Village of Love and Resistance

121 N. Broadway 2nd Floor                                                                                                                                                                                           Baltimore,  MD 21231                                                                                                                                                                                         website: volar.site                                                                                                                                                       

Description of Organization:

VOLAR is a grassroots community organization based in East Baltimore. They are an organization for healing, community control of housing, community stewardship of land, and leadership development. Their Leadership Care Taking Council includes members with more than 100 years of experience of living, working, worshiping, studying and playing, and praying in East Baltimore.  They have researched, organized, designed, litigated, and written about equitable, healthy, and sustainable development. VOLAR exists to attend to the history of uneven development in East Baltimore and offer an alternative way to rebuild communities: inclusive, equitable, and builds community cohesion while addressing the trauma of this history of disinvestment. 

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $4,000 was awarded to VOLAR to expand its offerings of Wellness Circles, an offering of 3-4 days of mindfulness and wellness activities in the grant period of 12 months, specifically aimed at a female-bodied group. The funding will be directed towards supporting a community organizer to manage and implement the workshops, provide an honorarium for a guest teacher, pay for food and venue cost, and provide some mindfulness tools for each participant to take home (small bell, mindfulness book, candle, journal, etc).