The Pace Women’s Justice Center is changing the lives of the more than 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence who PWJC serves every year, as well as the law students who work with them.
The Pace Women’s Justice Center became the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training lawyers and others in domestic violence issues. Every year, Pace Law students who participate in invaluable semester-long externships and summer internships come out of the experience changed. As a former intern says, “Helping women in crisis take the first step towards a better, safer and happier life gave me a true sense of purpose to my legal studies.”
Interested in working more with women’s issues and social justice?
- Hope’s Door, Inc., an organization in PLV which Pace has worked with in the past, provides a safe haven to survivors of domestic violence.
- Hour Children, an organization committed to the compassionate and loving care of children of incarcerated women, provides support and empowerment for mothers upon reunification with their families.
From helping the blind learn photography to playing bingo with homeless men and women to assisting disabled runners train for races and marathons, there are so many things that you can do to help.
Did you enjoy your community course with the AHRC? Do you wish the Special Olympics got as much coverage as professional cricket (no offense batsmen and bowlers)? Here are a few really cool organizations you may not have heard of that are helping people who aren’t as fortunate as we are.
- KEEN New York: Enjoy an afternoon of fun, non-competitive sports activities with a child or teen with disabilities. Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a free Saturday recreation program for kids who are not able to participate in other programs due to their disabilities.
- A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO): Help ALTSO transform the lives of children with limb disabilities in developing countries by offering them the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work, and mobility.
- VISIONS volunteers help make a difference in the everyday lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by helping read mail and other materials, escorting clients in the community, and helping in recreational activities like knitting, quilting, photography, ceramics, and more!
- Achilles International volunteers help disabled runners with new equipment, participate in workouts, and more.
- Barrier Free Living: Join the residents at Barrier Free Living, a facility on the Lower East Side that serves homeless, disabled men and women.
- YAI Network, with more than 450 programs serving 20,000 people everyday, provides hope and opportunity to people of all ages with disabilities and their families.
While you may not be able to house Snoopy or Garfield in your dorm room, that doesn’t mean we don’t love caring for cats, dogs, and all those other furry and not-so-furry friends at Pace. I mean, come on. T-Bone is our mascot after all, and we dedicated a whole post to his pals!
The University is proud to have worked with organizations like the SPCA of Westchester, playing with and bathing dogs; Green Chimneys, which uses animal-assisted therapy to help abused and special-needs children; Sean Casey Animal Rescue, an organization that rehabilitates neglected animals and helps them find healthy, happy homes; and Anjellicle Cats Rescue, which is fully-staffed by volunteers and always on the lookout for more to help provide a lifeline for abandoned, stray, and neglected cats and kittens.
And here are some more opportunities to help our furry friends: