Shapiro, a Baltimore-headquartered 102-year-old Customhouse broker and freight forwarder, recently selected the Center for Urban Families as the recipient of its annual holiday charity program. Donations were made on behalf of each of its customers.

Founded in 1999, CFUF’s mission is to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability, support, and economic success. They offer numerous programs to help prepare citizens for success in all aspects of life.

Center for Urban Families joined the Baltimore community 18 years ago, addressing key challenges that face Baltimore City’s citizens: poverty, father-absence and unemployment. As of today, CFUF has served nearly 30,000 Baltimore residents seeking a better life for themselves and their families, and has helped more than 3,500 residents be placed in full-time jobs.

Shapiro’s investment in philanthropic work can be traced back to its beginnings. For many years, Shapiro has provided holiday donations on behalf of their customers to charities throughout Baltimore and participated in numerous charitable activities through the years. Giving back to the community is a huge part of Shapiro culture and a reason why employees are given the opportunity to volunteer throughout the year on company time.

“The Center for Urban Families is committed to strengthening communities by providing families access to services and opportunities for stability and economic success,” says Margie Shapiro, President & CEO, Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc. “It is an honor to support such a worthy cause in a community in which we live and work.”

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