8.24.2012

Law Community Service Day Impacts Local Community

Volunteers landscape at Union Mission.
On Friday, Aug. 17, 156 Regent University School of Law students joined law school faculty and staff to serve the Hampton Roads, Va., area during the school's fourth annual Community Service Day.
Regent Law holds this event annually the week prior to the start of the fall semester.

Volunteers accumulated over 620 hours of community service across regional sites including Union Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Society of St. Andrew, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, The Bridge Christian Fellowship and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

Community Service Day volunteers painted, picked peas to feed families in need across Hampton Roads, landscaped lawns and restored buildings, boosted the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population, and helped needy clients secure professional legal services—all in a single day.

Before sending the students out to serve, Darius Davenport, director of Career and Alumni Services and Community Service Day coordinator, reminded them that the profession of law is a profession of service, that their faith includes a call to service, and anytime they use their God-given abilities to help others, they are fulfilling their calling.

"Our call to salvation included a call to serve, and any time we use our God-given abilities to serve others we are living out our calling," Davenport said. "There is no better way to teach this principle than to live it, and that's what we strive to do. For some students, community service is nothing new, but for others, it lets them experience our community's needs firsthand. All of them return to campus more enthusiastic and more willing to serve."

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