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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in volunteer opportunities to support communities in Baltimore, Howard County, Washington, DC, and St. Petersburg, FL on Friday, January 25, 2019

The volunteer opportunities vary in length of time needed, so you are encouraged to block the morning, afternoon, or all day until you register for a specific activity. University employees may use service leave provided by Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore.


Registration is open.

More than 500 volunteer slots are available, each requiring a time commitment of approximately four hours. You are welcome to sign up for one slot or participate in a full day of service. University employees working in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. may use service leave provided by Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore.

Clothing Drive

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine has scheduled a clothing drive as part of the MLK Day of Service.

If you are interested in donating new or gently used clothing for children and formerly homeless, disabled, or low-income men and women entering or re-entering the workforce, please indicate your participation by completing the form below. Accepted clothing includes:

  • Children: coats, hats, mittens & scarves, pants, shirts, dresses, and sleepwear
  • Women: outerwear, suits, blouses, skirts, dress pants, dresses, and handbags
  • Men: outerwear, suits, sports jackets, dress pants, shirts, ties, and formal wear.

Note: we cannot accept shoes or undergarments.

Please complete this form if you intend to donate clothing. 

Drop Off Locations

Baltimore City 

Howard County

Washington, DC 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I park?
    Parking directions will be emailed with details regarding your volunteer location. We strongly encourage carpooling to the site because parking is limited. If parking is not available, you will have to find street parking.  
  • Can I bring my child?
    No. We are not able to include minors in these activities.
  • Do I have to stay the whole time?
    We encourage all volunteers to stay during the scheduled time. However, all volunteers are there on their own time and we understand that emergencies happen. 
  • Is lunch provided?
    Lunch is not provided. However, if your site is an all-day volunteer event, lunch times have been built into the volunteer timeline.  
  • Is there heavy lifting?
    Some volunteer sites may require lifting 5-15 lbs, but the vast majority of sites do not require this.  
  • The volunteer slots are filled. Can an exception be made for me to participate?

    Unfortunately, an exception cannot be made as sites cannot accommodate more volunteers than requested. 


If you have questions about this event, please send a message to

This is Johns Hopkins’ second MLK Jr. Day of Service. The inaugural event, held in January 2018, sent more than 400 employees to nonprofit organizations in the four designated communities.

The volunteer effort is organized by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Updated 1/9/2019