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Birmingham Bar Association

Committee Profile Jennifer Wilson The Birmingham Bar Association Public Service Committee The mission of the Public Service Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association is to coordinate public service and community outreach programs for members of the Bar. This year’s committee has been especially active, working in the community to promote the public good and to preserve and enhance the ideals of the legal profession through public service. We accomplished this through a number of activities: In April, we hosted a Book Drive to benefit Better Basics, a local non-profit agency that enhances the lives of children and families in Birmingham by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. We collected hundreds of books and over $450, all of which is put to use helping the children of Birmingham improve their literacy skills and enjoy reading. Committee members and others in our Bar participated in Better Basics’ Birmingham Reads event in April by reading pre-selected books to children in various grades at Washington Elementary School. This event was a tremendous amount of fun because the children were so appreciative that we were there with them. In July, the Committee worked with local law firms to collect dozens of boxes of school supplies as part of a Back to School Supplies Drive then delivered the supplies to local children’s non-profit organizations for them to distribute to children in time for the first day of school. Thanks to the generosity of the Birmingham legal community, we were also able to give these organizations over $2000 to buy additional school supplies and school uniforms. In October, the Committee partnered with a local non-profit to help children celebrate Halloween by purchasing tickets for the kids to attend the annual Boo at the Zoo festivities. The Committee will finish out the year with a holiday focus. As I write this, we are working on two holiday events and purchasing opportunities: (1) Be a Blessing Birmingham to purchase essentials for the homeless population, and (2) First Light to serve a hot meal to the women and children who live there, throw a holiday party for them, or purchase Christmas gifts for moms and children. Leading the Public Service Committee this year has been incredibly rewarding for me. I am proud of all that our Committee has done to be a positive reflection on the Birmingham Bar Association. The Committee welcomes volunteers! We serve a vehicle for organizing activities that all Bar members can participate in. I encourage you to join the Public Service Committee in 2019 or simply participate in the great community outreach programs that this Committee offers. Working together, our Bar and its members can make a significant impact on the city. G Jennifer Wilson, Contributor 10 Birmingham Bar Association


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