Orientation Service Projects
One of the highlights of Orientation Week is the opportunity for students to spend a morning or afternoon giving back to the DC community by participating in a 1L Orientation Service Project. For many 1Ls, this event also serves as a way to meet classmates, staff and faculty, explore Washington DC, and learn about the wealth of service and pro bono opportunities available at Georgetown Law. Below are some of the 1L Orientation Community Service Projects that have taken place over the past few years.
The D.C. Central Kitchen collects food donated by area restaurants, caterers, hotels, cafeterias and other food service businesses that would otherwise go to waste. The donated food is used to prepare over 3,000 meals a day for adults and children at 130 agencies throughout the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, including homeless shelters, community and youth centers, children’s after-school programs and senior-citizen lunch programs. In addition, D.C. Central Kitchen provides training to unemployed individuals in basic culinary skills. Student volunteers assist with food preparation alongside community members involved in the job training program.
Food & Friends prepares, packages, and delivers nutritious meals to support men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the D.C. area. Volunteers assist with food preparation.
The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest public, non-profit food distribution center in the D.C. area. Through a network of more than 750 member programs, CAFB distributes several million pounds of food each year. Volunteers assist with sorting and packing food for distribution.
The Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) was founded by Georgetown Law students and Professor Rick Roe in 2001 to provide a college preparatory high school curriculum to students living in the Congress Heights section of Southeast D.C. TMA has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Volunteers provide assistance to teachers by helping them set up their classrooms for the new school year.
Bread for the City is a private non-profit and multi-service community-based organization that provides vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C. with comprehensive suite of services including food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services. Each month, Bread for the City’s food pantry provides 4,000 households with a three-day supply of nutritious groceries including fresh fruit, meat and vegetables. Volunteers sort clothing and provide assistance in the medical clinic.
D.C. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness in Washington D.C. by building simple, decent, and affordable homes for people in need using donated funds, supplies and volunteer labor. Habitat is driven by the philosophy that those in need deserve a hand-up, not a hand-out; thus homeowners must work 300 hours of “sweat equity” on their own home before they can purchase it. When the house is completed it is sold by Habitat to the new homeowners with an interest-free 25-year mortgage. Volunteers assist with construction tasks such as framing, roofing, painting, installing siding, and landscaping.
Emmaus Services for the Aging builds bridges between isolated seniors and the world around them by helping to maintain their independence in their own homes. Roughly 500 seniors receive services throughout the year, most of who are disabled, home-bound or simply have difficulty meeting their basic needs. Emmaus strives to provide service with dignity and a human touch, assisting seniors with shopping trips, writing checks, bill paying, house cleaning, delivering groceries and paying regular visits. Volunteers teach computer skills to seniors at the Emmaus Service Center and visit home-bound seniors to provide companionship and assistance with daily chores and housekeeping.
The National Arboretum is a 344-acre park that was established in 1927 by an Act of Congress. Its mission is to serve the public need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase plants, to enhance the environment. Unfortunately, non-native plant species are invading the Arboretum grounds which, if left unchecked, would choke out many of the plants the Arboretum is trying to conserve. Volunteers assist in the removal of non-native plants and shrubs.