A Statement of Solidarity
Like many of you, the Board and staff of Dundalk Renaissance are deeply disturbed by the murders of unarmed Black men and women and other recent incidents of racism across the country by police officers and private citizens. We join the call of so many people seeking justice and an elimination of personal and structural racism in our society.
We embrace diversity of all kinds as one of our organization’s core values and believe that diversity and inclusion strengthens the Dundalk community. But clearly, supporting diversity as a value is not enough to protect our Black neighbors from harm or address historically entrenched racial inequities.
We recognize the role Dundalk Renaissance can play as a community development organization that works to improve our neighborhoods, economy, and quality of life. We seek to include and serve everyone who lives here and we need to do more to address racial disparities in housing, education, health, and economic opportunity in our community. We also need to do more to promote understanding and healing across racial and ethnic lines within our neighborhoods.
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to address these challenges as we clarify the best ways to bring people together in the midst of ongoing social distancing protocols. As always, we welcome your ideas and concerns. Please feel free to share your perspective with our Executive Director, Amy Menzer, at email@example.com. No one organization or leader will move our community forward, and we hope to join with you in this collective effort.
Alex Montanio, President
Amy Menzer, Executive Director
- If you are wondering where to start the conversation about race, check out the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture’s resources.
- Baltimore County Public Library put together a great reading list to explore systemic racism in our society.
- Stamped from the Beginning is available as a free audio book on Spotify.
- If podcasts are more your jam, check out Code Switch, 1619 and Seeing White.
- If your looking for a quick (ish) read consider checking out What it Means to be an Anti-racist and The Case for Reparations.
- Learn your implicit biases with this interactive tool from Harvard.
We Work to Revitalize Dundalk Everyday
Who We are
We’re a non-profit community development organization dedicated to Dundalk’s revival by building on our community’s strengths.
Dundalk has 43 miles of gorgeous waterfront. Affordable homes for families of all sizes. A walkable National Register Historic District. Close proximity to night life and sporting events. Access to major highways and employment opportunities inside the city and out.
We work to grow new businesses at The Forge and strengthen the Historic Dundalk Town Center commercial area by influencing investment decisions made by business, developers, government, and individuals like you!
We embrace diversity and inclusiveness of all kinds. Our diversity strengthens Dundalk as a community.
Our community is strongest when its residents and businesses invest time and resources as volunteers and stakeholders in the community’s future. We advocate for the implementation of policies, programs, and projects that benefit Dundalk.
Dundalk has a rich historical legacy as a place and a people, including our walkable National Register Historic District, our role defending the nation in the War of 1812 and our demonstration of the dignity in hard work through a century of industry.
Dundalk Renaissance welcomes innovation and investment that strengthens Dundalk’s economic health and quality of life.
Communities thrive when individuals care deeply about their neighbors, take responsibility for themselves, and support each other in times of need and celebration as well as in resolving everyday challenges.
Dundalk should offer all its residents a chance to succeed through access to jobs and job training; safe, stable neighborhoods; a quality education; a clean and healthy environment; and home ownership that builds wealth.
Creating a cleaner, greener, walkable, bikeable Dundalk benefits residents, neighborhoods, and the environment.
What We Do
Senior home repairs. Neighborhood spruce ups. Vibrant Neighborhood Loans.
Food truck festivals. Makers in the Main Street. Facade improvements. Greening. Murals. Business Owner Collaboration.
Marketing to the Next Generation
Market Boost Program. Quality Renovations. Home Buyer Grants. Financial Education.
Small Business Incubation
Pop up shops. Networking events. Seminars. Business counseling. Flex space rental.
Good Things are Happening All Over Dundalk!