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Community Engagement Opportunities

Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program Provides Food during the Holidays

In memory of Vernon Rice, a longtime Johns Hopkins employee and community volunteer, the Johns Hopkins community is invited to donate $20 to provide a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from local and free-range farms for a family in need. St. Anthony of Padua Church will deliver the food baskets directly to families for the November and December holidays. To participate, please send a $20 check or money order made payable to:

JHU Turkey Program
Office of Work, Life and Engagement
1101 E. 33rd Street, Suite C100
Baltimore, MD 21218

Payment must be received by November 4 to assist families for Thanksgiving and December 6 for the December holidays.

Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior to Brighten the Holidays

The Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior program helps to make the holiday season brighter for those in need and provides families and individuals with gifts, clothing and grocery gift cards that they may not otherwise receive or be able to afford.

This holiday season, we are partnering with Family and Children Services of Central Maryland and Furman L. Templeton Elementary School. The Johns Hopkins Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior program is sponsored by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement and is a charitable activity for faculty, staff, students and retirees of all Hopkins entities and locations. To sign up, please visit and complete the program registration form no later than Thursday, December 12.

Homewood Blood Drive

Be a Hero. Give Blood. Take a break from your workday to make a blood donation that could save up to three lives. You’ll be joining the thousands of other heroes who are keeping our blood supply going.

All eligible donors are asked to help save a life, give blood and make the Hopkins Hero Pledge:

Choose one or more

  • Donate 4 times a year
  • Bring 2 first-time donors to the drive
  • Volunteer 10 hours
  • Make 2 “double red” donations

*Double red cell donation uses a machine that collects red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to donors. Red cells are the most transfused blood component. The process takes an extra half-hour but yields two units of red cells.

The blood drive runs from 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall, Homewood Campus. To schedule your lifesaving donation, visit:

Give a Day. Change a Mind.

Johns Hopkins is pleased to partner with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) as they seek volunteers to join their Achievement Counts Speakers Bureau. Volunteers inform, motivate and inspire eighth- and ninth-grade students statewide to prepare them for college and careers. The Achievement Counts message increases students’ awareness about the importance of rigorous coursework, college/career expectations and the realities of life after high school. Eighty-three percent of students say their speaker influenced their academic decisions.

Volunteering requires a minimal amount of time away from work: a three-hour training session and three to four 45-minute classroom presentations—the equivalent of two half-days. After training, volunteers select schools, dates and times that are convenient for their schedules. To register for the program and a training session, visit

A special training date for Johns Hopkins employees is scheduled on:
Wednesday, Oct. 30: Johns Hopkins at Eastern High School (9 to 12 noon)

Parking is free at Eastern High School. The Johns Hopkins Shuttle makes frequent runs between campuses. For more information on shuttle schedules, visit

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