Saturday, October 13th marked the 10th Annual President’s Day of Service at Johns Hopkins University. Organized by the Center for Social Concern, hundreds of Hopkins students were randomly assigned to varying activities throughout Baltimore City. Some projects included cleaning parking lots in South Baltimore, planting trees or even pruning community gardens. Ten lucky undergraduate students were assigned to Project PLASE and dedicated their time in service to the Beacon House Square facility.
Our small but noble group painted the cafeteria walls at 3601 Old Fredrick Road. Students were greeted by Hope Sanders, our part time executive assistant, Nia Hampton our new communications specialist, Robert Dangerfield our maintenance man and Pablo Tejeda, our new maintenance manager. Hope briefly explained how we provide housing and shelter to those in need. Robert followed with detailed instructions for the day. The students enjoyed a small snack and then quickly got to work adding a fresh coat of paint to the wall. They finished the job in just three hours! It was great to have a group of committed students on site for the day.
After the day of service ended students were asked to go back to the Homewood campus and participate in a reflection with the rest of the University. Going into the 10th year, the President’s Day of Service places hundreds of students in various nonprofits throughout Baltimore hoping to help students better connect to the city through service. Many students reflected on how they’ve found themselves caught in “the Hopkins bubble”. Spending a day in the City helped them realize how much and what they owe to Baltimore City. The Center of Social Concern also offers a paid summer internship to students at participating nonprofits. Project PLASE intends to snatch up a Hopkins intern next summer!