About OIA

The Oakenshawe Improvement Association (OIA) serves the interests of all residents in the historic neighborhood of Oakenshawe in Baltimore, Maryland. A volunteer organization, every neighbor is welcomed and encouraged to join. Membership costs $20 a year.

Benefits of Membership

Besides the opportunity to be better acquainted with your neighbors, membership in the OIA gives you the chance to make a real difference where you live. Association dues help us deliver timely community news via our news emails and website, support community projects, remind you of upcoming meetings and events, and help you understand new neighborhood initiatives. The OIA provides many opportunities to hear and be heard in meetings with neighbors, Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, other area associations, city officers, and elected officials.

As your nonprofit neighborhood association, the OIA maintains a website, facilitates annual City residential parking permit pick-ups, organizes neighborhood clean-ups and security walks, and supports neighborhood meetings, parties, and even gardening events.

Apply to be an OIA member by filling out this form:  OIA Membership Application and sending to oakenshawenews@gmail.com.

The Oakenshawe Board

Are you a mover and shaker? Are you interested in being on the Oakenshawe board? Terrific! Board meetings are held quarterly, and all Oakenshawe residents are welcome to attend. Community Meetings are held annually. The volunteer board organizes tree plantings and Dumpster Days, acts on neighborhood concerns, plans social events (e.g., Halloween Parade and Terrace Party), and maintains communication (social media site and email list).

2022-2024 Officers:

  • Zach Gieske, President
  • Kenneth McFadden, Treasurer
  • John Hillegass, Secretary

For more information, please contact oakenshawenews@gmail.com.

Governance Documents

Certificate of Incorporation


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Recent News

Oakenshawe November Updates

Happy November Oakenshawe Neighbors, this month’s Oakenshawe Improvement Association (OIA) Newsletter Update includes: October OIA Quarterly Meeting Minutes, New OIA Website Launch, Johns Hopkins University Police Department (JHPD) Updates, and Rat Eradication.

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Block party photos

The block party was a big hit! Thanks to all the volunteers for all their hard work in planning and executing the event, as well as all the neighbors for coming and bringing such delicious food. See you at the next event!

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Need Volunteers for OIA Block Party on Sep 10

Let the Oakenshawe Improvement Association know if you are willing to volunteer supplies (coolers, grills, extension cords, trash/recycle bins, canopy/tent) or your time for 1 to 2 hours during the block party. We need your help to throw a great event. The more volunteers, the better the party, the shorter the volunteer shifts, the more fun. Please share this opportunity with your friends and family in Oakenshawe.

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