Operations

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Operation Oliver

Mission: Revitalize Oliver through aggressive act-now initiatives and strategic community partnerships.

How it started: On July 11, 2011, The 6th Branch organized and led a multi-organizational project of over 200 volunteers from around the country, including over 100 veterans, as part of the Pat Tillman Foundation’s annual Leadership Summit Day of Service. Following this event, The 6th Branch and Come Home Baltimore announced a long-term commitment to service in Oliver.  Since then, Operation Oliver has delivered countless hours of community service that have lead to the creation of the Bethel St. Playscape, the Oliver Community Farm, and many other local projects.

 

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Operation Ambrose Kennedy

Mission:  Rebuild and revitalize Ambrose Kennedy Park, which lies in East Baltimore’s Johnston Square community.

How it started:  Ambrose Kennedy Park was once a thriving hub of activity and center of gravity for Johnston Square community members, but unfortunately has long since succumbed to decades of overgrowth and municipal neglect.  On January 20, 2014, the 6th Branch initiated Operation Ambrose Kennedy in conjunction with the Johnston Square community and the Build organization on our annual MLK Day of Service.  Our goal is to return Ambrose Kennedy Park to community members as a recreational resource and place of prominence in Johnston Square.

 

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The Oliver Community Farm

Mission:   Convert an empty city lot in East Baltimore into a sustainable source of healthy produce.

How it started:  The Oliver neighborhood, and many other like it in East Baltimore, has been identified as an area in which residents lack reasonable access to healthy food. In Oliver corner liquor stores and fast-food restaurants are the predominant option for food shopping for many families. Founded the summer of 2013, the Oliver Community Farm is a community-based resource designed to provide extremely fresh, healthy produce from within so that Oliver may begin to address this dilemma of food insecurity.

 

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MLK Day of Service

Mission:  Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service.

How it started:  On January 21st, 2012 The 6th Branch hosted a community clean-up in Oliver to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which had recently been declared a National Day of Service. We were joined by approximately 150 volunteers from across the region and removed over 80 cubic yards of litter, dumped trash, and overgrowth from the neighborhood, and celebrated the day with many new friends who would become close members of The 6th Branch family. MLK Day of Service is now one of our signature annual events, an opportunity for anyone and everyone from individual community members to university student groups to corporate partners to dig in and work together to affect positive change in our shared community, in honor of a great man.

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9/11 Together We Serve

Mission:  Quarterly days of service in the East Baltimore community in partnership with BGE, CareFirst, Constellation Energy, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, Under Armour, and Wells Fargo.

How it started:  On September 11, 2012, The 6th Branch was joined by employee volunteers from six of Baltimore’s most prominent corporations for a community clean-up in Oliver in celebration of the National Day of Service. Similar to The 6th Branch’s commitment to the Oliver neighborhood, these companies were not satisfied with one volunteer event, and decided show their commitment by periodically returning to Oliver in order to do the most good and have the biggest impact. Thus began the Together We Serve partnership, a quarterly opportunity for these incredibly generous companies to get out and serve with us in contribution to the revitalization of the neighborhoods in which they work.

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Warrior Wednesdays

Originally organized and hosted by The Americana in Canton, Warrior Wednesday is an opportunity for veterans and supporters of our community to meet up during Happy Hour and enjoy discounted drinks and other menu items as determined by the host establishment. Heavy Seas Alehouse will graciously host Warrior Wednesdays for the next few months until July, at which point we will transition to a different establishment in the city. Although The 6th Branch has assumed the responsibility of organizing and promoting this weekly event, ALL BALTIMORE CITY VETERANS AND SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED, regardless of affiliation. T6B is one of many outstanding veterans organizations in Baltimore – all of which are extremely beneficial to our community, and it is our goal to provide this networking opportunity for the benefit of all.  Join this event page to stay informed of weekly venues and deals!

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Semper Fridays

Semper Friday is an open call for volunteers that occurs each and every Friday from 2pm-6pm. This is a great opportunity to knock off school or work early to grab a shovel with T6B! Join us in the hard work of transforming the public spaces of East Baltimore into safe and productive community resources. Bethel St. Playscape, Oliver Community Farm, Ambrose Kennedy Park… it’s all going into the rotation so join this event page and we’ll keep you posted!

Previous Events

  • MLK Day of Service 1.19.15

    MLK Day of Service 1.19.15

    Our 4th annual Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us in support...

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  • Ambrose Kennedy Park Saturday Clean-up

    Monthly volunteer opportunity on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Join T6B and Re-Build Johnston Square in the regular maintenance...

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  • Ambrose Kennedy Park Saturday Clean-up

    Monthly volunteer opportunity on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Join T6B and Re-Build Johnston Square in the regular maintenance...

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  • Make a Difference Day 10.25.14

    Make a Difference Day 10.25.14

    Make a Difference Day is a national day of Service. Join us at Ambrose Kennedy Park as we continue renovations...

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  • JHU President’s Day of Service 10.11.14

    JHU President’s Day of Service 10.

    Join T6B and JHU for the 6th annual day of service, a university-wide day of service named for JHU President Daniels....

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  • 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge 10.11.14

    3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge 10.11.14

    The Imagination Foundation hosts an annual Global Day of Play as part of our Global Cardboard Challenge, inviting the world to play while...

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  • Together We Serve 9.11.14

    Together We Serve 9.11.14

    The third installment of our annual Together We Serve 9/11 day of service in remembrance of the tragic events of...

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  • Semper Friday with Under Armour

    Semper Friday with Under Armour

    We look forward to linking up with some friends from Under Armour for a Semper Friday afternoon of community service!...

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  • Wounded Warrior Project

    Wounded Warrior Project

    We look forward to linking up with some warriors from WWP for a Semper Friday afternoon of community service!...

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  • Freshening up the Bethel St. Playscape

    Freshening up the Bethel St. Playscape

    We’re hosting volunteers from Planit and our friends from Towson University PoliSci, as well as our Semper Friday faithful. The...

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  • Deloitte Impact Day

    Deloitte Impact Day

    Employees from Deloitte’s Baltimore and Washington D.C. offices join us for the third year in a row for their Impact...

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  • Together We Serve 6.11.14

    Together We Serve 6.11.14

    Quarterly installment service project with our Together We Serve partners...

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  • Keller Williams RED Day 5.8.14

    Keller Williams RED Day 5.8.14

    Introduced in 2009, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty?s annual day of service....

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  • CCBC Student Veterans 4.27.14

    CCBC Student Veterans 4.27.14

    We’re looking forward to serving alongside fellow veterans from all three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County....

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  • Semper Friday 4.4.14

    Semper Friday 4.4.14

    More basic clean-up, some demo work, and we established a plan of attack for the remaining section of the park...

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  • Warrior Wednesday 3.19.14

    Warrior Wednesday 3.19.14

    Warrior Wednesday is back! Originally organized and hosted by The Americana in Canton, Warrior Wednesday is an opportunity for veterans and supporters...

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  • USNA Grabs A Shovel 3.1.14

    USNA Grabs A Shovel 3.1.14

    Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy on deck at Ambrose Kennedy Park. Planting shrubs and rose bushes, asphalt removal, tire...

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  • Urban Farmer for a Day 2.22.14

    Urban Farmer for a Day 2.22.14

    The Johns Hopkins American Medical Association is partnering with The 6th Branch to invite you to become an Urban Farmer for a...

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  • BOMF Grabs a Shovel 2.8.14

    BOMF Grabs a Shovel 2.8.14

    #T6B and our favorite friends Back on My Feet Baltimore are back together again! BoMF runs these streets and they’ll be striding...

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  • MLK Day of Service 1.20.14

    MLK Day of Service 1.20.14

    On Janunary 20, 2014, The 6th Branch will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with...

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  • BOP Fruit Tree Planting 11.24.13

    BOP Fruit Tree Planting 11.24.13

    Join us in planting 50 fruit trees in Oliver, courtesy of the Baltimore Orchard Project!...

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  • Veterans Day of Service 11.9.13

    Veterans Day of Service 11.9.13

    This year, T6B will celebrate Veterans Day by hosting Baltimore-area veterans for a service project at historic American Legion Post...

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  • National Day of Play 10.5.13

    National Day of Play 10.5.13

    Last year the first annual Oliver Day of Play was a huge success, with over 50 kids in attendance getting...

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  • Together We Serve 9.11.13

    Together We Serve 9.11.13

    We believe that there is no better way to recognize those who were lost as a result of the attacks...

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  • Oliver Farm Stand 9.8.13

    Oliver Farm Stand 9.8.13

    The Farm Stand offers fresh, healthy produce to residents of Oliver and neighboring communities thanks to our partner Gather Baltimore. We...

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    Baltimore Lightning 6.15.13

    On June 15th, 2013, The 6th Branch celebrated the completion of our first major project: The Bethel Street Garden and...

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  • Keller Williams RED Day 5.9.13

    Keller Williams RED Day 5.9.13

    For the second year in a row, T6B will be supporting RED Day at Dr. Bernard Harris. We’ll be providing...

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  • Together We Serve 3.14.13

    Together We Serve 3.14.13

    On March 14th we will host volunteers from the “Big 6” for the second installment of Together We Serve, a...

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  • Oliver Fun Day 6.15.13

    Oliver Fun Day 6.15.13

    Help us officially celebrate the completion and opening of the community project on the 1500 block of Bethel Street in...

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  • MLK Day of Service 1.20.13

    MLK Day of Service 1.20.13

    Thank you to everybody who came out and volunteered! You gave Oliver a much needed “facelift”, removing over 120 cu....

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  • OpOliver Winterfest 12.19.12

    OpOliver Winterfest 12.19.12

    Oliver Winterfest is an annual event organized by the Oliver Recreation Center. The 6th Branch along with other volunteers, friends...

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  • Goucher Men’s Soccer 12.1.12

    Goucher Men’s Soccer 12.1.12

    Our volunteers accomplished so much!  40 yards of trash were collected from illegal dump sites around the periphery of the neighborhood, as per...

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    Together We Serve 9.11.12

    With the help of our partners Constellation Energy, BGE, Under Armour, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Legg Mason, and T. Rowe Price,...

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    All Hands On Deck 8.18.12

    Join The 6th Branch, Veteran Artist Program, and the Come Home Baltimore Foundation for Operation Oliver 8.18.12, in partnership with...

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    PTLS Day of Service II 7.23.12

    On July 11th 2011, for a day of service in conjunction with the Pat Tillman Legacy Summit, over 100 Tillman...

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    Bethel Street Garden 6.30.12

    We went into the day with a great plan of attack for the day’s service project, but like all great plans,...

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    Impact Day of Service 6.8.12

    On June 8th, The 6th Branch and our Operation Oliver partners teamed with a volunteer group from Deloitte, which held a nationwide...

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    Aetna @ Oliver 5.19.12

    On May 19th The 6th Branch was joined by a wonderful team of volunteers from Aetna for a service project...

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    Operation Oliver 5k 4.28.12

    The first Operation Oliver 5k was held on April 28, 2012 beginning in Clifton Park and ending in Oliver at...

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    Clean Community Competition 4.21.12

    On April 21, 2012, in conjunction with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s “Clean Community Competition,” The Sixth Branch, VAP, and the Come...

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  • Mrs. Lawson’s House 4.15.12

    Mrs. Lawson’s House 4.15.12

    On April 15th, The 6th Branch and Come Home Baltimore Foundation were joined by students from the University of Baltimore...

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    Eco-Hustle 4.14.12

    Black is the New Green’s “Eco-Hustle” On April 14, 2012 The 6th Branch and Come Home Baltimore lent a hand...

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  • JVC Big Mural 4.1.12

    JVC Big Mural 4.1.12

    Jewish Volunteer Connection and THE ASSOCIATED’s Sustainability Initiative joined us for a large-scale beautification project at our “Big Mural” site.  Hundreds of feet of...

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  • Tree-Mendous Maryland 3.24.12

    Tree-Mendous Maryland 3.24.12

    On March 24th 2012, The 6th Branch was joined by students from Stevenson University’s Service Corps and Towson University’s chapter of...

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  • Buffalo State College 3.19.12

    Buffalo State College 3.19.12

    On March 19th, students from Buffalo State College, joined us to take part in Operation Oliver. They viewed the Pentagon Channel’s documentary and received...

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  • Alternate Spring Break 2.26.12

    Alternate Spring Break 2.26.12

    On February 26, 2012 The 6th Branch welcomed the Alternative Spring Break group from the Community College of Baltimore County...

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  • Alpha Kappa Alpha 2.4.12

    Alpha Kappa Alpha 2.4.12

    On February 4, 2012 The 6th Branch was joined yet again by Stevenson University students and their Alpha Kappa Alpha –...

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    MLK Day of Service 1.16.12

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012, The 6th Branch, Come Home Baltimore & Veteran Program were joined by more...

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  • Hollbrook Expansion 12.10.11

    Hollbrook Expansion 12.10.11

    On December 10, 2011 The 6th Branch, Veteran Artist Program, and Come Home Baltimore were joined by groups from Stevenson...

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  • Baltimore BORN 12.3.11

    Baltimore BORN 12.3.11

    On December 3, 2011 The 6th Branch brought the boys from Baltimore BORN to the campus of Loyola University Maryland...

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  • Stevenson University 11.19.11

    Stevenson University 11.19.11

    On November 19, 2011 the Stevenson University Service Corps joined The 6th Branch yet again to continue beautification efforts in...

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  • Veterans Day of Service 11.11.11

    Veterans Day of Service 11.11.11

    On Veterans Day, November 11, 2011 The 6th Branch invited Gunnery Sergeant Stuart Shine to speak to the boys of...

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  • Grads & Airmen 11.5.11

    Grads & Airmen 11.5.11

    On November 5, 2011 The 6th Branch welcomed Airmen & Airwomen from Joint Airbases McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst, the Stevenson University Volunteer Corps,...

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  • Foreign Exchange Students 11.1.11

    Foreign Exchange Students 11.1.11

    On November 1, 2011 The 6th Branch welcomed 15 Coppin State exchange students who were visiting America for the first...

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  • Coppin State University 10.25.11

    Coppin State University 10.25.11

    On October 25, 2011 The 6th Branch was joined by Coppin State University’s Student Volunteer Corps (CSU SVC) for an...

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    VAP & One Green Home 10.22.11

    On October 22nd, Operation Oliver continued the efforts from previous projects and moved forward with the revitalization of two major...

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    Operation Oliver Kickoff 10.1.11

    Over 200 volunteers, many of whom are veterans, gathered at the corner of Bond & Hoffman on a brisk Saturday...

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    PTLS Day of Service 7.11.11

    Early in 2011, The Pat Tillman Foundation asked The 6th Branch cofounders, both Tillman Military Scholars, to use The 6th Branch to...

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  • Ronald McDonald House 9.4.10

    Ronald McDonald House 9.4.10

    On September 4, 2010, The Sixth Branch stopped by the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House to provide dinner for its house guests. The...

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    Autism Awareness 8.12.10

    On August 12th, 2010, The 6th Branch hosted their first major fundraising event. It was a night of support for The...

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  • Tree Planting at Druid Hill 5.25.10

    Tree Planting at Druid Hill 5.25.10

    On May 25th, 2010 the 6th Branch joined forces with Tree Baltimore and the Jones Fall Watershed Association to help...

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  • A Weekend of Service 5.15.10

    A Weekend of Service 5.15.10

    On May 15 and 16, 2010, the Sixth Branch participated in two monument clean-ups in service to our veteran forefathers....

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