Planting, weeding and making lunches for the homeless. These are just some of the ways more than 1,000 Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and staff will try to help the city on Saturday, Sept. 24, as they volunteer en masse at more than 30 Baltimore non-profit organizations.
The university’s annual President’s Day of Service, now in its eighth year, will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center on the Homewood campus. President Ronald J. Daniels will address participants who will then fan out to volunteer across the city. Volunteer projects will run roughly from noon to 3 p.m.
Some of the organizations and sites volunteers will be helping include the Boone Street Farm, C.A.R.E. Community Association,Clay Pots, the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, Liberty Elementary School, Manna House, People’s Homesteading Group and Thread.
The larger projects, where 50 to 100 volunteers are expected, include:
- Carmine Avenue Community Garden, 5120 Carmine Ave,: Volunteers will be helping with a garden clean-up and preparing the garden for fall/winter.
- Second Chance, 1700 Ridgely St.: Second Chance is a non-profit that provides job training in housing deconstruction to those with employment obstacles. They also have a warehouse store that sells reclaimed materials. Volunteers will process salvaged lumber and flooring and sort, label and place inventory.
- The Samaritan Women, 602 S. Chapel Gate Lane: The Samaritan Women is a faith-based organization that provides transitional shelter and workforce opportunities for women formerly involved in human trafficking. Volunteers will help fix their greenhouse and weed, mulch, and clear crops.
- Greater Remington Improvement Association, 541 W. 27th St: Volunteers will work with residents to cleanup a community lot and various streets.
Johns Hopkins Alumni Association chapters, including those in Boston and Minneapolis, will join the effort with service projects in their cities.
On Saturday Oct. 8, about 150 students, staff, faculty and alumni from the university’s East Baltimore medical campus, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, will also volunteer at several locations.
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