As an incoming 1L, Delanie Howell had the opportunity to spend her morning working at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as a part of TU Law Students Assist (T.U.L.S.A.), which was organized by the Public Interest Board at TU Law. During her time at the Food Bank, Howell worked with other classmates to repackage granola into 16 oz portions, which would be distributed to those in need.
“While at the Food Bank, we started with 25lb bags of granola and worked in teams to split the granola into smaller bags, which we weighed out to 1lb each,” she said. “We then sealed the bags with a thermo-sealer and packed them into boxes of 20 each to be sent to the warehouse for distribution.”
Participating in the T.U.L.S.A. activity did not only allow Howell the opportunity to give back to the community but also to form new friendships with her classmates outside of the Foundations of Legal Studies setting.
“I really enjoyed getting to know my classmates outside of school,” she said. “It was really nice getting to away from the overwhelming atmosphere of FLS and classes for a few hours to spend quality time really talking to each other while making a difference in our community.”
Giving back to the Tulsa community is something TU Law strives to instill in its students. Being active in the community allows students the opportunity to become involved and give back, but also allows them the opportunity to meet other members of the community.
“It’s important for students to be involved in their community because the community is where many of us will be working one day,” Howell said. “By volunteering, we make connections with other people and give back to the community that is home to all of us for at least 3 years, and for some, much longer.”