WCL Celebrates IMBY Day of Public Service with City Non-Profits



WASHINGTON, DC, August 13, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is holding its 7th annual In My Backyard (IMBY) service day devoted to getting involved with public service in the local Washington, D.C. neighborhoods.  IMBY is sponsored by WCL and organized each year by the Office of Public Interest and the Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Scholars.

The event takes place Tuesday, August 18, and features more than 200 WCL students, faculty, and staff volunteering their services at a number of city organizations and non-profit groups.  Participating organizations include Community for Creative Non-Violence, Martha's Table, DC Habitat for Humanity, and more.

“WCL has a longstanding commitment to public service and societal engagement, and this commitment is an essential component of our law school’s educational mission,” says WCL Dean Claudio Grossman. “An event like IMBY is a tremendous opportunity to continue this tradition and connect directly with our local DC community in a tangible, positive way.”

For first year law students, IMBY is a fun way to kick off orientation week, get out and see the city and meet new classmates in a relaxed environment, and WCL encourages new students to participate in serving their local community.  For third and second year students, faculty, and staff, IMBY is a chance to reconnect with the community before the fall semester begins and to welcome incoming students into the spirit of public service.

Participants will meet on campus in the morning for registration and a quick orientation, and head to the individual locations where they’ll lend a hand with stocking soup kitchens, landscaping public parks, and staffing homeless shelters.  The day’s events will wrap up at the end of the workday.

Here is a list of locations where WCL will be lending a hand:

· Bread for the City

· Community for Creative Non-Violence

· A Wider Circle

· Sasha Bruce Youthwork

· Food and Friends

· Our Place



· Habitat for Humanity

· DC Books for Prisons

· Martha's Table

· Capital Area Food Bank

· My Sister's Place

· Parks and People

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