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Port Discovery Children’s Museum receives $269,500 grant from The TD Ready Challenge to address the impacts of COVID-19

Port Discovery Children’s Museum receives $269,500 grant from The TD Ready Challenge to address the impacts of COVID-19

The TD Ready Challenge awarded Port Discovery Children’s Museum to deliver programs that harness the power of playful learning to support those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic 

Baltimore, MD,  January 26, 2021 – Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been named one of six U.S. winners of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge presented by TD Bank.

In response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this project aims to harness the power of playful learning to support children. To increase access to learning, the Museum will create and deliver virtual educational enrichment for students in under-resourced schools and neighborhoods, launch new programming that helps bridge the digital divide among early learners, and provide professional development aimed at helping Port Discovery increase their capacity to support children dealing with trauma. Programs will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), the arts, healthy living, and early literacy.

"Port Discovery Children’s Museum has brought forward a creative and scalable solution to help those disproportionately impacted by the effects of COVID-19." said Brian Monday, Regional President, MidSouth, TD Bank. “Being a winner of the TD Ready Challenge is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators, as well as their dedication to ensuring our communities emerge from the pandemic more resilient, inclusive, vibrant and ready for the continually changing future."

The TD Ready Challenge is an annual initiative, laddering up to the TD Ready Commitment, TD's corporate citizenship platform, aimed at opening doors to a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. Acting as a springboard for social innovation, TD established the TD Ready Challenge to identify and support scalable solutions that address societal issues identified within the four drivers of the TD Ready Commitment: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on society and that’s why the 2020 TD Ready Challenge encouraged organizations across TD's North American footprint to create innovative solutions to help create accelerated, sustained and equitable recovery in the face of COVID-19.

“Port Discovery is committed not only to supporting our community as we navigate this pandemic together, but also to coming out the other side even better positioned to serve the children and families who need us most,” said Bryn Parchman, President & CEO, Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “We are honored by, and grateful for, this empowering support through the TD Ready Challenge.”

In total, TD awarded $10 million (CAD) for the 2020 Challenge, as part of the $25 million (CAD) that TD has allocated to help strengthen community resilience and COVID-19 recovery through the TD Community Resilience Initiative.

 A full list of The Ready Challenge winners as well as more information about the challenge can be found at www.td.com/readychallenge.

About Port Discovery Children's Museum

As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, offers 3 floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs and is ranked among the Top Children’s Museums in the United States. To learn more, visit www.portdiscovery.org

About the TD Ready Commitment

TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CAD $1 billion (U.S. $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through the TD Ready Commitment, TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident - not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/tdreadycommitment.

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