BUILD – Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development – is a broad-based community power organization, rooted in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and congregations. We are non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial, and dedicated to making our city a better place for all Baltimoreans to live and thrive. For more than 35 years, BUILD has worked to improve housing, increase job opportunities, and rebuild schools, among other issues. We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States.

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In March of 2014, BUILD completed the largest listening campaign in our history. Through individual and small group conversations with over 5,240 people who live, work, and worship in Baltimore, BUILD identified four top issues that will guide our work in the coming years:

1. Jobs and Employment

2. Crime and Safety

3. Youth Opportunities

4. Schools and Education

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Latest News & Updates

Education Tool: Understanding the Threat of Proposed Education Cuts

Get the details of the proposed $35 million state funding cut to Baltimore City Schools with the BUILD 2015 Education Cuts Presentation, by Rev. Andrew Foster Connors.

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Education Cuts Don’t Heal

BUILD Leaders Name the Deep Wounds that Cuts to City Schools Would Cause By BUILD,  Thursday February 19, 2015 When Jessica Ockimey, a single mother of 3 students in Baltimore City, learned about the governor’s proposed cuts to Baltimore Ciy Schools, She was “shocked at the enormous effect that these cuts would have on my [...]

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