No. 7: Catholic Charities
( Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun / December 5, 2013 )
From high-profile annual events like its Dragon Boat race to everyday necessities like its soup kitchen program, Our Daily Bread, Catholic Charities performs hundreds of philanthropic tasks, helping people across the Baltimore region. Although it traces its work to America's first Catholic bishop in 1792, its mission always has extended to all faiths. The largest organization of its kind in Maryland, Catholic Charities has more than 100 locations where it serves the poor, the elderly and families in crisis, among others. "Working at Catholic Charities is truly a calling and you can see the compassion and pride that everyone has for our mission," one employee said of working for the charity. "The impact of the work we do for those we serve is evident each and every day."
In this photo: Kathleen Plocinik, Noreen Zar, center director, Mary Gunning, John Matthews-Bay, and Veranice Williams man a Head Start facility at St. Jerome's in Baltimore.