Members of the Johns Hopkins community spread out across parts of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., on Saturday to take part in Johns Hopkins in Action, a service program designed to engage alumni, parents, and friends of the university in projects that make an immediate impact on communities.
Nearly 400 people registered to attend the annual day of service, which began before sunrise with a 5K run supporting ALS research. All proceeds from the race benefited the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Other activities included:
- Planting and beautifying spaces organized by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore Civic Works, and Healthy Harbor
- Sorting donations at A Wider Circle, a Silver Spring organization that provides basic need items to individuals and families
- Collecting trash from the Gwynns Falls shoreline, organized by Blue Water Baltimore
- Preparing meals at Martha's Table in Washington, D.C.
- Creating care packages for mothers of newborns through the Baltimore nonprofit ShareBaby.
Previous Johns Hopkins in Action events around the United States have included service at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Philadelphia, the Houston Food Bank, Heartland Health Outreach in Chicago, and Heal the Bay of Greater Los Angeles.