Catholic University’s Evening Law Students Association (ELSA) led an April 13 volunteer effort in support of a cherished Brookland area neighbor, the St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families.
St. Ann's provides transitional housing and supportive services to at-risk children, youth and families in the Metropolitan Washington area who are affected by abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy and homelessness.
ELSA coordinated with four other law school student organizations to provide 21 volunteers who spent the day painting two rooms at St. Ann’s, as well as the building’s boiler room.
In addition, the student groups raised and contributed a total of $971.00 to apply toward the cost of the paint and other building materials. The money covered the job and left a small amount extra for future improvements.
Other student groups involved in the volunteer day included the Student Bar Association, the Latin American Law Students Association, The Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and The Federalist Society.
The history of support for St. Ann’s from the Columbus School of Law—of which the room painting is just the most recent example—was recognized the following week when St. Ann’s presented the students of Catholic University and the Columbus School of Law with the Elizabeth Ann Seton Service Award.
Stella Lee, a 2012 alumnus and former president of the Student bar Association, and Bill Anglin, 2012, the former president of ELSA, attended and accepted the award on behalf of the law school.