Fort York Food Bank. Annual Open House. 21 November 2018.

Strike Out Hunger Team Spirit - Volunteer Profile

Lora Patton
Team Captain. Gutter Gods
Students, faculty and alumni from Osgoode Hall Law School

CLASP, the Community and Legal Aid Services Program from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University has a long history with FYFB where law students have provided legal counsel to our clients.

They've become a fundraising force through their participation in the Strike Out Hunger Bowlathon. FYFB Connects recently connected with Lora Patton, Review Counsel for the program, to get her take on being involved with FYFB.

How did you decide to increase your involvement to include fundraising for the food bank?

We started doing this in the Bowlathon's first year. One of our former students, Ngai On Younge, was involved with the governance committee at FYFB and asked if we'd like to arrange a team. That year we had several lanes but the next year it was more organized to get everyone involved as a social event.

How did you get involved yourself?

I was working with FYFB through the legal aid clinic and I am a huge, huge bowler (not good, just for fun).

Can you tell me the mechanic's of the CLASP challenge? How does it work?

Setting up the challenge isn't complicated - I challenge the other lawyers and we make up teams. We try to outdo each other in money raised and bowling scores. It's fun and it gets the law students involved in the community early.

What was the reaction from donors you approached?

All were very positive.

What was the reaction from students you approached to come out and bowl?

I didn't give them a choice! I think everyone was good with it - it's nice to do something completely different from the legal work we do the rest of the time - and have a positive impact outside of very narrow legal issues.

What did the students have to say following the event?

I don't actually remember beyond it being positive but I do make them look ay my trophy sometimes!

What was your goal in increasing student involvement?

Teamwork and community involvement.

Would you recommend that other groups create a challenge scenario?


Start your own team by clicking here to register.

Volunteer orientation sessions are held at 2:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Click here to register online or drop by the Food Bank for more information.

photography courtesy of Claire Del Net

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