Help BENI Bring Positive Change to Belair-Edison

Help BENI Bring Positive Change to Belair-Edison

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already coming to a close. With only a few more weeks before we ring in the New Year, you may be asking yourself if it’s too late to make a difference in the lives of others. We want to let you in on a little secret – you still have time and a great opportunity to make a meaningful impact!

When you support the work of Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.’s (BENI) you:

Help someone become a first-time homeowner – like Poetri Deal who envisioned moving into a tight-knit city neighborhood with abundant greenspace, who was able to receive homebuyer’s education and closing-cost funds towards the purchase of her Belair-Edison home.

Help local businesses on the Main Street like the Erdman Animal Hospital a staple in the neighborhood for over 60 years that received façade improvements and summer youth interns. And our burgeoning entrepreneur pop-up retail opportunities.

Bring more art and vibrancy to the neighborhood! Local artists like Paige Orphin and residents work together to change the aesthetic of our community, creating a visually stimulating and welcoming environment.

We have 2 easy ways that you can help us create even more opportunities today!

For every purchase you make through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to BENI. Simply bookmark the link and support us every time you shop. These small donations add up in big ways and with your help we can do more to position the community for growth for years to come.

Who is BENI?

As an organization with nearly 30 years of experience supporting ongoing neighborhood revitalization and stabilization in the Northeast Baltimore community of Belair-Edison, BENI’s mission is to foster an environment where residents and business owners feel confident to invest their time, energy, and money. Our core programs include Housing Counseling, Small Business Development, Community Organizing as well as Marketing and Outreach.

Our programs ensure economic inclusiveness for all clients regardless of age or ethnicity and help create opportunities to bridge the racial equity divide for residents in the mostly low-to-moderate income community. Since 2000, we’ve been able to facilitate:

  • Nearly 100 home improvement loans worth over $4.23 million.
  • Become a neighborhood of choice, attracting new buyers with economic, racial, and professional diversity.
  • Coordinate over 90 resident-led block beautification projects valued at $125,000 in improvements.
  • Cultivate 200 large and small commercial building improvement projects worth more than $5.5 million.
  • Educate over 1,000 families each year on pre and post-purchase housing education.

These important community efforts would not be realized without the support of partners who believe in our vision for the community. We rely on the continued support and invite you to join in helping to make a positive impact on Belair-Edison too!