The Community Action Network (CAN) is a student organization dedicated to allowing students to apply social work skills and principles to participating in the strengthening and empowerment of Baltimore communities.  Students partner with existing community groups and organizations to support community improvement efforts and to develop new programs in areas of need.

In order to make the organization as accessible to all students as possible, we envision three different types of involvement activities:

  1. Single-day events:  These low-commitment activities would involve showing up to participate in a short, pre-scheduled event like a neighborhood clean-up, a workshop or a blood-drive.
  2. Program participation:  These mid-level commitment activities involve participating in activities that may be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Some examples include tutoring, presenting workshops and attending community organization meetings.
  3. Program development and management:  These activities will provide opportunities for students to partner with community organizations in developing and/or managing programs that apply social work principles.  Establishing a community garden, developing a new component of an after school program or organizing a rally could be some examples.  It’s up to you and your partner organization(s)!


CAN envisions the communities in Baltimore as fully engaged in the process of establishing and maintaining an environment where all persons have the capacity to self actualize, and all groups and institutions realize their full potential to benefit their communities.


The mission of CAN is to:

  1. Empower Baltimore communities to positively impact the social, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and economic wellness of our community members

  2. Engage students in applying social work principles and skills to benefit Baltimore; and

  3. Partner with the University of Maryland and other community stakeholders to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and resources to improve quality of life in Baltimore.

For more information, please contact us, visit us, and/or view our constitution:

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