Hopkins in the Community

With our main campus located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is truly and proudly a city resident. Our commitment to our local communities 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 answer 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.

Some examples of our community efforts:

  • In 2015, we launched the HopkinsLocal initiative to promote economic growth and employment opportunities in Baltimore. As part of HopkinsLocal, we have made a commitment to increase design and construction contracts with local minority- and women-owned businesses, to expand the number of new hires that come from city neighborhoods where employment opportunities are needed, and to build relationships with more city-based vendors.
  • In 2016, Johns Hopkins and 24 other Baltimore-area businesses announced the launch of the BLocal initiative, an effort to help create more economic opportunities in the city.
  • Our Homewood Community Partners Initiative is a university-community partnership aimed at boosting quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus by reducing blight, improving education, catalyzing commercial and retail development, and strengthening local hiring and purchasing.
  • The East Baltimore Development Initiative is a partnership among the university, the city of Baltimore, and others, to invest in the revitalization of areas around Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore campus. That effort includes opening and operating the Henderson-Hopkins school, the first new school in East Baltimore in more than 20 years.
  • Through a partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, we helped create the city’s first Pre-K through 8th grade school dedicated to giving students a foundation in engineering and computer skills.
  • University leaders were instrumental in bringing the successful P-TECH model to Maryland public schools, creating a school-to-industry pipeline for students in STEM fields. Baltimore’s Dunbar High School will partner with Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and others to offer health science degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tutorial Project brings approximately 100 children to our Homewood campus twice a week each semester for help with reading and math.
  • Our Adopt-a-Student Uniform Drive has provided uniforms for more than 2,500 Baltimore City Public School students in the past five 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 50 student-led programs that serve Baltimore communities. In 2016–2017, volunteers performed more than 96,000 hours of work through these programs.
From the Hub
Small business
Standing by local businesses affected by COVID-19
Published March 25, 2020
Carey students develop new website that helps Baltimore’s small businesses survive the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Artwork by students at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School No. 215
Community
A showcase for artwork by Baltimore City students
Published Feb 28, 2020
The 10th Annual Black History Month Student Art Competition was held at Creative Alliance on Feb. 15
HopkinsLocal
Diversity a cornerstone of new HopkinsLocal goals
Published Jan 29, 2020
University and health system unveil new set of three-year goals to bolster economic opportunity in Baltimore by building, hiring, and buying locally
Save the date
Johns Hopkins Day at Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Published Jan 21, 2020 Photos
All Hopkins affiliates and their families can enjoy free admission to the museum on Saturday, Feb. 8, in celebration of Black History Month
Hopkins helps break ground on new homes in East Baltimore
Published Dec 17, 2019
Johns Hopkins leaders were among civic organizations and developers to celebrate the new and revitalized homes that will be part of Henderson Crossing