President’s Day of Service

picture of students cleaning up green space in baltimore during president's day of service

President’s Day of Service – Get involved in Baltimore!

President’s Day of Service

The President’s Day of Service is an annual one-day community service event held in the fall. Undergraduate students work closely with the Center for Social Concern to plan and organize the entire event. We often work with non-profit organizations and community centers which already have lasting commitments to provide and care for the residents of Baltimore. This event strives to thank those organizations for their great work by President's Day of Service Logoputting our volunteers right there beside them.

Hopkins students, staff, faculty, and alumni volunteers fan out across several Baltimore neighborhoods for the day to work on a variety of activities:

  • Planting trees and seeds
  • Painting walls to clean up our beloved city
  • Beautifying a vacant lot in North Baltimore
  • Pruning a community garden
  • Participating in a neighborhood clean-up

You’ll have the opportunity to meet new friends and work with great, local non-profit organizations that make a tremendous difference in our community. Or, maybe you are one of many organizations who just need a few extra hands to help complete a project that you haven’t had the chance to finish up!

Have questions? Contact (410) 516-4777 or email during business hours.

President DanielsThis event has grown in scope and purpose. It stands as a great example of the ways Hopkins is not simply in Baltimore, but of this city, and the ways in which our long-standing commitment to our communities are a priority. – President Ron Daniels

How to Get Involved

There are a couple of different ways to become involved with PDOS;

  1. If you are a JHU staff, student, faculty, or alumni, volunteer for the day at a local non-profit organization or community center.
  2. If you are a local non-profit organization or community center, who could use some helping hands for the day, consider becoming a PDOS service site.

Become a PDOS Volunteer

Are you a JHU student, staff, faculty or alumni and interested in working with our community for a day? Volunteers make this event a success! In order to make President’s Day of Service run smoothly, the Center for Social Concern is looking for your participation. Registration information will be shared as public health decisions are made for PDOS 2021.

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Become a Service Site

Over 40 different service sites across Baltimore City participate in President’s Day of Service. We have several hundred students, staff, faculty, and alumni who look forward to this event every year and are excited to work with you and learn about your organization. If this is your first time considering to participate as a service site or if you have worked with us in the past, we hope you read more below and consider applying. Service site applications are now closed.

Volunteer Projects

Projects should be:

  • Safe
  • Engaging
  • Accommodate >10 volunteers
  • Last approximately 2-3 hours

A dedicated staff member can help you define your volunteer project if you need assistance.


The Center for Social Concern will announce the opportunity to apply for service supply grants. Nonprofit partners may apply for grants to support their project needs. More details to come!


Information will be shared as public health decisions are made regarding PDOS 2021.

The Center also has a network of student interns who are instrumental in helping support the CSC’s initiatives and programs, including President’s Day of Service. Visit our leadership opportunities page to learn more about these paid positions and meet some of our student leaders too!

If you have any questions, please contact or (410) 516-4777.



The President’s Day of Service, originally called “Freshman Involved Day,” was first organized by the Center for Social Concern in 1997. It began as an orientation event to get freshmen acquainted with Baltimore City. The event consisted of about 300 students who participated at 15 different service sites throughout the city. In fall 2009, President Ron Daniels joined Hopkins and made a long lasting commitment to serve the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Communities. Since then, Freshmen Involved Day was renamed, President’s Day of Service.

PDOS invites and encourages the entire Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus — students, staff, faculty, alumni — along with a number of affiliate campuses, such as the School of Medicine, Peabody Conservatory, and others to participate in various volunteer projects throughout Baltimore City. Since 2009, PDOS has grown from involving 200 volunteers to over 1000 and from servicing 15 community partners to over 40 sites.

A big thank you to the Hopkins Parents Fund which proudly supports the President’s Day of Service every year! Find out more about the Hopkins Parents Fund and how you can participate.