Group List

Each student group is categorized based on an interest area listed below. You can briefly view each student group’s expectations and learn more about their group by clicking on each student group name within the interest area.

Join a Student Group

After identifying a student group that you’d like to join, click on the student group name. It will take you to “Hopkins Groups” (the system that organizes all of our student groups) and click “Join Organization.”  Otherwise, you should contact the “primary contact” in each student group you are interested in joining. A team leader should follow up with you shortly.

All of our student groups do amazing work! Check out a few of our group spotlights: Alpha Phi OmegaHopkins for the Homeless, Jail Tutorial Project, and
Remington Homework Club!

Still have questions? Consider attending a Volunteering 101 Session (more information coming soon) to more about volunteer and engagement opportunities.  Or, consider adding the Student Involvement Fair. You’ll get a chance to speak with all of the CSC’s student groups in person.

Interest Areas and Student Groups List

Arts

  • Art Brigade
    We require our members to commit to a two hour volunteer trip the same day each week. Anyone is welcome to join so long as they come on time to these trips and consistently work with our group.
  • Musicare
    There is no requirement for number of hours, as Musicare is an open organization where members can sign up for any trips that they can attend. Board members are required to attend all board meetings unless excused, and librarians/conductors are required to attend rehearsals to make sure groups are prepared for the trips.

Community Development

  • Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
    Pledging semester required for new members. 20 hours minimum, 8 meetings, 6 fellowships (bonding activities) and 2 leadership points (received via leading events). All are subject to change.

 

  • Remington Homework Club
    While there are no strict requirements. We strongly encourage members to come as often as they can so they can develop stronger and deeper relationships with the kids they work with each semester.

Education and Youth Programming

  • Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
    Pledging semester required for new members. 20 hours minimum, 8 meetings, 6 fellowships (bonding activities) and 2 leadership points (received via leading events). All are subject to change.
  • Alternative Learning Coaches (ALC)
    Potential members must be able to serve at least 2 hours a week during predetermined time slots that range between the hours of 9AM to 3PM weekdays. Members are expected to attend every week.
  • Art Brigade
    We require our members to commit to a two hour volunteer trip the same day each week. Anyone is welcome to join so long as they come on time to these trips and consistently work with our group.
  • Best Buddies
    Members matched in a friendship are required to attend all events held on campus with the buddies whereas associate members are only required to attend one meeting a month.
  • Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University (Camp Kesem JHU)
    Each counselor is expected to attend one monthly general body meeting, join a committee and attend monthly meetings, attend 18 hours of counselor training, as well as attending all 6 days and 5 nights of camp in August. General body members are only required to attend general body meetings and committee meetings.
  • Crossover Basketball
    Members need to commit 2 hours per week to make trips to Barclay to help the basketball players grow as athletes and as students. They should make every effort to attend general body meetings.
  • Encore Music Program
    Around 1-2 hour commitment per week and need to attend the semester general body meetings.
  • Food as Medicine
    Food as Medicine members are expected to sign up for at least two tutoring sessions per semester either at Waverly or Barclay Elementary School. Members who have signed up for a session are also required to attend the briefing/planning meeting at the beginning of each week to discuss the tutoring material.
  • Girl Scouts (JHU Girl Scouts)
    New members are expected to attend weekly troop meetings, as well as leader meetings (about two per semester), and occasional recruitment events throughout the yearly.
  • Hop Help Tutoring (Hop Help)
    The expectations we have of our members are that they arrive on time to their assigned days and that they are committed to their sessions every week. Up to two absences are allowed per semester, but we require that our tutors inform us of their missed sessions in advance.
  • Hopkins Debate Tutorial
    We expect students to attend at least 1 after school practice session per month and judge at least 1 Saturday Baltimore Urban Debate League tournament throughout the semester. The practice sessions are at the BUDL office in Remington and last up to 2 hours including travel time and the BUDL tournaments are at various schools around the city and last up to 7 hours. We will also have a one hour general body meeting per month to discuss operations, curriculum, and scheduling..
  • JHU Circle K (Circle K)
    Each member is expected to complete 15 hours per semester; meetings are not mandatory but they do count towards the 15 service hours. You are allowed to decide which events you choose to go to as long as they add up to 15. Also, we do require dues of $10 each semester, which go towards member shirts and our end of year ceremony.
  • JHU Splash
    Members are required to attend all teacher/volunteer trainings and semester general body meetings. Each member is also expected to either teach or volunteer the day of Splash and/or participate its preparations. Check out Splash’s Program!

 

  • Refugee Action Project (RAP)
    We require all tutors to be trained for ESOL teaching skills, conflicts solving, and general tutoring skills. Training occurs at a session we provide in conjunction with the Refugee Youth Project of the Baltimore City Community College. Attendance of this session and completion of training is mandatory for all tutors. As tutors are responsible for supporting RYP students’ overall transition to Baltimore, our tutors commit one service shift weekly in order to build and maintain a trusting relationship with the students. In joining RAP, tutors also commit to chaperoning our on-campus Fall event (Trick-or- Treat) and Spring Event (Field Trip to Spring Fair). Members who cannot tutor weekly due to schedule conflicts are classified as inactive, though they are still expected at the fall and spring events.
  • Remington Outreach
    While there are no strict requirements. We strongly encourage members to come as often as they can so they can develop stronger and deeper relationships with the kids they work with each semester.
  • Thread
    We ask that volunteers see their student around once a week or once every other week which ends up being about a 2 hr per week commitment.
  • YO! Baltimore Tutoring Project
    We expect members to go to the center once a week, which last 2 hours plus at least half an hour for transportation. Members may be excused if informed in advance. We have general body meetings about twice a semester, but they are not required to be a member of the club.

STEM  Student Groups

  • Aspiring Scientists, Engineers, and Physicians Partnership (ASEPP)
    Our trips will be on Friday evenings from 4-5:30/6pm. If you are unable to make this time but are still interested in our group, you could still be a part of ASEPP! Since we design our own lesson plans, we could always use the extra help in logistics. Must attend mandatory curriculum development meetings each month and attend a majority of weekly service events at Carmelo Anthony Center.
  • Baltimore Robotics Institute
    We expect that our members volunteer once per week for roughly 3 hours. Volunteering entails going to either a school or the 29th St Community Center, and helping kids out with building their robots in preparation for the next VEX competition. Members must also attend general body meetings that occur once a month.
  • Bootup Baltimore (Bootup)
    Potential members are expected to come to one service event per week (either a teaching or refurbishment session) which is approximately 2 hours. Potential members are also expected to attend at least one of the general body meetings throughout the semester.

  For donations, please visit Bootup Baltimore’s website.

  • Charm City Science League (CCSL)
    We expect members to attend weekly mentoring sessions that last around 2 hours. If they are unable to come to these sessions because of class conflicts, they may work on planning curriculum for the schools. We hold mandatory general body meetings for all members before important competitions and events, such as the Regional and State Science Olympiad tournaments. Finally, we expect members to be present at the aforementioned competitions and events if so required.
  • Community School Initiative (CSI)
    Each member will be asked to participate in the biweekly planning and execution of science labs (one hour sessions) a the community school every Tuesday and Thursday. Given the size of our group, these labs are divided among 4-5 person teams for each lab session. Thus, a given member will be expected to attend a session at The Community School  approximately 5-6 times per semester. A point person is also designated for each teaching team to serve as the team organizer.
  • Ready, Set, Design! 
    We expect that potential members make a commitment to being present at our events and to attend all group meetings.  Group meetings are the chance for us to reflect on  previous events and to plan future events. When volunteers help support our events, we have an hour training/set up portion they are required to attend, and a reflection/tear down hour after the event has finished. Volunteers are expected to be at both.
  • United Innoworks Academy (InnoWorks)
    Since our group is relatively small, we expect new members to be aware of their potentially immediate impact in our group and on standing cause. We expect new members to not be afraid to speak up and bring new ideas to the table. There are no specific requirements for attendance but we expect all members to attend weekly meetings unless personal or dire circumstances.

Environment and Sustainability

  • The Alliance for Clean Water (ACWA)
    Because of our open membership system, we do not have specific expectations regarding general meeting attendance requirements. However, we do expect potential members participating in our service events to attend respective informational meetings, usually held a few days before the service trip.
  • Real Food Hopkins
    Members are required to attend weekly 1-hour meetings and are encouraged to volunteer with a community partner such as the Blue Jay’s Perch community garden at least twice per semester. In addition, members are expected to participate in and/or help prepare for educational events hosted on campus which include food waste awareness events, live cooking demos, sustainability networking events, and Food System Working Group meetings.

Healthcare, Health Education, and Advocacy

  • Advocates for Baltimore Community Health (ABC Health)
    We require members to participate in either the advocacy projects or clinical volunteering or both in order to be in good standing. For each semester we require 4 hours of advocacy trips and 2 poster making sessions or a commitment to any clinic that we are partnered with which can be weekly or biweekly commitments. We hold about 2-3 meetings per semester and require that members attend or send excuses if they cannot attend.
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at Johns Hopkins University

    We expect members to complete at least 20 hours per semester through volunteering, attending group meetings and helping in fundraising events. Members are also expected to follow through, be punctual and show up to the time slots they signed up for at Keswick Multi-Care Center.

     

  • American Red Cross (ARC)

    We expect members to sign up with the Red Cross Volunteer Connect service to log hours and also with Hopkins groups. While there is no stringent amount of service hours required to be active, we expect members to attend and staff the bi- or tri-semester blood drives for at least 1 hour. Next semester, we will expect members to serve at least 5 hours with us. We expect members to attend at least 2 general body meetings, and members will be expected to come to at least 3 of the bi-monthly general body meetings.

  • Health Leads (HL)
    Potential advocates will go through a rigorous application and interview process during the first two weeks of schools. Once advocates are accepted into the organization, they are required to attend a weekend long training. Each advocate is asked to attend a three hour weekly shift, an hour and thirty minute long Advocate Development session alternated on a weekly basis with a Follow up Support Session to gain support and reflect on their work with their clients. In addition, advocates are expected to dedicate their time and efforts to helping their clients not only while they are on shift, but also in their free time to provide the best service possible.
  • Hopkins AIDS Alliance
    We expect members to attend at least two trips per semester and at least one meeting or program on campus.
  • Hopkins Association for Stroke Awareness (HASA)
    We expect members to require every meeting, which occurs every other Sunday. We also require members to attend two health fairs per semester and can choose to volunteer at the Stroke Ward or with the FaceTime Communications Program.
  • Project Prevent
    Potential members will be expected to attend every general body meeting (not held often). They will also be expected to help contact 10 different agencies each semester and attend the health fair at least once a year.
  • Salud
    We have 5 different projects in SALUD and all of them require different number of hours, depending on the project (hours range from 4 per month to 4 per week). We don’t have meeting attendance requirements and we do not hold office hours either. However, our meetings have been conducted in Spanish. We meet 2-3 times a semester in order to make big announcements about our fundraising project and get to know other volunteers and about other volunteering opportunities.
  • Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE)
    General Members are required to volunteer two hours per month during academic semesters at the SHARE room of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Additionally, General Members are required to attend a General Body Meeting (GBM) on the first Sunday of each of these months from 7pm-8pm.
  • Students United with America’s Toothfairy (SUAT)
    We require members to attend our meetings once a week and participate in going to Barclay at least once out of the 2 days we go each week. We also expect them to help us in our other events like the Smile Drive.
  • United Against Inequities in Disease (UAID)
    We require members to attend the biweekly meetings (maximum of 2 absences per semester). Members must also volunteer at least twice a month. In addition, they are expected to help out at least once a semester with fundraising, social, or panel events.

Homelessness and Poverty

  • Cooking 4 Love (C4L)
    Volunteers have the option of attending cooking and/or serving shifts weekly. Sign ups are sent to members of our ListServ via email each week. Cooking shifts take place in the Interfaith Center (IFC) kitchen from 2-4 PM on Fridays. Serving shifts meet at the IFC at 4 PM on Fridays and take place from 4-6 PM at “My Sister’s Place” women’s shelter. All transportation to and from the shelter is provided. Volunteers must attend the entire 2 hour shift that they sign up for
  • Hopkins for the Homeless (HFTH)
    We will have meetings every other week. All members are required to attend meetings and are not allowed to miss more than two meetings a semester. All members are required to attend at least two large events and 3 small events during each semester, a minimum of 2 service hours per event.

General

  • Breaking Chains
    We expect our members to lead basic life skills classes for Safe House of Hope’s  (SHOH) clients once or twice a month (3-4 hour shifts) at SHOH’s Drop-In Center in Curtis Bay, MD. All members are required to attend one 2-hour training (date TBD) provided by SHOH’s Drop-In Center Leaders before any interaction with SHOH clients. Volunteers with valid driver’s licenses may be asked to become CSC Van Certified so that volunteers has transportation to SHOH. General body meetings will be held once or twice a month  for announcements, to brainstorm class ideas, and educate volunteers about domestic and international human trafficking
  • Hopkins for the Elderly
    Board members are supposed to attend all of the weekly volunteer opportunities while members are encouraged to attend most of the weekly volunteer opportunities but are not required to do so. We do service once a week for an hour and a half with an additional monthly 4 hour service opportunity.
  • Pets and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
    We expect our members to volunteer at the shelter at least twice a month, though we hope that they will volunteer more often. We will have mandatory meetings two to three times a month depending on the various events we are holding. Our members are expected to participate (setting up, cleaning up, promotion, etc.) in our major fundraising events.
  • United Muslim Relief
    For board members, they are expected to attend weekly 1-hour meetings for planning and organizing events. In addition, board members spend varying amounts of time during the week, outside of meeting, making the necessary arrangements for our events to be a success (e.g. contacting other nonprofits, student groups, buying supplies for events, etc.). The president also has weekly conference calls with UMR National to set our agenda and organize our upcoming events. Board members are expected to devote 2-4 hours on average per week, and more as events get closer. We typically organize a general body meeting once a month, which will add up to between 2-3 per semester.

Our Support and Commitment

Each student group is assigned a CSC staff advisor and  a group management intern. Advisors are professional staff members at the Center for Social Concern or one of its partner offices on campus.

Staff advisors and group management interns serve in an advisory capacity to support student group engagement with community partners, interpret University policy, and provide guidance and support to work through challenges that may arise. In addition, CSC staff advisors and group management interns challenge and support student groups to provide high-quality, respectful, and meaningful service in concert with our community partner organizations to address community-identified needs. We are here and committed to support you!

Expectations

Unlike on-campus organizations, Center for Social Concern student groups have an added responsibility to their community partner(s) and the population they serve. Each student group has appointed leaders and officers (i.e. President, Vice-President, Financial Officer, etc.) who serve as points of contact to the CSC, their community partners, and fellow group members. Student group leaders work closely with their community partners to ensure each other’s goals are met and there is successful collaboration throughout the year.

In addition, group leaders work with CSC staff advisors and group management interns to ensure they are meeting CSC and University policies and procedures.

Our hope is that your student group experiences provide you and your group members an opportunity that compliments your academic endeavors, helps you explore pressing social justice challenges, and deepens your understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses.

Still have questions? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu or call (410) 516-4777.