By Amy SpoonerApril 28, 2015
From their earliest days in the Law Quad, Service Day helps each incoming Michigan Law class build camaraderie and see their responsibility to serve the community. For the past six years, Alumni & Friends Service Day has reminded alumni that neither the camaraderie nor the commitment to the community end at graduation.
The seventh Alumni & Friends Service Day will take place Saturday, May 2, at 13 locations coast-to-coast and beyond—from major Atlantic Seaboard urban areas to Anchorage and Honolulu.
Alumni & Friends Service Day leaders in each city are responsible for finding a local nonprofit with whom to partner, and working out the assignment details. This local-level leadership is an important part of the event's success, said Laura Gray, director of events for Michigan Law's Office of Development and Alumni Relations, which sponsors Alumni & Friends Service Day. "Alumni have the best knowledge of the needs in their community and what fellow alumni would be interested in coming out to support. We are lucky to have a great group of leaders that help make Alumni & Friends Service Day an important part of our annual calendar."
Groups will work with local food banks and domestic violence and homeless shelters, support events like Relay for Life, and preserve habitat at a local nature conservancy. But whether they will be wielding paint brushes, garden tools, or power tools, the common thread of Michigan Law spirit and the good feeling of giving back to the community make Alumni & Friends Service Day special for all who participate.
"I've been involved in Service Day since 2009," said Kavitha Babu, '04, who is co-leader of this year's Washington, D.C., outing at SOME (So Others May Eat), a community-based organization that provides care to the homeless and extremely poor citizens in the District of Columbia. "I participated that first year as a volunteer because it was a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates in D.C. and give back to the community in which I now live. And that has been the greatest value in the Service Day for me—keeping my connection to the UMLS network alive and continuing to devote time to community service in a tangible way. Alumni Service Day, and the way the UMLS alumni community comes out in full force for it every year, is a testament to the school's commitment to community service."
For more information, visit the Alumni & Friends Service Day page or contact Laura Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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