President’s Day of Service

five students posing near tree during president's day of service event

President’s Day of Servicepicture of JHU President's Day of Service logo celebating 10 years

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 putting our volunteers right there beside them.

Hopkins 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

2018 PDOS DATE AND TIME: October 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.

PDOS volunteer registration will open in August. Service site applications are open and will be accepted until Friday, September 14. If you have any questions, please contact or (410) 516-4777.

President DanielsOver the past seven years, this 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 have taken on a renewed urgency in the year since last spring’s unrest. – President Ron Daniels


Team Hopkins: Marian House 5K Racepicture of the Marian House 5K logo

This year, the Marian House 5K Race for Independence is also on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at Lake Montebello starting at 9 a.m. Johns Hopkins is proud to support this race and have created “Team Hopkins” for students, faculty, and staff. To receive a Team Hopkins shirt to wear on race day, please email with your t-shirt size and preference for male or female sizes. The shirts are fitted, so order one size up if you prefer a looser fit shirt.

What’s so great about this race is that you can come out and get in a short workout before heading over and volunteering at President’s Day of Service. Participate in two great events that support our beloved city in the same day!

Get Involved

If you are a student, faculty, staff, or an alumni, you can help by serving as a volunteer or team leader. Are you a local community organization or agency who could use some helping hands? Learn more about how to get involved. 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!

JHU Homewood undergraduate and graduate students who participate in PDOS, can log their service hours towards the HopServe50 service challenge. Learn more about registering for HopServe50.


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.