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Filling a Void

The members of Simply Service had one goal in mind: to provide a way to fill the voids left by other service organizations. With that, a handful of students, led by founding member Lindsey Forrester Archer, went to the Dean's Suite at the Pepperdine School of Law with a request to make the student organization official.With administrative approval last spring, the students were officially a club.

"It started with an idea for a service project," said Deborah Imbach, a second-year law student and current president of Simply Service. "There was the thought that we wanted to provide babysitting services for some of the students with kids. We wanted to try and provide other services as well that maybe weren't quite the right fit for some of the other student clubs."

Archer drafted the constitution and began organizing a group of students that were willing to serve as babysitters, some on a volunteer basis, and others for pay. There are currently close to a dozen families involved with the program.

In addition, Simply Service has organized on-campus blood drives, and participated in Step Forward Day in which volunteers travelled to downtown Los Angeles to water and plant trees, and provide a variety of other landscaping needs to the area.

"There are about 30 members now," Imbach said. "We are an informal group. We go where we are needed rather than providing more structured and specialized services. Every project has a leader, and we are always open to new volunteers."

Still new to the Pepperdine Law community, Simply Service continues to reach out and seek the needs of the students.

"It's really a matter of doing what we can to serve others in whatever way possible," Imbach said. "The idea to babysit was unique, and proved to be something the students with kids really wanted – a way for them to get away for date night or a dinner break. We plan to keep moving toward similar projects within the law school and the nearby communities."