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Johns Hopkins in Action Baltimore draws 250 participants
On a sunny, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Johns Hopkins alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff joined local community-based organizations to make significant change on a grassroots level. As part of Johns Hopkins in Action, the volunteers offered their time to do some important work around our city and to get into the spirit of the Rising to the Challenge campaign. Many participants started the day with a beautiful 5k run through the streets of downtown Baltimore supporting the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Others prepared lunches for the homeless or cleaned local streams of debris and trash.
“It is awful to think of the amount of trash we all go through," says volunteer, Alvin Jay Figer, Ed ’11 (MS), who came to Powder Mill Run as part of a stream clean up with Blue Water Baltimore. "I personally reflected while I was picking up plastic bags, plastic bottles, clothes, wrappers, and other debris how I need to reduce the amount of trash I produce.”
In the end, hundreds of meals were made, bags of debris removed, gardens were tended, trees were planted, and most importantly change was made in the spirit of Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins.
A very sincere thank you to all of our participants and our host organizations.
- Bread for the City
- Blue Water Baltimore
- Civic Works - Baltimore's urban service corps program
- The 6th Branch/Operation Oliver
- Health Care for the Homeless
- Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, William Donald Schaefer House
- Maryland Food Bank
- Moveable Feast
- Packard Center 7th Annual Fiesta 5K Run for ALS Research
- Parks and People
- People's Homesteading Group
- Wyman Park Dell