and desire to achieve their full potential.

The Lazarus Rite, Inc. (Baltimore City and surrounding region) provides formerly incarcerated men and women with re-entry, workforce development, skill certification programs, and a healthy network to help them achieve sustainable employment and reduce recidivism.

Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (statewide) hosts several programs to serve those in need including a male mentoring program, Thanksgiving meals for homeless individuals, bicycle donations for kids, and more.

Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (statewide) installs volunteer-run barber shops and beauty salons in community agencies and schools to serve low-income youth and adults unable to afford regular grooming services.

Roberta’s House (Baltimore City, Prince George’s County) offers a comprehensive bereavement support program to heal the “hearts and minds” of children and teens along with their families.