More than 130 Harvard Law School staff donated their time and talent for HLS Week of Service, held during the week of July 31 to August 4. Teams of staff partnered with several off-campus nonprofits, including Community Servings and The Charles River Conservancy, to help prepare meals and clean up the Charles River waterfront. While on campus, staff volunteers donated blood and assembled care packages.

Harvard Law Dean John Manning ’85 traveled with a group of Harvard Law staff to Jamaica Plain to volunteer at Community Servings, whose mission is to actively engage the community to provide medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families. Over the course of the two-day event, staff members helped prepare meals in the kitchen.

Later in the week, several teams of Harvard Law staff spanned out over the Charles River Basin to paint benches, remove graffiti and clean up trash as volunteers for The Charles River Conservancy, a nonprofit which strives to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban destinations.

Sasha, the Harvard University Police Department’s first ever Community Engagement Dog, greeted volunteers at the Charles River Basin on her morning walk.

On campus, the law school hosted a blood drive for the entire Harvard Community, with 35 Harvard Law School staff serving as blood donors. HLS volunteers also put together more than 50 care packages — with toothpaste, soap, lotion, lip balm, and more — for Rosie’s Place, which serves more than 12,000 local homeless and poor women a year.

The week wrapped with an ice cream party held outside of Harvard Law’s Reginald F. Lewis Building to celebrate all of the volunteers’ efforts.

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