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Johns Hopkins Community Unites to Help Baltimore Organizations

Oct. 7, 2014
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805

Painting Baltimore’s animal shelter, weeding city flowerbeds, planting native grasses for the National Aquarium and removing trash from the Stoney Run Stream Valley.

These are just a few tasks more than 1,000 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff will pursue on Saturday, Oct. 11, to help dozens of Baltimore’s non-profit organizations.

The university’s annual President’s Day of Service, now in its sixth year, will kick off at 11 a.m. with a celebration for volunteers 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 40 locations across the city.

Some of the organizations and sites they will be helping include Friends of Wyman Park, the 29th Street Community Center, Baltimore Animal Care and Rescue Shelter, Hampden Elementary/Middle School, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and Shepherd’s Clinic for the uninsured.

“This day is about impact – the collective impact that our students, faculty, staff, and community partners can make on our city,” said Daniels. “Baltimore is our home and it’s essential for us to do our part. Hopefully, this day sparks a lifetime of community engagement for our students.”

Daniels will be volunteering as well as other university officials.

Johns Hopkins Alumni Association chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., and Seattle will join the effort on Oct. 11 with service projects in their cities. Also in Baltimore that day, the university’s East Baltimore medical campus, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, will be volunteering with several organizations including Project PLASE for homeless people in transition, Living Classrooms Foundation and the Yo! Baltimore youth program.

The President’s Day of Service is organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern and funded by the Johns Hopkins Parents Fund.

For more information about the President’s Day of Service or to cover the event, please contact Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906 (office), 443-547-8805 (cell) or jrosen@jhu.edu.



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