Weave: The Social Fabric Project / The Aspen Institute

The Weaver Awards


Current project by one weaver:
Neighborhood Movie Night

$5,000 grants
for the neighbors
connecting Baltimore

Are you the friend or neighbor that folks always seem to count on when they need help or to get something done? Maybe you know someone who is spreading care and building trust in Baltimore City. You’ve landed in the right place.

Some people weave their communities together. They are the ones we all trust, the people we count on to get things done and to see the best in everyone.

We call them weavers. The Weaver Awards are our chance to recognize and support them, and be part of celebrating the weavers in Baltimore.

Who is eligible?

At the 2021 Weaver Awards Celebration

We all know people who show up, again and again, to do the hard work of listening and connecting us. They often don’t have big titles or get government grants. They do what they do because they care about weaving together their communities.

Some help kids or the elderly. Some make sure everyone has a holiday meal. And many are not part of a nonprofit organization or business. You can meet some of of these weavers below.

This year, a group of Baltimoreans will choose twenty weavers to receive $5,000 each in July. To be considered, you need to:

  • Be 18 or older 
  • Live and serve in Baltimore City 
  • Have a project that helps connect neighbors or the city 
  • Work on a small scale or in a small organization  
  • Fill out a short application and get a neighbor recommendation

Meet the Advisory Panel

Most of the advisors are Baltimore community advocates, including some past Awardees. These are people who know the spirit of the city and its neighborhoods. They care about weaving a strong, inclusive social fabric and they know what it takes.

Adilio Alfaro
The Aspen Institute

Danielle Battle
Restoring Inner City Hope (RICH)

Duane “Shorty” Davis
Good in the Hood Initiative

Tanya R. Dorsey
M&T Bank

Ashley Esposito
Village of Violetville, Inc.

Judeith James
Alternative Approaches
to Mental Health Crisis Center

Nneka Nnamdi
Fight Blight Baltimore

Frederick Riley
The Aspen Institute

Jim Peterson
M&T Bank 

Denis Sgouros

Naimah Sharif

Sam Smith
#WeaveBaltimore Community

Antonio Tabora
Fulton Bank

Chris Wack
Baltimore Ravens 

Rev. Michele Ward
Lights On Greenmount West Initiative 

Crickett Woloson
The Elbow Fund

Meet 2021’s Awardees

Awardees standing on M&T Bank Field

We all know the people in our communities who build trust and connect us. They may be the parent next door, the super-friendly high schooler, the energetic retiree. In 2021, ten people or groups received Weaver Awards out of 100 who applied.

This year, we are giving twenty Awards, so the chances of getting money to support your project weaving relationships and trust in your neighborhood are even better! The Awardees appeared in local media, were celebrated at a Ravens home game, and some spoke at a recent Boston Symphony Orchestra event.

Join the Action

Join #WeaveBaltimore and Follow the Awards

If you care about building trust and community in Baltimore, join us. #WeaveBaltimore is our home for everyone creating relationships. It’s a gathering space for all those working to weave our city. Join if you want to share your work and stories, find support, tap resources, learn skills, and meet partners who can help you weave.


If you have questions about the Awards, want to help spread the word, or have any problems using this website, let us know. If you want to learn more about weavers across the US, visit weareweavers.org.

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