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Hopkins in the Community

With our main campus located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is truly and proudly a city resident. Our commitment to the local community is based on the simple truth that the health and well being of the university is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well being of the city in which we live. Our founder and namesake, Johns Hopkins, put forth that idea when he made a bequest to establish a university and a hospital.

As the city’s largest anchor institution, Johns Hopkins feels the constant pull of urban issues. Our faculty, staff, students, and administrators are answering the call on a daily basis, in ways both large and small, from volunteering as tutors in local schools to contributing nearly $5 billion in economic output in the city.

A few examples of our community efforts:

  • Each fall, more than 1,000 members of the faculty, staff, and student body come together for President’s Day of Service to tackle hundreds of small projects—mulching trees, or painting school classrooms, or planting community gardens.
  • The Homewood Community Partners Initiative is a unique university-community partnership aimed at boosting quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus, including reducing blight, improving education, catalyzing commercial and retail development, and strengthening local hiring and purchasing.
  • SOURCE, founded in 2005 to centralize community service and service-learning efforts at the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health in East Baltimore, has more than 100 partnerships with community-based organizations across Baltimore.
  • The East Baltimore Development Initiative is a partnership among the university, the city of Baltimore, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and others, to invest in the large-scale revitalization of areas around Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore campus. That effort includes opening and operating, in partnership with Morgan State University, the Henderson-Hopkins school, the first new school in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.
  • The Tutorial Project brings approximately 100 children to our Homewood campus twice a week for help with reading and math.
  • Our Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive has provided uniforms for more than 1,400 Baltimore City Public School students in the past three years.
  • Dozens of students spend their summers working for community-focused charitable groups and social service agencies across Baltimore as part of our Community Impact Internships Program.
  • The Center for Social Concern provides a base for more than 60 student-run programs that serve Baltimore communities. In 2009–2010, more than 1,500 students performed nearly 80,000 hours of volunteer work through these programs.
  • Through the Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools program and other education initiatives, almost 200 university employees regularly volunteer in Baltimore public schools.

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Johns Hopkins in the community

Our community website is a place where the university community and the local community can interact and trade information about what’s going on in our neighborhoods.