For 50 years, National Volunteer Week has been celebrated every April. The celebration is announced annually by Presidential Proclamation to thank the millions of Americans who perform volunteer services for their country. Volunteers include lawyers who serve indigent clients, bar associations, and community agencies.
Volunteerism is a reciprocal relationship. It serves the needy and benefits the volunteers who improve their sense of well-being, enhance their reputation, and attract clients to their firms. Below are tips for being an effective volunteer and resources to help implement them.
Acknowledgment - acknowledge volunteers in the firm's internal communications and social media.
Commitment - consider time commitments to avoid overextending yourself.
Event - sponsor a firm-wide volunteer event to promote volunteering by lawyers and staff.
Focus - use a volunteer directory to find an organization and then contact them to offer your help.
Gifts - give gifts to thank members of your family and firm when they volunteer their services.
Leadership - pursue leadership positions in volunteer organizations to advance your career and skills.
Marketing - mention your community service on the firm's website and in marketing materials.
Networking - develop personal and professional relationships while volunteering.
Virtual - consider virtual volunteerism to avoid commuting time and to stay safe.