Johns Hopkins lends a hand on annual Day of Service

Nearly 1,000 volunteers help nonprofit organizations, community centers

Nearly 1,000 Johns Hopkins students, faculty, staff, and alumni fanned out across Baltimore and beyond on Saturday, Oct. 27, to help nonprofit organizations, local schools, and community centers on the annual President's Day of Service.

Volunteer participants took part in 35 projects in Baltimore. Activities included planting trees and gardens, painting and helping refurbish buildings, neighborhood clean up projects, and workshops for young dance students.

Johns Hopkins Alumni Association chapters in four cities—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle—also took part in service projects on Saturday, making the Day of Service a national effort for the first time. Related community outreach events were held in early October at the university's East Baltimore and Peabody campuses. In all, nearly 1,200 people participated in Day of Service events this month.

"Through the good will and hard work of nearly 1,000 people, our university was able to reach far into our communities and neighborhoods and make a real difference," said President Ronald J. Daniels, who established the Day of Service when he took office in the fall of 2009. "I am grateful for their efforts."

"Community service is not just about good works," he added. "This type of service will help to shape our students' lives, readying them for a life of citizenship and preparing them for the next stages of their careers."

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