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Vernon Rice Turkey Program Provides Food During the Holidays

JHU employees are invited to donate $25 to provide a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from a local and free-range farm for a family in need. St. Anthony of Padua Church will deliver the baskets directly to families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

In order to participate in Johns Hopkins' Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program, donations must be received by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement by Nov. 10. To purchase a family meal for the December holidays, donations must be received by Dec. 8.

To participate, you may use your credit or debit card.

Or, you may send a $25 check or money order—made payable to JHU Turkey Program—to JHU Turkey Program, Johns Hopkins Office of Work, Life and Engagement, 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C100, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Help Brighten the Holidays for Those in Need of Assistance

All Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to help brighten the holidays for families, seniors, and adults with disabilities facing hardships. The Office of Work, Life and Engagement partners with local nonprofit and social services agencies to provide gifts, clothing, and grocery gift cards to families and individuals who are in need of assistance during the holiday season.

Individuals and groups interested in participating in the Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior program should complete the online registration form no later than Friday, Dec. 8.

For more information, email or call 443-997-7000.

Giant Food Offers JHU Discounts

Giant Food is offering a 5 percent discount to Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and students at two store locations:

In order to obtain the discount, shoppers must show a valid university ID at checkout; it cannot be applied at self-service.

The discount does apply to special orders placed through the bakeries and delis at these two locations but not to Peapod orders.

The discount runs through May 2018.

Applications for the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund Available Mid-December

There's no better time to be more involved in Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, which is supported by university employees through United Way pledge designations, provides grants that assist local nonprofits' efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in the areas of community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety.

Since its creation in 2007, the JHNF has provided close to $2 million in funding to 175 nonprofits located near Johns Hopkins campuses.

A video brings new energy, excitement, and awareness to the program. If you take a moment to watch the video, it's easy to see that the Neighborhood Fund is a meaningful way to support our neighbors.

If you work with a local nonprofit that needs additional funding, visit the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund page of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement website to learn about the application process.

If you have any questions, contact Greg Burks at

Take the Work-Life Pledge for November

It’s hard to be work-life fit if you’re not focused on your work-life mix. Are there changes that you would like to make to better juggle your work and your personal life? Make you feel a greater sense of effectiveness and well-being?  Maybe taking the Johns Hopkins Work-Life Pledge for November will help you implement strategies that rebalance your work-life mix.
The Work-Life Pledge is an opportunity for faculty and staff to choose from best practices in five categories known to improve work-life effectiveness. Individuals who take the pledge choose from a menu of strategies to customize and commit to a 30-day action plan. 
The purpose of the pledge is to create a pathway of support for daily choices that positively impact one’s work-life fit, and to build a community of champions for work-life culture at Johns Hopkins. Enhanced social support will be introduced for those who are interested in discussing the tips and resources shared each week. 


Save the Date for Hopkins’ Got Talent  

Monday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peabody Conservatory, variety acts representing university divisions will compete for 1st place and $500. Profits from ticket sales will contribute to the United Way Campaign. Stay tuned for more information.


Check out this month’s professional and personal enrichment programs being offered by our office. Read more

Registration is required for workshops.

Updated 11/2/2017