HopServe50 Registration is open from August 31 – October 31, 2017. Registration will open soon.
The Center for Social Concern is kicking off the new year by inviting all JHU Homewood undergraduate and graduate students from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, Peabody Institute, School of Education, and the Carey Business School to participate in the HopServe50 service challenge! Are you up for the challenge? HopServe50 begins on August 31, 2017 and ends on May 4, 2018. Read more information below.
What is HopServe50?
HopServe50 is an academic year service challenge to all undergraduate and graduate Homewood students to serve a minimum of 50 hours of non-paid civic engagement activities in Baltimore City. This includes activities with organizations whose work benefits the residents of our community. There are two tiers of HopServe50: HopServe50 and HopServe50 Plus. Read below to learn about the different tiers.
Registered participants who complete at least 50 qualifying service hours or non-paid civic engagement activities between August 31, 2017 and ends on May 4, 2018 are eligible to receive the HopServe50 Certificate. You’ll also be invited to an end of the year celebration that you won’t want to miss!
Registered participants who complete 100+ qualifying service hours or non-paid civic engagement activities between September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 are eligible to receive the HopServe50 Plus Certificate. Similar to the HopServe50 achievers, registered participants who complete over 100 service hours will also be invited to an end of the year celebration and much more! While we are not able to tell you at this moment what else you’ll receive for completing over 100+ service hours, we do realize that it’s quite an accomplishment and we will keep you informed as our plans unfold!
There will be additional giveaway prizes throughout the year! Both accomplishments are also great additions to your resume and will give you something to brag about with future employers and on grad school applications! The CSC believes the most valuable part of this experience is actively engaging with our community and providing an experience that will benefit you and others during your career at Hopkins and beyond. We can’t express to you enough the personal benefits, satisfaction, and professional skills (i.e. communication, critical thinking, leadership, etc.) that you’ll receive when participating in this challenge!
How do I Register and Track my Hours for HopServe50?
There are a few short steps that you need to complete to participate in HopServe50. As long as you register by October 31st and log and track your hours between August 31, 2017 and ends on May 4, 2018, you will be eligible to participate in HopServe50. Registration for HopServe50 is now closed.
Why Should I Participate in HopServe50?
There are so many reasons why you should participate in HopServe50 but we’d run out of room naming all of them. Look, we realize that as a student your time is limited. We understand you are juggling a full course load, studying lots, and have millions of other activities and commitments, but everyone needs a break! So, get away from your dorm room and leave the library for a little bit and get involved in HopServe50! Meet new friends, learn about Baltimore, and engage with our community, while working side by side with the impactful organizations that support our community 24/7. We’re confident that it will rejuvenate you in ways that you aren’t expecting!
The Center for Social Concern believes that critical reflection is an important component of the HopServe50 learning experience. We hope that your service experiences were meaningful and impactful while providing you with a hands-on experience that coincides with your academic and personal goals. We encourage all HopServe50 participants to take the time to reflect on your service experience. Consider the following questions:
- Why did I initially sign up for HopServe50?
- What activities did I do?
- Who else was there?
- What did I learn?
- Did I acquire any knowledge or skills during this experience?
- What effect did this experience have on me and others?
- Will this experience inspire me to continue a commitment to serving others?
Please join us by writing a written reflection or sharing your experiences with fellow engaged students.
What Types of Activities Count?
Below are some examples and a list of activities that count towards HopServe50. If you still have questions, go to our FAQ page to learn more.
Note: Activities conducted through Community-Based Learning courses and independent study also qualify if course activities fit any of the descriptions below.
- Volunteer and direct service that benefits non-Hopkins affiliates (ex. CSC student groups volunteering in the community with a local non-profit, President’s Day of Service, etc.)
- Center for Educational Outreach (ex. Barclay, HRC, Maryland Science Olympiad, SABES, etc.)
- Service completed during an Alternative Breaks Program
- Non-paid internships in a non-profit, grassroots collective, social enterprise, or local government setting
- Conducting non-paid research on behalf of/in partnership with a non-profit, grassroots collective, social enterprise, or local government
- Philanthropic activities (ex. Dance Marathon, Relay for Life)
- Blood drives
- Serving as a non-paid board member of non-profit, grassroots collective, social enterprise, or local government initiative
- Organizing community events and artistic performances that raise awareness of social issues
- Faith-based activities that benefit the broader community (ex. food pantries, meal preparation for people experiencing homelessness, but NOT activities that involve influencing someone to adopt a certain religion)
- Advocacy and civic participation activities (ex. voter registration drives, campaigns for social justice issues, but NOT promoting a particular political candidate)
- Serving as a non-paid organizer of any of the activities above
- Attending a facilitated reflection session
Qualifying activities adapted from Grand Valley State University’s “What Counts as Service? website.
If you are new to the CSC and need help finding a way to participate in HopServe50, it’s no problem! Many of the CSC’s program activities also count towards the service challenge. Definitely check them out! If you are already are working with an organization as an individual volunteer, not through the CSC, your service hours can count towards this challenge!