Allison Harmon helps tend the plots in Stevenson University’s community garden. Every harvest, students and professors donate a portion of their produce to a local shelter so that clients can eat fresh vegetables. This is one way Allison makes a positive change in her community.
A public history major, she believes understanding the history of a place is key to helping people who are alive today. Allison appreciates Baltimore’s cultural history and its distinct neighborhoods with a small town community feel. She believes there is an endless, often untapped, supply of people who are dedicated to volunteering in the city. Allison’s vision is to make volunteer opportunities accessible to any interested citizen in Baltimore. Her goal is to create a city-wide service program with days of service and groups of volunteers working at multiple sites.
She has some experience organizing large-scale community service programs. She coordinates service projects for Stevenson University’s Service Corps, which gives students easy access to volunteer projects. The 100-member organization works in teams to address specific needs, including neighborhood revitalization, hunger reduction, youth, and animals.