Penn-North Safe Zone kids take on Baltimore City Hall, push for more funding
6:15 PM, Aug 26, 2015
BALTIMORE - The Penn-North Kids Safe Zone is working to give West Baltimore Kids a better chance at success, but to do that, it says it needs more funding from Baltimore City and other donors.
Penn-North Community Resource Center Director Ericka Allston said she sent seven e-mails inviting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to visited the Kids Safe Zone. However, according to Allston, all the e-mails went ignored.
In the 8th e-mail, Allston told the Mayor she would walk with 100 kids from Penn-North to City Hall to get their voices heard. The next day, hours later, a deputy mayor and two deputy directors from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods arrived with an invite to City Hall.
On Wednesday, vans arrived at the Safe Zone to take the kids to City Hall. They sat in on the Board of Estimates meeting, then they had a picnic out on the City Hall front lawn with the mayor.
The Penn-North Kids Safe Zone has helped over 3,000 kids since opening in June. To date, it has raised over $5,000. To keep the program running, it needs about $200,000 annually.