Partner Brad Thayer and other Willamette University College of Law alumni gathered with the law school's Dean, Curtis Bridgeman, earlier this month for Willamette Law's third annual Global Day of Service.
The school's Global Day of Service is a day when alumni give back to the community and embody the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.
This year, the Global Day of Service took place at the Oregon Food Bank. The Willamette crew and others volunteering repacked and labeled bulk dry food while serving the Oregon Food Bank's mission to fight hunger across the state.
Part of the job was to pack pears and onions into bags for statewide distribution. Amongst all of the many separate groups volunteering and working together on March 9, 2019, 17,119 pounds of pears and 11,674 pounds of onions were bagged and 52,945 pounds of food total were packed overall. And that was just in the morning shift alone!
“Having an opportunity like this to reconnect with my law school community, to more generally connect with our local community in the Vancouver-Portland area, and to interact with the many other people volunteering and attempting to have a tangible positive impact felt good,” said Brad. “We weren't asked to commit a great deal of time, but the Oregon Food Bank gave us a well-organized and targeted opportunity to help some folks. It also provided some perspective, in that we're among the lucky ones who know when our next meal is coming and where it's coming from.”
Read more about the Oregon Food Bank and get involved here.