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Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff to take part in President’s Day of Service

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October 22, 2012
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Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff will participate in community-building projects Saturday, Oct. 27 as part of the annual President’s Day of Service. Image: Will Kirk / Homewood Photography

More than 1,000 members of The Johns Hopkins University community will fan out across Baltimore at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, for President’s Day of Service, an annual volunteer event supporting the city’s nonprofit organizations.

The record-breaking number of students, faculty and staff from several Johns Hopkins campuses, including the Homewood campus and the Peabody Conservatory, have signed up to volunteer at 35 different locations throughout Baltimore on a variety of projects in the categories of beautification, feeding the hungry, and working with people. (The schools of medicine and public health took part in a similar day of service Saturday, Oct. 6).

The Johns Hopkins volunteers will lend their helping hands to tasks that were chosen by the community groups. Among the endeavors will be decorating the Remington neighborhood for a family-friendly Halloween party; cleaning and painting at Barclay Elementary School and Barclay Recreation Center; preparing planting beds for trees and flowers in Reservoir Hill; and helping to build an amphitheater on the grounds at The Samaritan Women shelter in southwest Baltimore.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with a kick-off event in the O’Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood campus, where President Daniels will speak. At 11:30 the volunteers will walk or take shuttles to their project sites. President Daniels will be visiting the four sites listed above. Reporters interested in attending the kick-off and visiting the project sites should contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu. RSVPs are requested by noon on Friday, Oct. 26.

For many years, the day of service was used as a way to introduce incoming freshmen to Baltimore. Then in 2009, university President Ronald J. Daniels expanded the volunteer force to include all of Johns Hopkins as part of his mission for the university to foster stronger ties with the city. Organizers at the university’s Center for Social Concern say that ideally, President’s Day of Service will go beyond a one-day event by creating an ongoing connection with the volunteers, encouraging them to stay involved with community outreach.

This year, event is expanding to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, where alumni chapters in each of those cities will be holding their own volunteer events in tandem with President’s Day of Service in Baltimore. The events in Baltimore are supported financially by the Johns Hopkins Parent’s Fund, which offers parents and grandparents a way to support student life programs and activities that provide an important life balance to the rigorous academics of a Johns Hopkins education.

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