Nearly one in four children in Maryland and DC are lost in the after-school-time abyss. So at eighteen sites in Maryland and one in DC, SWE reaches some 3,500 kids with over 100 free programs and 24 free summer and school break camps, offering everything from expressive arts and healthy cooking to STEM and sports all interwoven with service learning. In March 2020, together with its partners and teams of volunteers, SWE launched a program to respond to the hunger emergency in historically marginalized communities hard hit by the pandemic. Now a core initiative, it delivers food to affordable housing complexes, homeless shelters, churches, and community rooms. A walk-up food pantry serves thousands of meals each day and stocks baby goods, clothing, books, snacks, toys, and educational materials for children. Serve kids, serve the community, and help kids serve the community: light the spark.

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Budget (FY2023)

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