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March 27, 2006

Apr. 8: Mud, Water, and Paint – It’s Public Service Day!


Mud, Water, and PaintIt’s Public Service Day! Eugene mayor to greet vounteers at breakfast


Would you like to play with animals? Or build a room, restore a floodplain, power wash equipment, organize an event, work in an organic garden or paint a building? Want to help some of Lane County’s charitable nonprofits with their chores? Join the law students of the Public Interest/Public Service program at their third spring Public Service Day on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. until 1p.m.

All members of the university community are welcome to participate. Sign up the week of April 3-7 at noon in the law school’s Wayne Morse Commons or email.

Join the volunteers for breakfast in the Morse Commons at 8 a.m. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will wake you up with stirring words at 8:30 a.m.

Then carpool to 14 sites in Eugene and Springfield for several hours of work in the public service. (See descriptions below).

The organizers of this annual event do more than talk the talk — they are all active volunteers themselves.  PIPS publicity chair Rebekah Cook now works for the Oregon School Boards Association and previously worked in Washington D.C. for U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

The Portland native says “Public Service Day is a great way to get students out of the library and into the community each spring.  Our hope is to inspire them to continue to seek out volunteer opportunities throughout the year and to be active members of their communities beyond graduation.”

Ela Orenstein, a member of the PIPS executive board was a lead organizer of the first public service symposium at the law school featuring lawyers who have made distinguished careers in public interest law. After graduation in May, she will return to her home in Atlanta, Georgia to join the Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest as a staff attorney, focusing on environmental justice.

Natalie Duke, a first year law student from Eugene is PIPS Service Committee Chair. She is interested in bilingual and immigration law and farmworker advocacy. This year, she has been working with Lane County Legal Aid on a divorce class for Spanish speakers.

Melissa Peterson, a second year law student from Gresham, Oregon, is PIPS secretary. She helped coach the Springfield High School mock trial team last year.


Greenhill Humane Society
Grounds maintenance, followed by a facility tour and playing with the animals.

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah
Maintenance on the floodplain restoration site, South Meadow.
The organization asks for donations of plastic and knight work gloves and small pruning shears (secateurs) for future volunteers. Bring them, use them, and leave them if you can .

United Way
Landscape and gardening

Willamette Parks and Recreation
Gardens and park maintenance

Eugene Family YMCA
Assistance with Junior Olympics and Golf Open House events

Food for Lane County
Organic Gardening

Relief Nursery : Springfield Broad-based Regional Sports Center
Breaking down tables and decorations from a fundraising event the previous evening

South Lane Wheels
Build an archive room in their new building and seal wood floors.

Eugene Specialized Recreation
Spring Cleaning: wash vans, clean tables, chairs and patio furniture, clean out storage areas.

Eugene Good Samaritan skilled nursing facility
Paint or help with office work.

Eugene Hearing and Speech Center
Power-washing and landscape work.

Emerald Kidsports
Filing and making packets

Raptor Center
Grounds work and trail maintenance

Maude Kerns Art Center
Painting and landscaping

-Eliza Schmidkunz

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