Community Involvement

Agora Inc. isn’t just in Mount Vernon, it’s part of Mount Vernon — and Baltimore, too! We’re always looking for ways to get involved with our neighbors and give something back to the community. Here are just a few examples:

First Thursdays

Agora supports First Thursdays in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month starting in May and ending in October. As a company incentive all employees are invited to enjoy free food and refreshments at Agora’s building. Everyone is welcome to attend the local concert sponsored by Maryland’s WTMD Radio Station in front of the Washington Monument.

Flower Mart

Mount Vernon’s annual Flower Mart is about more than just roses and tulips — as our employees can attest. It is an event we look forward to and we support this festival every year by lending out 14W Mount Vernon Place building for the Judge’s Breakfast event.  http://www.flowermart.org/index.html

“Summer Entertainment in the Parks”

Agora, Inc., helped sponsor Friends of Mount Vernon’s outdoor movie festival every Wednesday in August and July 2010. The company wanted to be highlighted for their donation to Where the Wild Things Are. The movies are projected onto an inflatable screen in the East Park, and admission is absolutely free. For more information about movies and Friends of Mt. Vernon, visit www.FriendsOfMtVernonPlace.org.

Baltimore Book Festival

As you might expect, Baltimore’s annual Book Festival is a great opportunity to introduce the neighborhood to our many published works. Visitors to our tent in 2010 had the chance to pick up bestsellers like I.O.U.S.A., Empire of Debt, and Automatic Wealth for Grads.

Habitat for Humanity

Agora affiliate Stansberry & Associates has been involved in Habitat for Humanity since the fall of 2005. They helped build a home for a three-generation Baltimore family — a mother, daughter and granddaughter. They finished work in May 2006 and presented the key to the happy family.

Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity

Stansberry & Associates has been involved with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity since 2005. S&A was the sponsor of a house located in the community. This home was part of a neighborhood revitalization effort, where a cluster of vacant homes located along the same street, were rehabilitated.

Construction work began on the house in the fall of 2005 and continued through the winter and into the spring of 2006. Stansberry employees took part in several full days of volunteer work at the construction site, doing everything from demolition to painting… and we all made it out alive!

In May of 2006, after months of hard labor, CHFH and Stansberry handed over the keys to new homeowner, Shirleen, her daughter and granddaughter.

Stansberry has continued to support CHFH over the years by being a monetary sponsor of their main fundraising event, Chesapeake Habitat Harvest. This gala takes place every fall and has provided CHFH with an average of $60,000 each year.  Stansberry also has one employee who continues to volunteer as a member of the Events Committee, helping to raise funds through special events.

In hopes of really getting the community involved, CHFH is currently planning an outdoor festival, set to take place in the spring of 2010. The dream is to spread the word about CHFH’s work across Baltimore and to allow a larger number of people to be able to take part in a great fundraising event. CHFH hopes to make this event a staple in the Baltimore festival circuit, as well as the new center of their fundraising efforts.

Info about CHFH, donating, volunteering, and upcoming events can be found at: www.chesapeakehfh.org

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