The Baltimore Ravens have chipped in $1,000 to help construct a new community and health center in Severn.
The Ravens recognized the efforts of community activist Glenda Gathers (known as Ms. G) by naming her as a finalist for the team's "Community Quarterback" award.
The $1,000 donation will go toward the construction of the Severn Community Health and Wellness Center near Van Bokkelen Elementary School. The center would be operated by Peoples Community Health Centers, which is spearheading community fundraising efforts.
The $10 million center will consist of two sections: a $7.5 million health center largely funded by a government grant, and a $2.5 million community center funded through donations from local residents and companies. While they are funded separately, officials said they hope to construct each portion at the same time.
People's Community Health Centers is now actively seeking donations for the community center portion of the project. Residents can pay $1 for a symbolic "brick" to help the cause, and People's is seeking businesses to assist in offering the bricks for sale.
The nonprofit is hoping to break ground by early 2014 and open in April of 2015.
People's operates four health centers in Baltimore and three in Anne Arundel County, including facilities in Odenton, Severn and Brooklyn Park.