Elon Law students ‘reach out’ to assist local nonprofits

Dozens of students in the Class of 2024 offered their time and talents in August to community agencies as part of the annual Elon Law Reaches Out service initiative organized by law school Orientation Mentors.

First-year Elon Law students took part in several volunteer opportunities throughout the month of August as part of Elon Law Reaches Out.

Organized by student Orientation Mentors in their second and third years of study, dozens of new students in the Class of 2024 collectively supported the Greensboro Farmers’ Market, HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center, Creative Aging Network-NC, Kids Poetry Basketball, Guilford County Schools, Backpack Beginnings, and The Salvation Army.

Students in the Class of 2024 in August assisted a number of regional nonprofits, including the Salvation Army Family Store. (Photo by Elliott Millner L’23)

Alex Long L’23 and Daphne Myers L’23 co-chaired Elon Law Reaches Out through the Orientation Mentors programs. Both said they think the program provides a great opportunity for incoming students to meet their new classmates while also giving back to the community.

“I met a lot of great people participating last year and had a great time helping out, so I wanted to pass that opportunity on to incoming students,” Long said. “What was great was seeing them work together on something and getting to know one another better.”

Myers agreed.

“I love meeting new people,” said Myers. “It was great getting to know most of the 1Ls and learn a little about each of them.”

Orientation Mentors helped lead visits to local nonprofits such as the Salvation Army Family Store near downtown Greensboro. (Photo by Elliott Millner L’23)

Myers and Long both said they were happy with the turnout of this year’s program. They credited classmates on their Elon Law Reaches Out committee for their dedication to the program and to helping new students learn about ongoing service needs across the region.

James Williams L’24 was among the new students who joined with Kids Poetry Basketball for a day of service in August.

“Elon Law’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic helped Kids Poetry Basketball obtain its nonprofit status, which has allowed its founder to reach his dream of expanding his mission around America,” Williams said. “It was a great experience and I hope we continue supporting the program.”

Jenny Slate L’24 volunteered at the Salvation Army Family Store and assisted employees with unpacking and labeling products for display.

“Because this is my first time living here, I also used the volunteer experience to personally educate myself about Greensboro,” Slater said. “From my conversations with Salvation Army employees, I learned how COVID-19 has affected people in our community and how as law students we can go forward and continue to help.”