Students give back through JMBA service week
By Jenna Box (4JM)
Students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law once more showed they care about the Gainesville community by donating nearly 90 hours across five local nonprofits during the semiannual community service week hosted by the John Marshall Bar Association.
From March 15-21, about 30 students went in small groups to offer a hand at Alachua County Animal Services, Al’z Place, the Alachua County Humane Society, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and Helping Hands Pet Rescue.
For Lauren Kerr (1L), this service week was not the first time she had served her community. In fact she’s volunteered at Helping Hands Pet Rescue several times before.
“I love dogs and wanted to help find loving homes for them,” Kerr said. “Also, I wanted the community to see how great UF Law students are and how much we care about our community. I feel that by encouraging community engagement, JMBA is making a difference in Gainesville.”
On top of their service at the various locations, a total of more than 1,000 pounds of food was collected for donation to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank by the end of the project. Many law professors participated in the tradition of “canned immunity” throughout the week. Through this, students brought in a total of 1,248 cans for Bread of the Mighty, about a 56 percent increase from last semester’s total.
JMBA’s Vice President Community Service Linsey Lovell (2L), has spent four semesters being a part of the service week, and was pleased to see so many students come out to help.
“It’s always great to see the students come out, especially to a site they’ve never been to before,” she said. “The students don’t always realize how much need there is in the community.”