Nominations open for MLK Jr. Award for Community Service

Help recognize volunteers demonstrating the spirit of citizenship and activism that characterized the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service.

The prestigious award is given each year to members of the Johns Hopkins community who demonstrate Dr. King's values of service, equality, and selflessness through their volunteerism.

All faculty, staff, and graduate students of the university and health system, as well as persons regularly assigned to work at Hopkins through affiliated organizations, are eligible to receive the award, and self-nominations are welcome.

Four recipients each from the university and health system will be selected. In addition, one of the organizations at which an honoree volunteers will be chosen to receive $5,000. The organization must hold a 501(c)(3) tax code designation or use a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal agent.

The online nomination form must be submitted by Oct. 15. A review panel composed of Johns Hopkins employees will make the final selections in November.

The community service must have been completed during 2021 and should not be a part of the individual's duties at Johns Hopkins. Past recipients have been recognized for important work that includes helping women prevent homelessness, mentoring students, distributing hot meals, and renovating vacant houses for low-income earners.

Plans for the awards recognition ceremony will be announced soon.

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