Sign up for Food Tours with the Community Action Network April 2015

Attention UMB Students: Sign up for FREE meal and walking tour of Historic Pigtown and Hollins Market!  The Community Action Network, UMB’s USGA, and UMB’s Office of Community Engagement are sponsoring four food tours in the month of April to show students the delicious cuisine and cultural hotspots located right next to campus! Participants will learn about the history of the neighborhood while receiving a progressive lunch or dinner as they are taken to the various restaurants in Hollins Market and Pigtown.

ALL you need to do to sign up is send an email to with your name, UMB school, phone number, and which food tour (date and time) you are interested in. You will get a response email if you are confirmed a spot and will receive further information regarding the tour as the date approaches. Spaces are limited (20 students per tour) and will fill up quickly so sign up TODAY!

Food tour dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Thursday, April 2: Pigtown Dinner Tour 5:00-7:00 PM

Monday, April 6: Pigtown Lunch Tour: 12:00-2:00 PM

Tuesday April 14: Hollins Dinner Tour 5:00-7:00 PM

Friday, April 17: Hollins Lunch Tour 12:00-2:00 PM

Most importantly, come HUNGRY!


Spring 2015 with the Community Action Network

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Spring Semester at UMB!

CAN had a busy Fall filled with activities and research for the CCBEL grant and putting on a fundraiser for CUPs Coffee House which raised nearly 9,000 dollars for the non profit workforce development organization located in Southwest Baltimore.

Below are some CAN accomplishments from Fall 2014:

  •  CAN’s Research Team completed 121 surveys in SW Baltimore regarding community student collaboration and engagement (through the CCBEL grant)
  • CAN’s Research Team completed 3 focus groups with over 20 community stakeholders in the SW Baltimore area (through CCBEL grant)
  • CUPs Team successfully put on Coffee and a Cause, selling nearly 200 tickets and raising $9,000 for CUPs (Thanks to UMB USGA as sponsors!)
  • CAN partnered with OASIS, SGA and other student groups at SSW to donate goods and volunteer hours to Project FEAST
  • Students from CAN volunteered at the Pigtown Mainstreet Festival in October 2014

This Spring 2015:

  • CAN’s Research Team will work to partner with and learn about student groups across the University to establish better communication and collaboration
  • CAN will be working with UMB website developers to publish a tool on UMB’s website to enhance student and community collaboration
  • CAN is partnering with The Office of Community Engagement to hold a Vendor Day at UMB where local vendors will share food samples with students and learn how to become an approved vendor at UMB through the procurement process
  • CAN will be putting on food tours in March and April: free lunch and walking food tour of restaurants and cultural hot spots in Southwest Baltimore open to all UMB students (sign ups are limited!)
  • CAN will be working to transition leadership to continuing students at UMB to carry CAN’s mission forward in future years

If you have ANY questions about CAN, please email Polly:, Megan: or Elizabeth,,

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back students! We cannot believe how quickly this summer flew by. Here are some updates about what CAN has been involved in over the past three months. Please go to calendars to see CAN’s fall meetings schedule. We are excited for a very busy and exciting year!

1. Over the past three months, CAN’s officers have been working diligently on their research project with Dr. Cohen Callow entitled, Making Connections: Community-University Collaboration in Southwest Baltimore. The project is funded with a grant from University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Center for Community Based Engagement and Learning. At this point, student and community researchers have been hired and the team is in the process of developing a survey that will be given to community members in Southwest Baltimore during the month of September!

2. SAVE THE DATE! The Second Annual Coffee and A Cause Fundraiser for CUPS Coffeehouse has been scheduled for December 6, 2014 at the SMC Campus Center from 10AM-2PM. Get excited for a morning of delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, silent auction, and most importantly donating to and learning more about a great organization!

3. One of CAN’s goals this year is to become an interdisciplinary organization. This means we are welcoming ANY student in any school at University of Maryland, Baltimore to join! Members can be involved in a variety of ways. The best way to keep updated is to join CAN’s email list. If you want to be a part of the email list and are not already, please email

We look forward to seeing everyone at our First Fall Meeting on Monday, September 8 at 12:15 in SSW Room 4E22!!

CAN Spring Semester Recap

The Community Action Network had a very busy spring semester!

First, the Interdisciplinary Team partnered with the School of Pharmacy to participate in the Script your Future campaign. They created and attended presentations on medication adherence and how social workers, pharmacists, and other disciplines can partner with each other to help increase adherence for all types of medication.

Second, the Community Action Map Team sponsored and ran two progressive lunches (aka food tours). One was in the Hollins Market area, and the other was in Pigtown. The turnout was great both times, and students from the majority of UM schools were represented.

Third, the CUPS team has already started planning the second annual Coffee and a Cause Fundraiser set tentatively for a weekend in October 2014.

Lastly, the Neighborhood Survey Team put together and applied for a grant in May from UMB Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning. If awarded the grant, CAN will be partnering with a community based organization to complete community based participatory research that investigates the best way to foster better relationships between the University and the surrounding Southwest Baltimore community. The team will find out if they received the grant by June 1st.

What an exciting spring semester for CAN! Congratulations to all of the 2014 graduates. The CAN officers are in the process of scheduling and planning meetings for the Fall Semester. Stay tuned for updates on the grant, and other meetings that will be held this summer.

Event Planning and Elections Meeting

This month’s CAN is meeting will provide all members the tools they need to successfully plan, implement and evaluate events at the school, and university levels.  If you hope to be an active member of a student organization, this is a meeting not to miss!

We’ll also be electing CAN’s leaders for the rest of the 2013-2014 year!


A $10 Brunch is the Best Deal on Campus

Coffee & a Cause

Coffee and a Cause

Saturday, October 26th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom
621 W. Lombard St
Baltimore, MD  21201

A full brunch featuring  waffles, a gourmet omelette bar, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, coffee by Zeke’s, seasonal fruits and so much more!  There will also be a silent auction featuring a signed Joe Flacco jersey and other hot ticket items.  Tickets start at just $10 for students!

All proceeds go to CUPs Coffeehouse, a nonprofit organization that provides workforce development programs and employment to at-risk youth in our communities.  To see more about the importance of confronting unemployment among young people of color, check out the video below created by more Baltimore youth.

This event is brought to you by:

The Community Action Network, The Alliance for Workforce Development & Empowerment, The University Student Government Association, and The Episcopal Community Services of Maryland

Buy your tickets now, while available!

Student tickets are only $10, thanks to the USGA! (Must show valid UMB ID at the door)

Other tickets start at just $17.