In August 2010, members of the just-arrived charter class of the Global MBA program set out to show that the Carey Business School’s humanistic philosophy should embrace not only communities on the other side of the world but also neighborhoods around the corner. The student-run organization CareyServes was formed, and it quickly went to work lining up volunteer projects to aid nonprofit groups in the Baltimore area.
Recently the leadership team of CareyServes—president Allison Kooser, vice president Matt Eversman, and secretary-treasurer Lauren Drake, all members of the 2012 Global MBA class—published a report on the organization’s activities during the 2010–2011 academic year. Among the highlights:
- Carey Business School students painted, cleaned, and did landscaping at a community center for the elderly in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood as part of Johns Hopkins’ annual President’s Day of Service in September 2010.
- The following month, CareyServes held a food drive at all four of the business school’s campuses, collecting hundreds of canned items for distribution by the Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation.
- At a December 2010 event, CareyServes raised about $1,000 for the Adopt A Family program of the House of Ruth, a shelter for abused women and their children.
- As part of Johns Hopkins’ Stocks in the Future program, CareyServes members began work last March on an online game designed to teach financial literacy and money management to local high school students.
- Carey Business School students responded to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami with a fundraising initiative that raised more than $5,000 for the Japanese Red Cross Society. That same month, closer to home, CareyServes helped raise several thousand dollars in funds and household items for a Carey operations worker whose home was lost in a fire.
The organization’s plans for the 2011–2012 year include a Carey-specific day of service and pro bono consulting for local nonprofits.