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Meet Matthew Reeds

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Reeds. Them and their team share their story with us below:

The Reeds Fund is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization working to directly combat the social, political, and financial constraints that families with individuals on the autistic spectrum and sarcoidosis face. The Reeds Fund has launched its first scholarship fund targeting young adults on the autistic spectrum, working to receive a secondary education degree or trade certification.

The founder, Matthew Reeds, created this scholarship in honor of his mother, Roxanne Reeds, who is also the namesake of the scholarship. She is a first-generation college student and a graduate of Baltimore’s Coppin State University. A lifelong educator, Reeds is also the adoptive mother of Matthew’s younger sister, My’Zaaih who was diagnosed with autism early in her life and has suffered from insufficient educational services in Baltimore. Reeds have been recognized for her service to her community, most recently by the 62nd Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan.

The Reeds Fund understands the necessity to work to alleviate the educational disparities that currently exist in Baltimore; while providing individuals the opportunity to live vibrant, productive lives. That work continues with the Roxanne Reeds Scholarship.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Seed funding and fundraising has been a struggle for the organization, like most organizations during COVID.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a native-born Baltimorean, Matthew Reeds has seen the brightest and darkest parts of Baltimore – his little sister My’Zaaih was brought into the foster care system at nine days old and officially adopted into his family at the age of three. From a young age, My’Zaaih was diagnosed with autism and suffered from insufficient government and healthcare services in Baltimore. His wonderful mother, Roxanne, has been battling sarcoidosis for years and has also been on the receiving end of insufficient and inadequate healthcare resources in the city of Baltimore. Frustrated by the lack and utter neglect of citywide resources, Matthew Reeds started the Reeds Fund, a Baltimore-based not-for-profit that educates, advocates, and liberates families impacted by autism and sarcoidosis.

As a senior undergraduate student, Matthew understood that the city of Baltimore needed a resource to break the socio-economic barriers to lower-income communities and their ability to access specialized healthcare and services. The Reeds Fund understands the necessity to partner with global leaders while identifying high-impact solutions that can effectively alleviate health disparities while providing individuals the opportunity to live vibrant, productive lives.

Matthew is a proud alumnus of Morgan State University and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. As a senior at Morgan, he was elected to the Morgan State University Board of Regents, serving as a voting board member. Matthew has become one of Baltimore’s rising young adults in the areas of philanthropy, business, and community service, recently named to the Baltimore Business Journal as a Person on the Move.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was quiet and generally introverted.

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