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College president enlists staff to inspire student volunteers

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When Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels wanted students to get more involved in the Baltimore community, he got the school’s employees involved first.

He recruited staff members and more than two dozen students to join him for this year’s President’s Day of Service, and he worked alongside undergraduates, faculty members and employees to paint a local community center.

The project, one employee said, allowed her to learn as much as the students did about community services and the people who live near the school.

And this isn’t Daniels’ first effort to engage the university community with the community at large.

The day-long day of service began in 2009. Since then, the combined staff-faculty-student volunteer corps has grown to about 1,200. The volunteers work at various nonprofits around the city.

The day is organized each year by a university office that works with Baltimore community service groups.

Contact: Rollin Johnson Jr. of the JHU Center for Social Concern, rjohn181@jhu.edu.

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