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MEDIA ADVISORY: More Than 1,000 at JHU Ready for Baltimore Service Day

September 21, 2017
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906 / Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

Painting, gardening and beautifying city neighborhoods. These are just a few of the ways more than 1,200 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff will try to help Baltimore on Saturday, Sept. 23, as they volunteer en masse at nearly 40 local non-profit organizations.

The university’s annual President’s Day of Service, now in its ninth year, will kick off at 10:45 a.m. at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood campus. President Ronald J. Daniels will address participants who will then fan out to volunteer across the city.

Volunteer projects will run roughly from noon to 3 p.m.

Some of the bigger projects where large groups of volunteers are expected include:

  • Second Chance, 1700 Ridgely St.: The organization deconstructs buildings and homes, recycles and salvages usable materials, and makes them available to the public. The revenue enables job training and workforce development for those with obstacles to employment. Volunteers will be organizing inventory, and assisting with truck off-loading, lumber processing and maintenance of retail merchandise.
  • The 6th Branch: 1400 Greenmount Ave.: The organization brings together service-minded military veterans to do good works in Baltimore City. Volunteers will be working in a community garden.
  • Liberty Elementary School: 3910 Maine Ave.: Volunteers will paint doors and walls in the cafeteria, repaint the back stairwell and hang art in the cafeteria.
  • Carmine Gardens: 5120 Carmine Ave.: Volunteers will clean up a lot near the community garden.

On Saturday Oct. 7, about 115 more students, staff, faculty and alumni from the university’s East Baltimore medical campus, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, will also volunteer at several locations.

The President’s Day of Service is organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern and funded by the Johns Hopkins Parents Fund. The East Baltimore initiative is organized by SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center).

To cover the event, please contact Jill Rosen, jrosen@jhu.edu, 443-997-9906 or (cell) 443-547-8805.

On-site media contact on Saturday: Gia Grier, cell: 410-733-2424.

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