Habitat for Humanity at JHU
Are you interested in learning more about issues in Baltimore? Do you want to make a difference in your new community? If so, Habitat for Humanity Pre-Orientation is for you. Not only do you get a head start on freshman year, moving in early and making friends before orientation, but we also provide an in depth introduction to campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Participants will bond with each other and our upperclassmen board members while working at Habitat for Humanity work sites, ReStores and during many educational and recreational planned outings. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about community engagement and service at Hopkins while meeting people who share your similar interests. Our student leaders all have experience working with Habitat for Humanity and many participated in Pre-O themselves. We are so excited to work with incoming students and welcome you into our Habitat family. Our Board is anxiously awaiting Pre-O 2019! We hope to see you there. Learn more about JHU’s pre-orientation programs.
Have questions? Contact JHUhabitat@gmail.com with the subject line “Pre-O Question.”
The program was fantastic! It was structured perfectly and was one of my best volunteer experiences. It truly prepared me for college and I felt confident going into orientation due to the student leaders who made the week productive and fun. – Julia Soto, 2016 Participant
We are looking for students who care about their newly adopted city. Students do not need to have any construction experience or background knowledge beforehand. That being said, students should be open to learning new skills and willing to work.
Our program will include two trips to a Habitat for Humanity work site, two trips to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and one trip to a neighborhood cleanup in Baltimore. In addition, students will be guided around Mt. Vernon, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Little Italy and Hampden. Our board members will also lead activities around campus and the Charles Village neighborhood and introduce participants to the free bus systems that operate from campus in order to ease the transition into freshman year.
There is a fee for each Pre-Orientation program offered by Johns Hopkins. For the Habitat for Humanity at JHU Pre-O, the fee is $500. The fee covers early move-in, housing for the week, all food and transportation, and all activities for the program. Substantial need-based financial aid is available and applying for financial aid will have absolutely no bearing on a students’ application.
The fee may be paid by credit/debit card or check. Students will receive a link to pay online upon admission to the program. Checks should be made payable to “Johns Hopkins University” and be mailed to: JHU Center for Social Concern, ATTN: Habitat Pre-Orientation, 3103 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
A significant amount of need-based financial aid is available and applying for financial aid will have no bearing on your application to the program.
On the application, check the box that indicates “interested in applying for financial aid.” We will coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the amount of aid to award you, which will come in the form of a discount off of the trip fee. Financial aid received for pre-orientation is self-funded and has absolutely no effect on your institutional financial aid.
The priority application deadline is June 1, 2019. Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a rolling basis should space still be available.
Notifications will be sent out the first week of June and will include required pre-trip paperwork and the trip fee due (minus any need-based financial aid awarded, if relevant) The trip fee must be submitted before a student is considered registered for the program. Specific information about move-in times, packing lists, and other details will follow soon after participants complete all required pre-program paperwork.
Making Travel Arrangements
Students are responsible for arranging transportation to arrive on campus on time to participate. Students should not make travel arrangements until they are confirmed and accepted into the program.
Meet our Leaders
Habitat for Humanity at JHU is supported by the Center for Social Concern and led by five undergraduate students who have a passion for community service and civic engagement. They are responsible for advising, supporting, and mentoring participants throughout the program. Check back soon for a list of our 2019 leaders!
More information coming soon!
Dylan Campbell ‘21
Dylan Campbell is a rising sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. He is also involved in Believe in Art, Starts With Soap, Chess Club, Hopkins Hosting Society, and Quiz Bowl, as well as being a three-time intramural champion athlete. Back home Dylan is also part of an advocacy group called “Get Us Out of Here, Aye! (If It’s Not Too Much of a Bother)”, which lobbies for the annexation of his home state by its northern neighbor: Canada. His greatest life goal is to become Austin Petronack when he grows up.
Lillie Caravati ‘20
Lillie Caravati is a junior Behavioral Biology major and a Film and Media Studies minor. She first got involved with Habitat for Humanity at Johns Hopkins as a freshman participating in pre-o and is currently serving as the secretary for the club. In addition to working with Habitat, Lillie has participated in JHU’s Tutorial Project, worked at the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab, is a member of Alpha Phi, and volunteers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center emergency department. Some of Lillie’s other passions include collecting bears, knitting, and showing friends pictures of her dog. She can’t wait for pre-o 2018!
Kate Carosella ’19
Kate Carosella is a senior Psychology and Neuroscience double major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She began her time in the Habitat for Humanity family during pre-o her freshman year. They haven’t been able to get rid of her since. This year, Kate is the co-President of Habitat for Humanity and was a pre-orientation coordinator in 2017. In addition, Kate has been the president of the Alternative Learning Coaches at JHU, is a member of the Psychology and Brain Sciences Steering Committee, and Nu Rho Psi. She works in the Grados Lab on the medical campus. Some of her favorite activities include dressing like a librarian, going to bed before 10:30 p.m., and emulating her all-time hero, Leslie Knope. She is truly a 30-year-old at heart. Some of her greatest skills include sneaking Disney song lyrics into everyday conversations and procrasta-baking. She absolutely cannot wait for pre-o 2018!
Ally Hardebeck ‘20
Ally is a junior Public Health and Sociology double major and Social Policy minor from Phoenix, Maryland. Because she considers Habitat pre-o to be one of the most formative experiences of her freshman year, Ally is excited to be pre-o coordinator and treasurer this year. Apart from wreaking havoc on the Habitat board, Ally is a mentor in Thread, serves on the executive council of Alpha Phi, and studies community change in Baltimore at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab. Some of her interests include making impulse purchases at the farmer’s market and undertaking overly ambitious DIY projects. Ally is so excited for pre-O 2018!
Tina Jones ‘19
Tina Jones is a senior Neuroscience major and Music minor from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She had been involved with Habitat since participating in the Habitat pre-o her freshman year. Through what can only have been a glaring oversight on some else’s part, Tina has previously served as the club’s trip-coordinator and secretary. This upcoming year, she has the pleasure of being co-presidents with her good friend, favorite lab partner, and fellow Pennsylvanian, Kate. When she is not helping out with Habitat, Tina is involved with Barnstormers (a JHU theater group), JHU cheerleading, a choir at Peabody, and works in the general Physics Lab on campus. A self-proclaimed klutz, Tina has managed to sustain near countless injuries during her time here at Hopkins mostly due to just tripping over her own two feet. Miraculously, none have been obtained while volunteering for Habitat, so a construction site seems to be the safest place for this hot mess. Apply and come join the rest of the amazing board members on the spectacular adventure that will be pre-O 2018!
Rachel Jozwik ’21
Rachel Jozwik is a sophomore Neuroscience major trying to be a Visual Arts minor from Long Island, New York (hence the accent). She first became involved with Habitat for Humanity when she did pre-o her freshman year. Besides Habitat, she is also involved in Believe in Art, an arts-and-crafts-based volunteer group, and works as a research assistant in the Janak Lab studying learning mechanisms. She’s also occasionally involved with Hopkins’ MED Panel (meaning she goes to meetings for the free pizza). Rachel is super excited to meet all of you on pre-o 2018!
Michael Peters ’19
Michael Peters is a senior Neuroscience major from Woodbury, Minnesota. He has been involved in Habitat for Humanity since his freshman year and has since become the chair of marketing. Aside from Habitat for Humanity, Mike is the external vice president for Nu Rho Psi, the undergraduate neuroscience society, and is heavily involved in his lab in the neurosurgery department at the medical campus, which investigates therapeutic alternatives for the treatment of adult and pediatric brain tumors. Also at the medial campus, he volunteers in the Pediatric Emergency Department. He is looking forward to meeting you this fall!
Austin Petronack ’19
Austin Petronack is a senior Biomedical Engineering major from Woodbury, Minnesota. He has graced Habitat for Humanity with his presence since his freshman year and recently became the vice president for the club (after a thrilling campaign in which he ran unopposed). Outside of Habitat, Austin likes to work on his BME Design project, play with Legos, and complain about the Minnesota Wild. He is incredibly excited for pre-o 2018!
Kate Carosella ’19
Kate Carosella is a junior Psychology and Neuroscience double major with a minor in Computer Science from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She began her time in the Habitat for Humanity family during Pre-O her freshman year. They haven’t been able to get rid of her since. In addition to being Treasurer and Pre-Orientation Coordinator for Habitat, Kate has been the president of the Alternative Learning Coaches at JHU, is a member of the Psychology and Brain Sciences Steering Committee and works in the Laboratory for Child Development on Campus. Some of her favorite activities include dressing like a librarian, going to bed before 10:30 PM, and emulating her all time hero, Leslie Knope. She is truly a 30-year-old at heart. Some of her greatest skills include sneaking Disney song lyrics into everyday conversations and procrasta-baking. She absolutely cannot wait for Pre-O 2017!
Tina Jones ’19
Tina Jones is junior Neuroscience major with a minor in music from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She had been involved with Habitat since doing the Habitat Pre-Orientation her freshman year. Other than Habitat for Humanity, Tina is involved with Barnstormers, a campus theater group, and JHU Cheerleading. In order to afford Hopkins, Tina works as the school mascot and a professional lab rat. She encourages all of you to apply and come join the rest of the amazing Board members on the spectacular adventure that will be Pre-O 2017.
Sabrina Mackey-Alfonso ’19
Sabrina Mackey-Alfonso is a junior Neuroscience Major and Visual Arts Minor from Cocoa Beach, Florida. She has been involved in Habitat since her freshman year, and currently serves as Vice President of the organization. Other than her involvement in Habitat, she is also a MAPP Mentor for incoming freshman through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, works as a Bystander Intervention Trainer for sexual assault awareness and education, and is a research assistant investigating ALS disease at the Brain Science Institute at the medical campus. Sabrina is looking forward to meeting all of you!
Grant Welby is a rising senior International Studies and German Major from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. In addition to his work as the Co-President for Habitat for Humanity at JHU, on-campus Grant writes for the Baltimore Zeitgeist, is the Recruitment Chair for JHU Mock Trial, the Vice President of the JHU German Club, and occasionally competes with the Table Tennis Club. Grant has also previously worked with the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC). Grant is looking forward to telling you the worst puns you’ve ever heard during the Habitat Pre-Orientation program (all the puns on the application are his fault), and helping you to get to know Baltimore better!
Brandon Yu ’18
Brandon Yu is a senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer major with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management from Roslyn, New York. He has been involved in Habitat for Humanity since his freshman year and was also on the Habitat-Pre O during his incoming year. During his free time, Brandon likes to ponder the greater questions in life. These include but are not limited to: the conversion rate between j-cash to dining dollars to real dollars, if sand is just the mix between sea and land, and why blue jays were the best animal Hopkins could think of. When he’s not being the world’s greatest philosopher, Brandon is a rather simple being who enjoys DJ’ing Couchella, which is entirely similar to Coachella, except on the couch of his living room. When these qualities interest you, register for Habitat Pre-O and meet Brandon!