St. Francis Neighborhood Center
The St. Francis Reader, Monthly Newsletter
April 2014

Bike Party Finish Line Festival Comes to Reservoir Hill! 


This Friday, April 25 the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, Whitelock Community Farm, Councilman Nick Mosby and the newly formed Mount Royal CDC are joining with the Baltimore Bike Party to bring the Finish Line Festival to the Mount Royal District from 7 to 11 pm at Whitelock St. between Linden Ave. and Brookfield Ave.  


In an attempt to show off the beautiful and historic neighborhood to Baltimore City residents and bring Reservoir Hill community members together, the Finish Line Festival will feature music, food trucks, Heavy Seas beer, farm-themed carnival games including a pepper eating contest, a butternut squash ring toss, a dunking booth and more. The Bike Party will arrive around 9 pm and attendees will watch as hundreds of cyclists take over the Mount Royal District. Attendees are encouraged to dress the part in their best "farm chic" attire -  overalls, top hats and feather boas!


Proceeds from the event will fund the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, Whitelock Community Farm, the Mount Royal CDC and the Baltimore Bike Party. For more information, please see our Facebook invite.

Congratulations to Our April Volunteer of the Month!

Natalie Neill is our April Volunteer of the Month! Natalie began volunteering with us earlier this year and has already made a significant impact on everyone at St. Francis. She has impressed the staff with her dependability by showing up for all her volunteer shifts, her willingness to jump in and help and her ability to bond with the students.
When the St. Francis staff votes for our volunteer of the month, we base our decision on the following criteria: length of time with us, attendance and dependability and going above and beyond.  Below are some wonderful things the staff said about Natalie:
  • Natalie is very dependable and is easy to show where to go!  
  • She definitely goes above and beyond to help out and engage with the kids.
  • When the bus was late to pick up the kids at the end of a busy day, I stayed outside with the students until the bus came. At about 6:20 pm, one of the kids started talking loudly in the computer lab and I went in to check it out and the whole time Natalie had been in the computer lab watching over the students. I didn't have to ask her to stay, she just did it!
  • Jenna and Jessica both had to leave exactly at 6 pm on evening and Natalie knew we needed the help and just stayed without being asked. To me that is a great volunteer
  • Natalie fills in extra shifts when we have a need and that goes a long way for me!
  • Natalie is awesome to work with. I see the impression she makes on our kids and I'm really proud and inspired by her ability to engage with them. 

If you're interested in volunteering please contact us at and check our website at and our Facebook page for more stories!



We're Gearing Up for the 2014 Summer of Service Excursion!

The Summer of Service Excursion, our free service learning development program for youth ages 5 to 14, begins Monday, July 7 and ends Thursday, August 14. The hours are 9:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. 

The purpose of the Summer of Service Excursion is to engage Baltimore City youth in service learning and civic engagement. Some of the issues that will be explored include homelessness, gardening/greening, animal abuse and healthy living.

We are looking for volunteers to work with our summer interns and engage with our youth. People who enjoy working with children are encouraged to apply. The hours are flexible.Volunteers can work for the whole day or part of the day. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Volunteer MD Coordinator William Drew at


We're also taking enrollment applications for the summer program. Youth who live in the 21217 zip code are welcome to apply by emailing Torbin Green, Program Manager at


Upcoming Events

Don't miss these fun events coming up in April and May
  • Every Monday at 9 am We are pleased to announce we are working with Corpus Christi to distribute free groceries to Reservoir Hill neighborhood membersPlease note: you must live in Reservoir Hill to qualify for this program.
  • Wednesdays in April, May and June - The current yoga session runs through April 23. The next class schedule is May 7, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 18. Classes start promptly at 6:30 pm.
  • Friday, April 25 from 7 to 11 pm on Whitelock Ave. - Join us along with Councilman Nick Mosby, Mount Royal CDC and Whitelock Community Farm for an evening of fun with the Bike Party! We'll have music, food, beer and wine and entertainment for the community. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday, April 26 Mentors are invited to join staff for the first session of the "Mentor Talk" series. This session will cover "The Art of Listening" and starts at 6:30 pm.
  • Thursday, May 1 at 4 pm - Community grocery pick up day with our volunteer Sam Hawkins. Groceries are first come, first served.
  • Tuesday, May 13 - Volunteer Appreciation Day! Details to come!
  • Thursday, May 22 - Family Engagement Night for the Power Project. Families will learn about energy conservation with a BGE representative. Event starts at 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 29 - Last day of the 2013-2014 after school program. The Summer of Service program will start Monday, July 7.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
2405 Linden Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217  
Christi Green, Executive Director 
Bridget Blount, Associate Program Manager
William Drew, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator 
Jessica Childress, Teaching Intern
Jenna Gray, Teaching Intern
Torbin Green, Program Manager
Stephanie Neal, Communication Outreach Manager
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