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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 a local and free-range farm 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 5 to assist families for Thanksgiving and December 5 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 Friday, 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 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 and 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall, Homewood campus.

To schedule your lifesaving donation, visit:

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