Greater Greenmount Community Association
To promote a thriving community by implementing programs that improve the quality of life of all residents in order to reclaim and revitalize the Greater Greenmount community.
To ensure that those who live, work, and/or worship in the neighborhoods of Barclay and East Baltimore Midway have a voice in determining the neighborhood's success.
To implement community development and community building projects that improve the social, economic and physical conditions of the neighborhood.
To encourage resident leadership and participation in community activities.
To establish and maintain partnerships with community associations, businesses, government agencies, the private sector, and individuals that support GGCA's mission.
General association meetings are held monthly September through June from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month. In the past they have been held at Cecil Elementary School, 2000 Cecil Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218 and we hope in the future to again meet there. However, with the current pandemic we will begin the 2020-2021 year with an outdoor meeting that we also plan to live stream via Zoom. The outdoor portion will be at Boone Street Commons located at 2100 Boone Street.
GGCA Bylaws Section 3: Greater Greenmount Community Association represents those who live, work and/or worship in the Barclay and East Baltimore/Midway communities located in the central part of Baltimore. It is bounded on the north by 25th Street, on the south by East North Avenue, on the east by Harford Road and on the west by Hargrove Street.
NOTE: The GGCA Board is considering a proposal to revise the Bylaws to align the the boundaries to match the City's Planning Boundaries for both neighborhoods.
Sandra Coles, the Founder of Greater Greenmount Community Association, Inc. (GGCA) and a former president, saw the need in 2007 to establish a community association for her Barclay neighborhood and the adjoining neighborhood of East Baltimore Midway. Both communities had Urban Renewal Plans yet neither one had a community association to advocate for residents.
As Ms. Coles witnessed residents struggling with the planned changes that were being forced on them, she prayed that God would give her the strength to help them. She talked individually with residents in both communities and from those conversations she made the decision to hold an organizational meeting.
The first organizational meeting of GGCA was on January 15th 2007, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. As Ms. Coles described to residents the challenges she saw in the community, they realized they needed to have a unified voice. They also agreed that it was important to have a formal organization that would advocate for their needs, so in 2008 GGCA became incorporated. The following year it received its 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status.
Board of Directors
President: Linda Johnson
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Lowell Larsson
NOTE: The GGCA Board has determined nine (9) directors shall constitute the board composition. Officers are elected among the Directors.
GGCA Bylaws Section 5(c) Number/Composition: The Board shall be composed of no more than fifteen persons and no less than three persons. The Board shall determine the specific number of Directors from time to time.
GGCA Bylaws Section 5(d) Election/Vacancies: At every Annual Meeting, the Directors to serve for the ensuing term shall be elected by the Members. In electing Directors to the Board, the Members shall seek to maintain a racial and sexual composition which is reflective of the population of Greater Greenmount. In addition to filling vacancies that arise due to resignations from the Board between Annual Meetings, new Directors may be elected by a vote of the Members or Directors at times other than at the Annual Meeting, as long as such action does not cause the total number of Directors to exceed the maximum set in section 5(c). Directors must be Individual Members of the Corporation.
GGCA ByLaws Section 5(a)(1) The Officers shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Officers shall be elected by the Directors at the Board Meeting immediately following an election at the Annual Meeting of the Members. Persons eligible for election to an office must first be elected a Director.