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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Prepares for Annual Day of Service in Baltimore

September 20, 2019
CONTACT: Chanapa Tantibanchachai
Office: 443-997-5056/ Cell: 928-458-9656
chanapa@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

Weeding, canvassing neighborhoods to share information about community resources and picking up trash. These are just some of the ways more than 1,300 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff will try to help the city on Saturday, Sept. 21, as they volunteer en masse at 38 Baltimore non-profit organizations.

The university’s annual President’s Day of Service, now in its 11th year, will kick off at 10 a.m. in three locations on the Homewood campus: the Beach, Decker quad and the Athletic Circle.

Volunteer projects will run roughly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a Post-Service Reflection Reception. Students will engage in a facilitated conversation, reflecting on their experience from the day and their plans for future engagement until the event ends at 3 p.m.

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

Chinquapin Park Improvement Association: The Chinquapin Park Improvement Association hopes to provide a clean, safe neighborhood for all residents. During the President’s Day of Service, volunteers will participate in a neighborhood-wide cleanup.

Friends of Carroll Park: Carroll Park, located in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, is the City’s third oldest park. During the President’s Day of Service, volunteers will support general park maintenance—from organizing the fieldhouse to clearing overgrown vegetation, dirt, and debris from paths.

Greater Remington Improvement Association (GRIA): Remington Improvement Association is to improve the Remington community. During the President’s Day of Service, volunteers will winterize Sisson Street, help with maintenance of the Remington Village Green, and participate in a neighborhood cleanup.

No Boundaries Coalition: No Boundaries Coalition is a member-based advocacy organization whose mission is to create a more unified and empowered Central West Baltimore across the boundaries of race, class, and neighborhood. During the President’s Day of Service, volunteers will canvass across all eight neighborhoods of the Coalition to share information about the organization’s leadership development pipeline and various upcoming events.

Second Chance, Inc.: The Second Chance mission is to retrain and create employment for displaced and unemployed workers in deconstruction methods; reclaim building material to reduce demolition debris overloading landfills; and renew materials to preserve the region’s rich architectural heritage. During the President’s Day of Service, volunteers will work with Second Chance team members to sort and stack doors and windows, prepare materials for pricing and merchandising, and remove nails from deconstruction inventory of wood and prep for sale.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, about 100 more students, staff, faculty and alumni from the university’s East Baltimore medical campus, including the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, will volunteer at six community sites.

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

To cover the event, please contact Chanapa Tantibanchachai, chanapa@jhu.edu, 928-458-9656.

On-site media contact on Saturday: Courtnee Connon, cell: (727) 744-4163.

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