The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held its spring 2014 service fair on January 16 to a strong student turnout. As noted by Cheryl Price, director of PBCSI, “We were pleased to see over 50 students in the audience, many of whom were 1Ls who now feel ready to start volunteering.”
Students learned about PBCSI’s six partner agencies, which include a Chicago Public School, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Croak Student Legal Services and several legal aid agencies. Many students were interested in PBCSI’s Donate-A-Day projects, which are day-long service projects that do not require an ongoing commitment.
Several students signed up for PBCSI’s January Donate-A-Day at Our Lady of Charity School in Cicero where they will be painting and cleaning classrooms. Students also learned about several new pro bono offerings at the College of Law, including the Pro Bono Staycation, which allows students to work at one of three legal aid agencies for four days over their and the Affordable Housing Law Assistance Project with the Latin United Community Housing Association, which trains and supervises students to handle real estate closings for low-income and Spanish speaking first-time home buyers.
PBCSI also presented information about its Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, a pro bono legal help desk for the homeless staffed by DePaul law students and a supervising attorney. DePaul’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck’s Family Law Center and Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic were also at the fair to discuss their pro bono projects, which include, among other things, the Juvenile Detention Center Spring Break Project and the Spring Break Border Project.
"The service fair is a great way for DePaul students to get an overview of the wide range of volunteer opportunities available to them," Price said. "PBCSI is pleased to be able to offer so many meaningful options for students."