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.
The National Arboretum is a 344-acre park that was established in 1927 Congress. Its mission is to enhance the environment and to serve the public need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase native plants. 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 while enjoying a brief respite from the noise and crowds of the city.