DePaul Law's Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) partnered with DePaul Law’s Black Law Student Association, the University’s Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, University Ministries and Jumpstart to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 13th. Volunteers participated in the Marillac Social Center's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Fair on Chicago's West Side.
As part of PBCSI's Donate-a-Day program, volunteers, Marillac students and their families enjoyed arts and crafts, face painting, played games and ate lunch together. Before the fair ended, volunteers, students, family and staff gathered together to discuss the importance of MLK's legacy and its relation to the community and the Vincentian mission.
"Spending the day with the children of Marillac House on MLK Day was a great experience," said Law Operations Administrative Assistant Carmen Foster. "Having the opportunity to play with the children, engage them in conversation and watch them enjoy being themselves in a safe space was very heartwarming. Many of the children are at risk and grow up in environments that make it very difficult for them to enjoy their childhood, but having a haven like Marillac House allows them the opportunity to grow and thrive. I’m grateful for the chance to share my time and I’m always amazed at how much more I learn about myself being in their presence. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Donate-a-Day events."
Learn about pro bono and community service opportunities and get information about how to earn a prestigious service award by attending the Spring Activities Forum on January 23rd.