Community Programs

Crab Tank Pitch Competition

Five startup founders competed for a chance to win $25,000 in the second Crab Tank Startup Pitch Competition at Amplify 2022. Crab Tank, sponsored by M&T Bank was established to spotlight small to medium businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs in Baltimore. 

The 2022 Crab Tank Pitch Competition winner Susan Clayton is an entrepreneur and founder of White Paws Run Mitts. The company is branded as one of only two outdoor gear companies owned by a Black woman, that sales mitts designed to keep people’s hands warm while exercising in cold weather.  She says “Winning the Crab Tank showed me that a small business like mine has viability in the city and is scalable,”

Learn more about Susan here!

The Homecoming Hero Awards

The public nomination phase launched to identify individuals who have had a significant impact on Baltimore. Nominations were narrowed down by members of the Baltimore Homecoming host committee representing business, nonprofit, and community leaders, including past Homecoming Hero award winners. In selecting the top ten semi-finalists, the committee considered the various challenges the nominees address; their capacity to transform the lives of individuals; and the potential of the nominee’s work to create a new model for change. The five finalists were selected via a public online voting process. They shared their stories on stage at Amplify 2022, Baltimore Homecoming’s annual event and received a $3,000 cash prize.

Who are our Homecoming Heroes

Homecoming Heroes are community leaders, activists, artists, leaders of nonprofit organizations, small business owners, and innovators who have dedicated their lives to making Baltimore a better city every day. Their nominations and selections are entirely public, democratic selections – making this recognition one that bears the Homecoming name but is bestowed upon them by Baltimore itself. Heroes come from all walks of life and are bound by the tireless work they have chosen to benefit the people, families, and communities in which they are embedded.

2022 Homecoming Heroes

Steven Allbright: Chef and Culinary Director, Franciscan Center of Baltimore

Janet Glover-Kerkvliet: Director, Baltimore Job Hunters Support Group/Life Career Pivoters Inc.

Noah Smock: Executive Director, Baltimore Community Toolbank

Dorian Walker: Executive Director, Family Survivor Network, Inc.

Atiya Wells: CEO and Founder, Backyard Basecamp

Visit the Baltimore Sun webpage here to learn more about the 2022 Homecoming Heroes!

Baltimore Homecoming Field Trips

As part of the effort to spotlight the organizations uplifting the city, the Homecoming Field Trips took guests to visit several non-profits across the city. 

Baltimore’s Cultural Center Revitalized

This field trip toured West and Central Baltimore to meet several organizations addressing educational and socioeconomic gaps in the city. Guests will got an inside look of these historic hubs to see how they’ve been reshaped into new thriving resources. This trip will featured: Art with A Heart, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Unity Hall, and No Boundaries Coalition.

A Take On New Talent

This field trip toured East Baltimore to visit Project JumpStart at the revitalized Hoen & Co. Lithograph building, and Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) in the former King Cork & Seal building – two historic buildings that have been revitalized to support Baltimore’s workforce.

New Models of Community Collaboration

This field trip engaged with organizations that are bringing equity to underserved communities. Guests learned about a new collective model of philanthropy supporting Black-led organizations, and how a web of partners came together to bring Wi-Fi to the Brooklyn Community in South Baltimore. This tour featured Roca Baltimore, Baltimore Legacy Builders, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center at the B&O Railroad Museum, Catholic Charities, SBLC Learning Works, and United Way of Central Maryland.

The Campaign for Baltimore’s Heroes

The Campaign is dedicated to raising funds for the multiple organizations helping to build a brighter future for Baltimore. We’ve raised over 800k of our $1,000,000 goal for these organizations. Times have been difficult, but with the unwavering support of our network of leaders, changemakers, and alumni we can continue to strengthen our commitment to Baltimore. Join in contributing to our diverse network of people, programs, investors, and ideas making our city shine!

Baltimore Conversations

Baltimore Conversations is Baltimore Homecoming’s virtual content series where we highlight & connect some of our most interesting alumni and inspiring locals. 19 conversations featured over 60 panelists including 13 notable alumni, 19 local nonprofits, and 15 businesses. Check out our Vimeo page for more!