Regional Volunteer Conference
Students from The Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Naval Academy will host the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Conference on Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The conference is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The conference will bring students from colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region together with local volunteer agencies, community advocates, and college faculty and staff. Participants will convene in the Great Hall in Levering Union to engage in discussions about community service, with the purpose of identifying needs in the region and ways to address those needs.
The conference will feature Del. Maggie McIntosh of the Maryland House of Delegates as the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Wes Moore, Johns Hopkins alumnus and White House fellow; Leigh Fernald, community school organizer at Barclay Elementary/Middle School; Bishop Douglas Miles, founder of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development and bishop of the Koinonia Baptist Church; and Matthew Crenson, professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins.
The focus of the conference will be the relationship between educational institutions and volunteerism, and will examine topics including service learning, advocacy, and charting the progress of service projects.
The conference was organized by undergraduates Jacqueline Clauss and Jillian Richmond, both assistants in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern; and midshipmen Shanece Kendall, Nicholas Mararac, and Johannes Schonberg of the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group. The organizers found that there was no venue for students and community members of the Mid- Atlantic Region to network and share ideas about service, and so created this conference in hopes of uniting service organizations to achieve more, far-reaching goals.
The Center for Social Concern is the volunteer office on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and has more than 40 student groups that are committed to serving the Baltimore community. The USNA Midshipman Action Group is the volunteer organization at the Naval Academy and it provides service to Annapolis and the surrounding communities.
Further information and materials from the Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Conference may be found at the conference Web site, www.usna.edu/MAG/MAVC.
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