Holiday outreach programs available

To assist members of the Johns Hopkins community whose personal lives are enriched by involvement with their communities, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement strives to provide meaningful volunteer service and charitable opportunities.

At this time of year—before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gears up—three programs run by Work, Life and Engagement can help ease the hardships faced by Baltimore City residents while contributing to employees' personal work-life integration.

"These opportunities for Baltimore families and seniors facing hardship also align with the mission of Johns Hopkins to support the health and stability of communities throughout Baltimore," says Ian Reynolds, director of WorkLife and Community Programs.

The fall and winter Professional Clothing Drive, which runs through Nov. 12, accepts donations of new and gently used professional clothing to help formerly homeless, disabled, or low-income men and women just entering or re-entering the workforce. Information about drop-off locations and the kinds of clothing that can be donated is listed at

The Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program provides a food basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from local and free-range farms for each $27 donation.

Families and seniors receive the food for the holidays in November and December. Nov. 9 is the deadline for donations toward food baskets for Thanksgiving. For details, go to

Another program, Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior, matches interested members of the Johns Hopkins community with families, seniors, and adults with disabilities who are in need of clothing and grocery gift cards that they might not otherwise receive or be able to afford during the December holiday season. For more information, go to

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