Involved in Baltimore
Working with Students Sharing
Coalition, J.R. Yarbrough leads a group through Remington
to map the community and clean trash. Annie Lee, left,
PHOTO BY HIPS / WILL KIRK
The city of Baltimore got a chance to meet the class
of 2009 — and vice versa — on Sept. 7, when
more than 400 of the newest Johns Hopkins students ventured
off campus for Involved, a day of service at 21 locales,
most of them near the Homewood campus.
Founded six years ago by an undergraduate, the annual
service day seeks to get freshmen engaged with community
volunteer projects for all four years of their education.
At Hampden Elementary School, in cooperation with the
Mayor's Office's Believe in Our Schools campaign, JHU
students helped turn a parking lot into a playground, and
at Project PLASE — People Lacking Ample Shelter and
Employment — other students learned about the group's
mission and helped out in some of its homeless shelters.
Other projects included cleaning up parts of Leakin
Park, a project coordinated by Civic Works; assembling
furniture and beautifying the grounds at Barclay Elementary
School; and working with the Parks & People Foundation on
greening projects in the Barclay neighborhood.
The Involved program is overseen by the university's
Center for Social
Concern. This year's chair was Malka Jampol, a senior
political science major from Newton, Mass. Jampol said that
she applied for the position because she likes volunteering
and had a great experience during her own freshmen day of
service. "I also felt I had not done much for the local
community since arriving here as a freshmen, only for the
university's community," she said, "and I wanted to make
sure I left some sort of positive lasting impression before
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