To underscore the university's commitment to Baltimore, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement created a video to elevate the visibility and importance of the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, which is supported through the annual United Way campaign.
"If you take a moment to watch the video, it's easy to see that the Neighborhood Fund is a meaningful way to support our neighbors," says Michelle Carlstrom, senior director of Work, Life and Engagement.
The Neighborhood Fund provides grants to nonprofits that serve the communities around Johns Hopkins' Baltimore campuses and that are associated with Johns Hopkins through institutional, employee, student, or retiree involvement. Contributions from the Johns Hopkins community fully fund the grants that assist nonprofits' efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety.
"Since the fund's inception in 2007, $1.5 million has been awarded," Carlstrom says. "Over time, we can see the impact of the Neighborhood Fund through the organizations' incremental progress as they develop important programs and resources that make a difference."
There are two ways for employees to be involved with the Neighborhood Fund: By designating it as a recipient when making their pledge to United Way, and by sponsoring the grant application of a local nonprofit working to make Baltimore stronger.
Watch the video to learn firsthand from representatives of neighborhood nonprofits about the importance of donations from the Johns Hopkins community.