Seven simple ways for employees to support the Baltimore community

Volunteers wearing Johns Hopkins T-shirts

Image caption: Building the playground in Eager Park, just north of the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, June 2017

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Each year, Johns Hopkins and its employees generously support neighboring communities in Baltimore City. Volunteering time, donating money, and contributing resources—in addition to providing many benefits to those facing hardship—builds and fortifies a healthy workplace and helps participants develop skills, strengthen relationships, relieve stress, and promote well-being.

As the giving season approaches, faculty and staff will receive several announcements about ways they can give time, money, and resources. To help you review some of the opportunities at a glance, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement has posted on its website an annotated list of its programs offered through the end of 2018.

Included are each program's focus, kind of giving activity (time, money, and resource), and timeline. To participate, visit the Community Engagement Opportunities page or email for additional information.

Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore (time)

Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore is an on-site community service program that leverages the talent of faculty and staff to provide needed support to Baltimore City organizations and schools. Departments are encouraged to take time to volunteer as a group and make a positive impact on these communities and individuals in need. University employees may apply up to two days of annual service leave.

Timeline: Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year

Vernon Rice Memorial Turkey Program ($)

With employee donations of $25, the Vernon Rice Memorial Turkey program provides a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from a local free-range farm to a family in need. St. Anthony of Padua Church delivers the food baskets directly to families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Debit/credit cards are accepted.

Timeline: Sept. 15 through Dec. 7

Johns Hopkins United Way Campaign ($)

Each year, the Johns Hopkins community raises more than $2 million in support of United Way of Central Maryland's critical efforts to improve the lives of Marylanders in need. Employees make pledges online.

Timeline: Oct. 18 through Dec. 21

Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund ($)

The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund assists local nonprofit organizations' efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety. United Way pledge designations made to the Neighborhood Fund typically generate more than $200,000 in contributions that are allocated in grants of up to $15,000.

Timeline: Oct. 18 through Dec. 21

Chili Cook-off/Dessert Bake-off (time + $)

Every October, the university's Chili Cook-off/Dessert Bake-off uses spookily good chili and sweet treats to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins United Way campaign. Faculty and staff can participate in two ways: Enter their best dishes and compete for prizes, or pay to taste test the entries and eat a catered chili lunch ($5 with a Halloween costume or accessory, $10 without).

Timeline: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in Homewood's Glass Pavilion

Hopkins' Got Talent (time + $)

Hopkins' Got Talent, a signature event showcasing staff and faculty from each university division, puts the "fun" into fundraising. The event is open to the public, and the audience helps decide who wins the $500 cash prize. All proceeds go to the Johns Hopkins United Way campaign.

Timeline: Monday, Dec. 10, at the Peabody Conservatory, time TBA

Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior Program (resources + $)

The Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior Program helps make the holiday season brighter for families and individuals in need by providing gifts, clothing, and grocery gift cards that they may not otherwise receive or be able to afford.

Timeline: Oct. 23 through Nov. 30

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