Volunteers clear debris in a residential alleyway

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Hopkins affiliates volunteer as part of MLK Day of Service

The service day supported 36 community organizations in 21 ZIP codes

Roughly 600 members of the Johns Hopkins community volunteered painting classrooms, delivering food to those in need, and cleaning public parks as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Friday.

In celebration of the legacy of King and his message of serving communities in need, the event, now in its third year, encourages university and health system affiliates to volunteer their time at community organizations near Johns Hopkins locations in 21 different ZIP codes. This year, volunteers worked at 36 sites located in parts of Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Introduced this year was the Johns Hopkins Medicine and University Community Health and Resources Fair, held Saturday on the university's East Baltimore campus. The public fair for members of the Baltimore community offered free health screenings and consultations on housing, employment, obtaining driver's licenses and voter registrations, and other public services. Volunteers distributed clothing, toiletries, and pantry items collected during donation drives held earlier this month at different Hopkins locations.

The service day is organized by the Johns Hopkins Office of Worklife and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.