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

MD IAF turns out over 1000 leaders for Accountability Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates

IAF activists to Md. gov. candidates: We want a public relationship, not a ‘booty call’. Check out the Washington Post coverage of our recent action as leaders from BUILD (Baltimore City & County) and sister Industrial Areas Foundation organizations PATH (Howard Co.) and AIM (Montgomery Co.) demand a response from gubernatorial candidates to their 5000 [...]

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MD IAF Gubernatorial Accountability Forum: Wednesday, May 14th, 7-9 PM, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church

Our Listening Campaign Requires a Response from our Gubernatorial Candidates! BUILD has listened to over 5,000 residents throughout Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. Please join us as the Gubernatorial Candidates respond to the top issues we heard. Leaders from BUILD (Baltimore City and County) and sister Industrial Areas Foundation organizations PATH (Howard County) and [...]

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