Cheers to GLAC for using VolunteerSpot with their volunteer needs!
Please tell us about your organization and your volunteer needs.
The Gallatin Legal Assistance Clinic (GLAC) was established in October 2013 to help low-income families meet their family law legal needs by matching them with a volunteer attorney. Twelve to 15 attorneys give family members pro bono (at no cost) legal advice, assistance with documents and may help the client prepare for mediation or to appear in court. The attorneys help parents and spouses with divorces, parenting plans, delayed child support, adoptions and other family law matters. The clinic meets once a month and serves approximately 12 clients per clinic, and clients may come in repeatedly.
Explain how you use VolunteerSpot to coordinate these volunteers.
We use VolunteerSpot as a registration sheet so our attorney volunteers can insert their names next to their proposed client's time slot. This helps the volunteer better plan their time, and allows them to do a mandatory "conflict check" to make sure there is no conflict of interest. We want to be as respectful as possible of our volunteers' time and VolunteerSpot really helps us do that!
Why did you decide to use VolunteerSpot?
Our Supreme Court pro bono coordinator Patty Fain in Helena, Montana recommended it. The clinic functions on a shoestring budget, so a free program like VolunteerSpot is exactly what we need. We love that VolunteerSpot does automatic reminders – that saves the time for our volunteer coordinator.
What’s one piece of advice you have for volunteers or their leaders out there?
Make it as easy as possible for your volunteers to sign up. Be grateful that VolunteerSpot sends reminders to everyone!
What else would you like our readers to know about your organization or volunteering?
Our volunteers are grateful to have an easy way to serve others. They are all busy attorneys who work 60+ hours per week, but VolunteerSpot makes it easy for them to help the most vulnerable and highest legal need in our area.
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