PBCSI organizes first Donate-A-Day of the school year

The Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) teamed up with DePaul College of Law’s Child and Family Law Association to host the first Donate-A-Day of the school year on Saturday, September 27. The service day took place at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in Wicker Park and one of PBCSI’s partner organizations.

Thirty three students joined together to assist with a variety of projects at the school. The volunteers worked closely with teachers, parents, and students who were all onsite to help get the school ready for the service day. Pleasant weather allowed volunteers to help on several outdoor projects. By the end of the day, the school’s outside space had been cleaned and new flowers had been planted. Lines were painted to create an outdoor basketball court and one volunteer even painted a picture of the mascot at center court.

Inside the school, volunteers painted and helped teachers organize their classrooms.

Pritzker has hosted several Donate-A-Days for the College of Law, so many and 2Ls and 3Ls were returning volunteers. They enjoyed recounting some of the projects they completed at former Pritzker Donate-A-Days, including painting a science lab and planting bulbs. Many volunteers commented that it was nice to see familiar faces among the teachers and students who were at the school that day.

PBCSI Coordinator Caitlin Duane helped to organize the day and explained that the volunteers had a very positive experience.

"PBCSI's Donate-A-Days are a great way to take a break from school and spend a little time giving back," she said. "Every time I participate I meet new people and it’s a great opportunity to network with other students and members of the community."

At the end of the day, the principal at Pritzker personally thanked the DePaul students for their efforts, to ensure that the volunteers knew how much their hard work was appreciated. If you missed this opportunity, the next Donate-A-Day is coming up on October 24th. Please consider joining us!

Please contact Cheryl Price at cprice13@depaul.edu for more information.