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Linda Johnson-Harvey, 2018 MLK Jr. Community Service Award Recipient

Linda Johnson-Harvey, 2018 MLK Jr. Community Service Award Recipient

Johns Hopkins Hospital administrative coordinator's work with families in food desert areas, and with victims of abuse earn her the award.

Linda Johnson-Harvey takes great pride in all her work. As staff administrator of the Johns Hopkins Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, Johnson-Harvey provides administrative organization for the chaplains and other staff members, but some of her most impactful work is not limited to Johns Hopkins.

Johnson-Harvey has a special place in her heart for struggling Baltimore families. She has volunteered in numerous ways for over a decade to help them, including providing resources for troubled communities and organizing vigils for families who have lost loved ones.

Through her volunteering, Johnson-Harvey grew to know Baltimore City’s problems intimately. “I breathe it,” she says. She established many programs to help provide assistance.

She created the Voice of the Village program five years ago in order to help individuals located in East and West Baltimore City food deserts. Voice of the Village gives groceries and supplies to families during the middle of each month to ensure they have enough to make it to their next paycheck. Because of limited access to fresh food, Johnson-Harvey believes supplying healthy and nutritious options is of great importance.

Another of her altruistic projects, started in 2013, is the Heart Talk-Real Talk support group. Based in Pikesville, Heart Talk-Real Talk meets monthly to support sexual trauma and domestic violence survivors through education, prevention and resources.

“As a survivor, I’m passionate about letting people know there’s life after abuse,” Harvey says. “I want to help men and women and let them know that they have the power to share their stories and change their narrative — from a victim to victorious.”

While her personal experience and faith pushed Johnson-Harvey to provide support, the people she has helped and become close with drive her to make each program as successful as possible.

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