Ray Lewis & Other New UMB Foundation Board Members to Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for Multi-Million Dollar Community Engagement Project

September 23, 2019    |  

University of Maryland, Baltimore Invites Community Members and City Leaders to Celebrate the Groundbreaking of $8 Million Community Engagement Center

WHAT: The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is expanding its outreach to the surrounding West Baltimore community with the launch of a brand-new Community Engagement Center (CEC). The university is marking the start of renovation of an historic building with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Ravens’ Hall of Famer and new UMB Foundation board member Ray Lewis is set to attend along with other new board members, city leaders, elected officials, members of the business community, and West Baltimore neighbors.

WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 16 S. Poppleton St. Baltimore, MD 21201

The Site of the New UMB Community Engagement Center

*Ceremony to be followed with light refreshments at the UMB GRID on 875 Hollins St.*

Artist's rendering of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's new Community Engagament Center.

Artist's rendering of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's new Community Engagament Center.


The University of Maryland Baltimore’s new Community Engagement Center will be the cornerstone of UMB’s Community Campus, a location and a concept that demonstrates a deep commitment to strengthening West Baltimore in collaboration with the neighbors who live there. Located immediately west of UMB’s academic campus, the Community Campus allows the university to meet and serve the residents where they are through a variety of resources, programs, and activities.

The new CEC will be close to seven times larger than the current center which opened its doors in 2015. In four years, the current center has recorded more than 35,000 visits from men, women, teens, and children who engage with its services and programming. The CEC is where UMB helps its neighbors find jobs, gives children a safe place to learn and play, hosts health and fitness programs, and connects neighbors with various resources.

(View a video below for more information about UMB’s Community Campus.)

For additional information about UMB’s outreach and involvement in the West Baltimore community visit the Office of Community Engagement website.

About the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is Maryland’s only public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service. UMB enrolls 6,500 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The university provides more than $40 million each year in uncompensated care to Maryland citizens, and receives more than $550 million in extramural research funding annually. For more information about the University of Maryland, Baltimore visit www.umaryland.edu.