Meet the New Co-Chairs and Important Spring Dates

Dear PILF members,

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as the new Co-Chairs for USF’S Public Interest Law Foundation. As former Live Auction Coordinator (Catherine) and Silent Auction Coordinator (Natasia) for the 2011 Auction, we feel ready to lead PILF through another wonderful year. We recognize the value PILF brings to USF students and the community at large. Both of us firmly believe in PILF’s mission and are dedicated to its continued success.

We would also like to thank and acknowledge Amy and Kristin for their commitment as PILF’s most recent Co-Chairs. PILF’s successes over the past year would not have been possible without their dedicated service.

In the next couple of weeks we will be emailing out important information regarding the grant application process and PILF board selections and elections. We hope that you all consider applying or running for positions that are opening up on the PILF Board. Each position is a chance to directly serve the public interest community while developing valuable leadership skills. Please note that the application for auction coordinator positions is available today – you can download a electronic version from our website or pick up a hard copy from the bulletin board outside the PILF office. Applications are due next Friday, March 2nd, at 5 pm.

For those of you who were unable to attend our general meetings this week, we wanted to provide a brief synopsis of important dates and events:

Auction Coordinator Applications: Available Friday, February 24, Due Friday, March 2, 5pm
Grant Information Sessions: Week of March 12
Grant Applications: Available Wednesday, March 21, Due Wednesday, April 4, 5pm
Board Positions: Available positions released Tuesday, March 20, Statements of Interest Due Tuesday, March 27, 5pm
Board Elections: Wednesday, March 28
Volunteer Opportunities (hours count towards PILF service hours for the 5 hour requirement for grant applications)

Food Bank – Wednesday, February 29, 6-8 pm (RSVP due to by Friday, February 24 at 5pm)
EJS Art Show– Friday, March 16, at USF School of Law (see below for additional details)
Presidio Habitat Restoration – Saturday, March 24 , 9 am – 12 pm (see below for additional details)
Bake Sale & Auction Item Sale- Wednesday, March 14

We are very excited about this upcoming year and are looking forward to working with all of you. Please feel free to contact us at any time, our door is always open.

Best wishes,

Catherine Crider & Natasia de Silva
2012-2013 PILF Co-Chairs

Additional information about March Volunteer Opportunities:

1. EJS Art Show – contact

The Equal Justice Society is hosting its 8th Annual Creative Justice Art Show on Friday March 16th at 6pm. EJS needs you to help volunteer at the event! The Art Show takes place at our law school and will be open to the public. This year’s theme is Hunger Pains, and donations will benefit the SF Food Bank. Local Artists and performers will display their creativity and commitment to justice.

EJS especially needs volunteers (up to eight) to help set up before the event. These volunteers will need to arrive at 3pm and stay until around 8pm (5 hour shift) to help with some of the following tasks: setting up tables and chairs, preparing the food and beverage area, collating programs, organizing name tags, posting art labels next to the art.

EJS also needs volunteers (up to 6) for a whole host of other tasks during the show. For instance, we need help at the coat check, at the event check-in table, and for general circulation and monitoring at the show. After the event, we’ll need help counting the ballots and cleaning up. These volunteers will need to be at the show from 5:45pm-8:15pm (2.5 hour shift).

2. Presidio Park Habitat Restoration – contact

PILF’s March service event will allow students to participate in a Presidio Park Stewards work days March 24. The goal of this volunteer project is to help restore and nurture the Presidio’s plant and animal life. Activities may include seed collecting, planting, weeding or removing invasive plant species. Volunteers will meet at the Presidio Transit Center, Building 215, at the corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard (near Presidio Fire Department), on the Main Post. The building is the main stop for the PresidiGo Shuttle and MUNI. Bike racks are available. The parking lots directly adjacent to the Transit Center are metered, but free parking is available in the Main Post lot. The March 24 event lasts from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and students can get 3 PILF hours for participating.

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