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Community Partnerships

Northwest School Community Partnership

CHAI is working closely with Cross Country Elementary & Middle School on a special initiative to enhance and strengthen CCEMS’s technology offerings and to implement a school-wide Technology Integration Program, a progressive education project that will train students in real world technology. This has been made possible through a school-community partnership grant from the Goldseker Foundation.
Visit our Schools page for additional information.

Healthy Neighborhoods

Healthy Neighborhoods transforms Baltimore’s strong but undervalued neighborhoods, creating neighborhoods of choice, physical improvements and supporting residents’ confidence. The Glen neighborhood in CHAI’s catchement area is one of those neighborhoods. Additional information about the CHAI/ Glen Neighborhood Improvement Association’s partnership with Baltimore City’s Healthy Neighborhoods, is available on our Healthy Neighborhoods page.

Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP)

The Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP) is a partnership between the Northwest Neighborhood’s President’s Forum and the Baltimore City Planning Department to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy for the five northwest Baltimore neighborhoods. It seeks to balance neighborhood priorities with a citywide decision-making framework. Neighborhood priorities are identified through community wide forums, a town meeting and a steering committee of community stakeholders.

The final plan articulates the priorities and strategies. These decisions will guide CHAI’s, the neighborhood associations’ and the City’s revitalization activities and will affect public and private investment for the neighborhoods of Glen, Fallstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mt. Washington.

The 2010 SNAP provides residents and stakeholders of northwest Baltimore City an opportunity to participate in the community planning process in areas of:
• Housing, land use and zoning
• Open space, recreation and environment
• Transportation, streetscapes, and gateways
• Education and schools
• Public safety and community relations

The 2010 SNAP plan can be downloaded here>>

Please visit Baltimore City's website for general information about SNAP.

The 2005 SNAP plan may be downloaded here>>

Volunteer Partnerships

CHAI's volunteer engagement program encourages individuals of all ages to volunteer year round to help seniors and adults with disabilities remain safely and confidently in their own homes. Two major volunteer events are held each year: Good Neighbor Day-Spring and Good Neighbor Day-Fall. To volunteer,
contact Molly Amster at 410-500-5302 or email

CHAI partners with other ASSOCIATED agencies such as Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC), Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center (JCC), and Weinberg Senior Living through its NADIV Program to promote volunteerism in the Northwest neighborhoods.


Excellent schools and involved, committed parents are a vital part of any community.

CHAI  is committed to supporting our neighborhood schools in every way possible. School partnerships, advocacy and strong relationships with school administrators make the schools of Northern Park Heights stimulating and fun places for students to learn and grow.

Cross Country Elementary Middle School enjoys its own TV channel featuring students, parents and school happenings

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Cross Country Elementary Middle School Competes for and Wins National Chess Championship!

At the USCF National K-9 Chess Championships held in Columbus, Ohio, CCEMS captured second place in the nation in the under 750 section which included 224 players from 32 states.

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More than a game, chess takes off in Baltimore

The students sitting in Cross Country Elementary and Middle School’s media room are fidgeting, anxious to solve the chess puzzles that coach Daniel Katz has projected on the wall.

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