Baltimore

Hometown Hero's

During this difficult time. We're spotlighting those making a difference in Baltimore.

From our family of bakeries to yours, H&S Bakery, Schmidt Baking, and Northeast Foods, are grateful for our hometown heroes on the front lines and honored to be able to give back the local communities we serve.  We are all in this fight together.

Do you know of a business or person that has gone above and beyond for others during the Covid-19 pandemic? CLICK HERE and tell us about them, then keep listening for their name!

Here are the local hero's we’ve honored (so far)!

Rosedale Baptist Church and Billy Martini are Hometown Heros.

A message from their community: "They have been giving food out to church members and non-members. They have set up church online and have set up teen online classes. They have Disney family game nights online. They reach out to people. Never have I ever been apart of a church that gives so much. They have people take families and kids stuff. It could be something as simple as eggs, but those eggs are much needed these days. So I would like to thank them."

Dr. Brian Belgin and the nursing and tech staff of GBMC Woundcare are Hometown Heros.

A message from their community: "Dr. Belgin and his nursing and tech staff at GBMC Woundcare have continued to provide excellent care/wound treatment during these difficult (pandemic) times. Speaking for myself (and I'm sure many others) the wound care provided makes life worth living. They are all my heroes."

Michelle Wildman from Steelfire Kitchen and Bar is a Hometown Hero.

A message from her community: "While Michelle's restaurant had to close due to Covid19, Michelle fed the local front line workers at Howard county general and other locations. She also has collected items to create birthday bags for families during this crisis and has donated 50 so far and is creating 100 more for donations. When someone is in need, Michelle is the first person to jump in and give people who need food, the food and resources they need while their restaurant was struggling. Michelle's heart has no end to serving folks in need. She is loved by so many in the community and needs to be recognized for her love and support to the community and everyone around her."

Meredith Long and Dawn Hawkins with Backpack Buddies in Odenton (Sponsored by Nichols Bethel Church) are Hometown Heros. 

A message from their community: "Meredith Long and Dawn Hawkins. These two ladies spend all week long running from the food bank to local businesses like Wegman's and Sam's Club to collect food and then they bring it to the church to be organized - plus people drop food off at their houses that they bring to the church as well. Each week they collect and collect and spread it all out on tables. Then they put boxes together of all the food for each family in the Backpack Buddy program. These ladies are busting their humps collecting and coordinating food to help out out families - before and after Coronavirus. At the start of the shutdown, these ladies went from house to house delivering the boxes of food.  Now the families pick the food up. They've pulled muscles carrying the heavy loads of water, cases of canned goods. These ladies aren't sitting back enjoying "the break" from their jobs, they work all year long providing much needed food and help to these families. During this crisis, it's been a God-send for these families as many of them depended on service-oriented jobs who now do not have the same level of income coming in.  In our neighborhood, these ladies are heroes, absolutely. The church sponsors the program, gives them a place to collate the food, but it's truly these two that do all the work. One day they even got Ledo's to provide pizzas for each family - they dropped all the pizzas off personally. These are individuals, these are moms and working hard for others vs. binge-watching Netflix during this crisis, I think they deserve recognition. Thank you!"

Franciscan Center of Baltimore and Chef Steven Allbright are Hometown Heros.

A message from their community: "Since March 16, 2020 the Franciscan Center has been serving meals to those in need in Baltimore City during the pandemic. While everyone at the Center has been doing all they can, the food we are providing is all Chef Steve and his Kitchen Team's work. They have been working long hours creating fresh healthy meals, sandwiches and pantry bags during this pandemic. They stepped up to the plate and knew we needed to be out in the community helping during this time. Since March 16, Chef Steve and his kitchen team have prepared, and with the help of volunteers and staff delivered over 115,000 meals to those in need in Baltimore City. These groups include LGBTQ organizations, Low-Income Housing, Senior Living Facilities, and more. The Center would not be able to do what they do without the passion from the entire team, specifically Chef Steven Allbright and his Kitchen Team."

Logan Pertnoy is a Hometown Hero. 
A message from his community: "Logan works at Giant Food as a cashier and in the gas station. He has been working very hard during this epidemic. He has never missed a shift and went in when called to help out . Has never complained . He should be recognized for his devotion and hard work . He is only 19 years old ."

Columbia Community Care and its Founders are Hometown Heros. 
A message from their community: "The group was founded by these educators at the start of the shutdown, knowing that the people needed help for essentials and even food to survive a pandemic that has no known end date. The group provides, through donations of goods and money, everything from food, household cleaners and diapers to anyone in need. They have several distribution sites setup around Columbia area outside of schools and also 2 pantries setup in local churches for home delivery to people who are unable to go pickup at the schools themselves. The group has grown to 5154 members at the time of this writing and there are plenty of people who are helping out and volunteering without being members because I know many of them. The help is provided with no judgement and no questions asked. In this time of uncertainty and pain, it brings out hate and the worst of us. But it also brings out the best in all of us and there is much more of the good. I have witnessed the greatness of humanity through a grassroots campaign of helping out our neighbors in their time of need by countless volunteers who seek no recognition through their energy, time, money and care."

Brian Wolvovsky is a Hometown Hero. 
A message from his mother: "My son Brian is a double essential worker. In his full time job in the maintenance department of a Baltimore City based Community Health Center, he took the extra job of twice  daily sanitizing all high touch areas in the Administration building to assure the nurses and doctors remained safe. In his part time evening and weekend job as a Courtesy Clerk at a Howard County based Giant Food, he saw his hours climb to 24 hours a week so he was on the front line, risking his own health, with no time off during the whole pandemic from the start until today, 7 days per week, for roughly 64 hours per week.  Many days his work day began at 8am and concluded at 10pm in the evening. He worked every weekend and holiday. Despite the risks of being in a health care environment and a high traffic grocery store, he was committed to serving and supporting  his community. Based on how diligently he worked through this difficult time he truly is a hero."

Baltimore Hunger Project and Lynne Kahn are Hometown Heros.
A message from their community: "BHP typically feeds 650 children across baltimore city & baltimore county schools. During the covid pandemic that number skyrocketed  to 2300 a week!"

Laura Cerretta is a Hometown Hero. 

A message from her community: "Laura Cerretta- ICU Nurse at Medstar Union Memorial who just had a baby and came off maternity leave just in time for COVID. The fears of bringing the virus home or transmit via nursing her baby was a heavy burden . But nothing prepared her for being the last one some patients would share their final thoughts except for knowing her care was giving comfort as she would want someone to do to her loved ones.  ICU Nurse and a new Mom during this pandemic is why she is my hero- ICU Nurse at Medstar Union Memorial who just had a baby and came off maternity leave just in time for COVID. The fears of bringing the virus home or transmit via nursing her baby was a heavy burden . But nothing prepared her for being the last one some patients would share their final thoughts except for knowing her care was giving comfort as she would want someone to do to her loved ones.  ICU Nurse and a new Mom during this pandemic is why she is my hero."

Bobby O's BBQ and Colin Soper are Hometown Heros

A message from their community: "During the coronavirus lockdown Colin cooked and delivered full hot  meals to the medical staffs of the following hospitals: Johns Hopkins (children’s cancer ward specifically because these are the folks that cared for his infant son who the BBQ business is named after); Mercy Medical Center (Covid floor); University of Md Hospital (Covid floor); St. Joe’s Hospital in Towson.   Financial Supporters throughout the region helped to support the endeavor as they wanted to have a direct affect on helping and they did so through Colin’s small business.   Colin cooked all of the food and delivered hot meals to those heros who deserved it...he wasn’t seeking recognition, just wanted to do something to help.  His small BBQ business has been in operation since the death of his infant son and he gives a portion of all proceeds to the pediatric cancer center at Johns Hopkins.   This is all in addition to his day job.   As his parent, I am proud of his selflessness and motivation to help others.  Thank you for reading and considering he and others for such recognition."

Angel McGrath is a Hometown Hero. 
A message from her community: "Angel McGrath is a 7th Grade Special Education teacher at Bonnie Branch Middle School in Howard County. Throughout her time in quarantine she has been fostering numerous dogs through the Canine Humane Network.In addition to teaching her lessons online, she has been caring for a variety of different breeds of dogs in her home with the hopes of finding them a loving family. Many have nicknamed her the "Dog Whisperer" as she has had great success finding these dogs their forever homes. Additionally, Angel recently fostered a Pitt-Australian Shepard mix who had just given birth to 8 puppies! Angel was more than happy to take this dog and her litter of 8 pups into her home. The Canine Humane Network even named this dog, Angel, in honor of Angel McGrath. I have been incredibly impressed by Angel and her dedication to taking great care of numerous foster dogs. She truly has been an "Angel" to so many dogs during her time in quarantine."