Date: December 1, 2010
‘Tis better to give
The sagging economy notwithstanding, generosity thrives at Johns Hopkins. Case in point: Community Services’ annual Community of Caring Holiday Gift Giving Event. Every year, the department collects clothing, toys, food and gift certificates for needy families in East Baltimore. It’s not too late for faculty and staff to make the holidays brighter for these folks by “adopting” a family. A list of families and the interests of their children is now available for sponsorship on the Holiday Gift Giving website at webapps.jhu.edu/cdshgg/. All gifts must be wrapped and labeled with the child’s name and assigned family number. They may be dropped off at the Outpatient Center basement, room LL231, Dec. 13 to 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: Pamela Bechtel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A voice for commuters
For the thousands of Hopkins employees, faculty, students and patients who take public transportation to the East Baltimore campus every day, a delayed bus or train can mean a missed meeting, test or appointment. If you’re among that population, you have a chance to weigh in on your journey through a survey sponsored by the Central Transportation Alliance’s Rate Your Ride. With the goal of making public transportation more efficient, the Transportation Alliance will compile the responses and meet with the Maryland Transit Administration to review the findings, identify trends and discuss solutions. Every three months, the organization will issue performance reports, viewable at rateyourride.org. To access the five-question survey, text “Ride” to 30802 or go to rateyourride.org.
United Way Homelessness Facts and Stats
Last year there were 13,759 evictions in Central Maryland.
The fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Central Maryland is now $1,203/month—meaning it costs more than two minimum-wage jobs pay.
The “Point in Time” census of homelessness conducted in Central Maryland’s jurisdictions showed that from 2007 to 2009, homelessness increased in every jurisdiction:
• Anne Arundel County, 17.9%
• Baltimore City, 13.9%
• Baltimore County, 77.6%
• Carroll County, 15.2%
• Harford County, 4.8%
• Howard County, 41.5%
Hopkins employees can help the homeless by Dec. 31 by logging on to http://unitedwayauction.hopkinsmedicine.org/
Courtesy of Martina Martin and Lindsley Dischinger, United Way of Central Maryland