About UsThe Village Parents was started in 2009 by two moms who wanted to help Charles Village families feel more closely connected, enjoy the benefits of living in a close-knit urban community, and become more invested in our neighborhood public schools, Barclay and Margaret Brent. The conversation began when they met at a local park and continued with an initial meeting of about 15 parents a few weeks later, when the group was officially launched. Since then, Village Parents has begun a neighborhood-wide list serve currently serving over 300 families; we've organized lots of social events and playgroups; we've hosted several urban education discussion series featuring experts and visionaries in the field; and we've partnered with other local organizations and institutions, including Johns Hopkins, to strengthen the neighborhood. We've also helped families to get more acquainted with the schools through tours, positive marketing efforts, and old-fashioned conversations in the park. We've seen steadily increasing enrollment in the schools among our member families since 2011, and we hope that trend will continue in years to come as more families choose to move to and stay in Charles Village. Please join our efforts to make this neighborhood a welcoming place for families.
Cheap goods for a great cause!
Saturday, May 12 (Rain date: May 19)
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get ready for one of the city’s best annual sidewalk sales! All across Charles Village, residents will be selling their furniture, gadgets, baby clothes, toys, books, and much more! Proceeds from the seller registration fee will go to supporting the Village Parents, dedicated to making Charles Village a great place to raise a family.
Maps available sale day at:
Eddie’s Market (3117 St. Paul St.)
Terra Cafe (101 E. 25th St.)
Individual sellers’ homes
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please join us for a panel discussion featuring parents from Federal Hill Prep, Roland Park and Mt. Washington who worked to transform their neighborhood public schools into attractive options for all neighborhood families. Panelists include Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s Judy O’Brien, Johns Hopkins director of community affairs Salem Reiner, and others.
When: April 25, refreshments at 7pm, panel at 7:30
Where: Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul (tentative)
Who: All parents/caregivers who are considering school options for their kids. We think this will be an extremely beneficial discussion and we encourage both parents to attend if possible. Childcare may be provided for a small fee. Please email email@example.com if you are attending and are interested in childcare.
Survey: In order for us to tailor the discussion to the particular concerns and desires of our community, we ask that everyone who plans to attend (and those who can’t attend but have an opinion on Charles Village education options) to please fill out a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LLJNZHC. Your response by Friday, April 20, is appreciated.
It’s Back! Support families in Greater Charles Village by participating in The Village Parents’ Second Annual Greater Charles Village “Junk” Hunt!
Saturday, May 12 (Rain date: May 19)
Sale begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 p.m.
It’s back! Charles Village’s best sidewalk sale event is gearing up for a second year of cheap goods for a good cause. For a flat $15 fee, you can unload your basement build-up during this highly publicized, neighborhood-wide event, and at the same time raise money for the Village Parents (www.charlesvillageparents.org), an organization of Charles Villagers working hard to make this neighborhood a great place to raise a family.*
To Register: Please visit the Eventbrite Page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Greater Charles Village Junk Hunt?
It’s a neighborhood-wide sidewalk sale, coordinated across Greater Charles Village with great publicity.
What do I have to do to sell items in the sale?
- Sign up here and pay a $15 registration fee per address (a portion of your $15 will be tax deductible). Your address will be marked on our exclusive Junk Hunt map.
- On the day of the sale, set your items out for sale in front of your house/apartment. You operate your sale like you normally would. We will provide you with maps to hand out to your customers to cross-promote sales with other neighbors.
- Sell lots of stuff!
Why should I participate in this sale instead of having my own sale?
Village Parents is providing all of the coordination to attract a larger buying audience. The more sellers that participate, the more buyers will be attracted. ‘
Village Parents will take care of all the advertising (Sun, City Paper, Craigslist).
Village Parents will make maps that will be distributed to each participant to cross-promote our sidewalk sale.
The more people that participate, the more bargain hunters we attract, the more stuff we sell.
We’ll arrange for a charity (most likely Disabled American Veterans) to pick up your unsold/unwanted items so you don’t have to worry about arranging that yourself. You may opt out of charity pickup if you’d like.
It’s a win-win! You are donating to an organization that is working to make Greater Charles Village a more family-friendly neighborhood AND you benefit from the marketing boost and extra foot traffic that comes with a HUGE neighborhood-wide sale!
How is Village Parents going to use the $15 participation fee?
The participation fee will first cover the cost of advertising and printing signs for the event. The remainder of the fee will be used to toward Village Parents events that support families and our local public schools.
Hold on a minute. I’ve never heard of Village Parents. Who are you people?
Village Parents is a group of parents in the Greater Charles Village area are who are dedicated to making our neighborhood more family-friendly. We want to see the neighborhood have great activities for kids, great open spaces, and great schools. Check out our website at www.charlesvillageparents.org. You can also follow us on Facebook – Village Parents page or Twitter @CVPARENTS.
Contact Laura Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-889-1530.
*Additional details are available on our website and our Facebook page. Village Parents is sponsored by the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A portion of your $15 registration fee will be tax deductible. Proceeds go to support the Village Parent social activities.
The Village Parents 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns on March 31st at 4pm. Join your neighbor families at the Abell Open Space for lots of Easter fun and treats!
We are excited to announce the event schedule for 5th Annual Neighborhood Institute!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
9 AM – 3:30 PM
The Inn at the Colonnade
4 W. University Parkway, Baltimore MD 21218
It is going to be a full day of engaging workshops, exciting panelists, community building and Neighborhood Pride! Look through the schedule below (or here) and decide what workshops you want to attend! Pick and choose what fits your neighborhood and needs best! If you can’t make it to everything you want, you can compare notes with others during lunch.
A few weeks ago Village Parents hosted a panel for current parents for Margaret Brent and Barclay students at the Village Learning Place. It was the first opportunity that many of the parents who enrolled at the schools this year have had to share their experiences with others and to answer questions about the successes and challenges.
It was really great to share and to hear what others had to say. Thank you to everyone who came and participated in this important event. Thank you to Johns Hopkins for providing the refreshment and to the VLP for letting us use their space! Last but not least thanks to all the dedicated members of Village Parents who worked hard to plan a great event.
If you couldn’t make it to the event you can watch it via YouTube. Below are parts I and II. Parts III and IV will post in the next few days. Please let us know if you have any technical difficulties.
Village Parents is offering a family photo fundraising event on November 5, 2011 at the Village Learning Place. For $50 ($40 of which is tax deductable), your family will receive a 20 minute session with Village Parent and amateur photographer Ché Hale. At the end of the session, you will receive electronic copies of all photos taken during the session without needing to worry about package deals or print sizes. You can then email, facebook or have prints or cards created at the photo processor of your choice (think holiday cards!). You get to support Village Parents and have family photos at the same time! Proceeds will support the work of Village Parents, including our free family events and speaker panel events we hold throughout the year.
We had a lot of fun visiting the residents of Keswick Multi-Care Center with all the tots in costumes. Thanks to all the adorable participants!
Support Village Parents and get family photos just in time for holiday cards!
Village Parents is offering a family photo fundraising event on November 5, 2011 at the Village Learning Place. For $50 ($40 of which is tax deductable), your family will receive a 20 minute session with Village Parent and amateur photographer Ché Hale. At the end of the session, you will receive electronic copies of all photos taken during the session without needing to worry about package deals or print sizes. You can then email, facebook or have prints or cards created at the photo processor of your choice. You get to support Village Parents and have family photos at the same time! Proceeds will support the work of Village Parents, including our free family events and speaker panel events we hold throughout the year.
Sign up for your session online at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/9523456448209220107. We only have time for 10 families, so hurry and sign up so you don’t miss this great opportunity! If you have questions or problems signing up online, please feel free to contact Stephanie Cosgrove at email@example.com or at 443.759.5686 or Debra Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410.209.9184. Bring your payment on the day of the photo event. We will accept credit cards but would prefer check or cash.
To see examples of Che’s work, please follow this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edgar1992/sets/72157625543146748
Tips for photos:
Coordinated (not matching) clothing is recommended. Primary shooting will be on white
seamless background, which works very well with white tops and blue jeans; avoid extreme
colors, prints and logos.
Thank you for your support!