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A little bit of sweat, a whole lot of smiles

Baltimore-Washington community marks sixth annual Johns Hopkins in Action day of service
Posted May 7, 2018
In downtown Baltimore, at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms, Hopkins volunteers partnered with those from Bloomberg LP, Under Armour, and Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program to build more than 100 bicycles for local children. In downtown Baltimore, at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms, Hopkins volunteers partnered with those from Bloomberg LP, Under Armour, and Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program to build more than 100 bicycles for local children.

It's an overcast Saturday afternoon, and Stacey Robinson, MS (A&S '09), is walking down a dirt path that runs between a noisy stretch of I-895 and a quiet branch of the Patapsco River just south of Baltimore. She could spend her weekend hours anywhere, but she's chosen to be here, alongside a group of a half-dozen that includes her sister and fellow Hopkins alumna Alysen Robinson, MS (A&S '07). Their task: cleaning a litter-ridden swath of Patapsco State Park as part of the sixth annual Johns Hopkins in Action day of service.

"I like to do the outdoor sites," says Robinson, who's participated in four other Johns Hopkins in Action observances. "When I moved back east, I wanted to get back into the habit of giving back and was looking for opportunities to take part in, and I found this."

Robinson was one of more than 300 volunteers who served at 12 sites across the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area. They collected and sorted books for the Maryland Book Bank, packed meals for the homeless at the Capital Area Food Bank, and joined partners from Bloomberg LP, Under Armour, and Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program to build more than 100 bikes for Baltimore children.

"Hopkins is such a huge, ever-present part of the community, and its important that we take care of our area and give something back," Robinson says.

Since 2013, Johns Hopkins in Action events in the mid-Atlantic and nationwide have given current students, alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and friends a chance to put the core values of the Rising to the Challenge campaign to work, helping to address issues facing our campuses, community, and world. As the campaign draws to a close in June 2018, take a trip down Johns Hopkins in Action memory lane by clicking on any of the "You Might Also Like" links featuring coverage from past years. You can also view a retrospective photo gallery on our Facebook page.