2017 to 2018 Serve Louisiana AmeriCorps Fellow Amanda Beck's Term of Service Ends
It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to Amanda Beck, our Serve Louisiana AmeriCorps Fellow for 2017 to 2018. Over the course of her service, she cultivated over 9,000 hours of volunteer service at our Self Help Resource Centers. She has been a phenomenal addition to our team, so she will be greatly missed. Below is her good-bye message to us all. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her future career in the legal field.
My service term as the Serve Louisiana Volunteer Coordinator for The Pro Bono Project will officially be completed at the end of this month. I am in awe at how fast this year has come and gone, and as I reflect on my experiences at the Self-Help Resource Centers, I wanted to take the time to say thank you.
Thank you for showing up, for dedicating your time and energy, and for being open to learning something new. The SHRC is a vital resource for the community, and we would not be able to provide such an instrumental service without dedicated volunteers like you.
When my AmeriCorps term started back in September of 2017, the Pro Bono Project was managing the 24th JDC Self-Help Desk only. Volunteers were just handing out pleadings – there were no step-by-step Divorce guides, Custody workbooks, or legal referral handouts to be seen! My goal was to discover new and creative ways to distribute seemingly hard-to-find information to a growing number of individuals in need. And, thanks to the constant support of The Pro Bono Project staff, I was granted the freedom to implement new policies and procedures that have, with a lot of trial-and-error, helped to streamline the SHRC services in the most effective way we could. This would not have been possible without the continued patience and support from volunteers such as yourself.
In January, the PBP took over the operations of the Orleans CDC Self-Help Desk. While it presented as a challenge at first, the transition was ultimately seamless -- due in large part to our law firm volunteers. Thank you to every individual who participated in one of our trainings, and who took the time out of their busy day to come to the CDC and put what they learned into practice.
Lastly, thank you to all of the volunteers who have offered me advice, guidance and support as I start on towards my next journey. My experience working with The Pro Bono Project has inspired me to pursue a career in law, and I hope to be enrolled in law school by this time next year. My experience at the Self-Help Resource Centers has been transformative for me – and I am both grateful for the opportunity and so proud of what has been accomplished thus far.
However, there is still work to be done! Starting in September, there will be two new Serve Louisiana Volunteer Coordinators that will continue my effort to maintain and improve operations of the Self-Help Resource Centers. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding volunteering, please reach out to any of the members of the wonderful, hard-working Pro Bono Project team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to assist you!
I hope that you continue to volunteer and dedicate your time at the Self-Help Resource Centers: it really makes all the difference.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email.
All the best,
The New Orleans Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section is a big supporter of The Pro Bono Project. This month's e-news features two stories about their continual recognition and support of The Project and the volunteers that carry out our mission. Read about the Liberty Bell Award and The Project's Board member Norm Rubenstein and how you can beat the summer heat at Rock 'n Bowl on July 20. Mark your calendar for a CINC CLE on July 18.
On GiveNOLA Day, the city comes together to give as one for area non-profits, including The Project. Where do those dollars go? Listen to one voice, representing one client, and you'll know how important your giving is to The Project.
National Volunteer Week is on the horizon - Share the Love and tell us your story. Ready to raise funds 'round the clock with GiveNOLA Day? Coming on May 6th - this is one day where the whole city can get behind their favorite non-profits and give as one!
Students from University of WIsconsin Law School and University of Illinois College of Law escaped the brutal winter to make a difference for The Project. New Board members bring their talents and skills to The Project in 2014.
Changing the World–Issue: Vol. 5 #7 July
We have the potential to change the world at The Pro Bono Project–at least the world of those underserved citizens in our region who come to The Pro Bono Project with pressing civil legal needs.
Gearing Up–Issue: Vol. 5 #6 June
As June nears its end, The Project is gearing up for the busy summer and the year ahead. On July 1st, we welcome new Board Chair, Jan Hayden of Baker Donelson, our current 1st Vice-Chair.
Applause, Applause and More Applause–Issue: Vol. 5 #5 May
Already this month has been filled with great food and music and recognition of our culture and heritage worldwide as JazzFest showed off the best of what we all love about metro New Orleans. And while the curtain has come down on this year's JazzFest–the applause continues for many of our longtime volunteers.
On the Road with Volunteers–Issue: Vol. 5 #4 April
It always seems like we are celebrating something around here–this month it's French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest! But, even more important than our famous fests is the good work our volunteers do for our clients and The Project.
Spring Forward–Issue: Vol. 5 #2 February
Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, YLS Bowling, the Grammys, the Oscars–it's been a busy month for everyone!
Kudos Abound–Issue: Vol. 5 #1 January
January has flown by but it has been a wonderful month for pro bono volunteers. We continue to hear great news about the efforts of several of our volunteers and Board members (past and present) receiving kudos from some of the legal industry's most prestigious organizations.
Mrs. Herman Having A Happy Holiday–Issue: Vol. 4 #12 December
Most organizations enjoy watching their business grow; but at The Pro Bono Project, when our business grows, it means that more people in our community are struggling to meet life's challenges.
Perfect Evening!–Issue: Vol. 4 #10 October
We're still hearing the 'buzz' about what a great event our 24th annual Justice For All Ball was this year. Thanks to all who came out and participated in some way to make this year's Ball a rocking success.
Back Together Again–Issue: Vol. 4 #8 August
July was a busy month with managing summer interns, hosting clinics and learning new things—all while juggling vacations in between
Home for the Holidays–Issue: Vol. 4 #6 June
As we roll into summer, it brings to mind all of the children and families that will enjoy a few weeks of vacationing and being together to enjoy each other and time away from the norm. But, those who have worked with The Project know that sometimes family isn't quite such a pleasant experience.
The Power of One–Issue: Vol. 4 #5 May
Nobody understands the 'power of one' more than The Pro Bono Project's clients. How can just one person using their skills and talents make such a difference in the lives of people we serve?
JFAB, CLE, Law Students & More–Issue: Vol. 4 #3 April
Even though it's only April, the Justice For All Ball Committee, headed up by Mindy Brickman Patron of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, has been working hard since the beginning of the year on JFAB 2012.
It Takes More Than A Village–Issue: Vol. 4 #2 February
There's always plenty to do at The Project. Whether you take a case, serve on one of our volunteer committees, spend a day working in our office, staff one of our many legal clinics or organize a fundraiser—The Project is always in need of extra hands and hearts to be ready to respond to the needs of our residents.
Ready to Bowl for Pro Bono–Issue: Vol. 4 #1 January
It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks, we'll be through the first month of the new year! We've been through football mania with LSU and the Saints, and Mardi Gras is just around the corner but it's business as usual here at The Project.
How Do You Value Pro Bono–Issue: Vol. 3 #12 December
As we come to the close of our 25th year of service to the residents of New Orleans and the six parishes we support, we want to take advantage of the nonrecurring opportunity such as an occasion provides to reassess the mission and accomplishments of The Pro Bono Project.
Picture Perfect–Issue: Vol. 3 #11 November
If you weren't able to join us for this year's 23rd Annual Justice For All Ball, then you missed a great event. This year's JFAB, celebrating our 25th Anniversary, was a tremendous success, surpassing previous attendance and fundraising records.
What's In A Name?–Issue: Vol. 3 #9 September
It looks like we can breathe a sigh of relief as another hurricane season winds down. Time sure does fly and autumn promises to be very busy for The Project, but then, when are we not busy?
How Did You Spend YOUR Summer Vacation?–Issue: Vol. 3 #8 August
Most of us are probably spending our summer vacation at the beach, playing golf, traveling somewhere in the world or perhaps, just enjoying quiet time with family and friends. But, thankfully for The project a handful of local law students spent their summer vacation with us.
Always Something Going On–Issue: Vol. 3 #6 June
There's always something going on at The Pro Bono Project to help move our work forward whether it's applauding our volunteers, seeking funding for our programs, supporting our clients through trying times or encouraging law students and attorneys to make pro bono a part of their work lives.
Congratulations & The Big One–Issue: Vol. 3 #5 May
Congratulations abound this month at The Project! First, our own Executive Director, Rachel Piercy was selected by the Young Leadership Council as one of their 2011 Role Models.
Helping The Pro Se Litigant–Issue: Vol. 3 #3/4 March/April
Not everyone wants to be represented by an attorney when going to court—some choose to represent themselves because they can't afford it and don't qualify for pro bono legal services, others want to have their say in court. But, no matter what the circumstances, even the pro se litigant needs some guidance.
Computers & CLEs–Issue: Vol. 3 #2 February
We're going to keep this brief because there is a lot going on this month and we're focusing on upcoming CLEs happening during the next two weeks.
What Gift Are You Giving That Keeps On Giving–Issue: Vol. 2 #12-2 December
What are you giving to the person who has everything? Why not consider a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year?
Celebrate Volunteers & Children–Issue: Vol. 2 #12 December
Although there is a lot to celebrate in the month of December, The Pro Bono Project always sets aside time to celebrate the contributions of our volunteers over the course of the year.
Julia Roberts Has Nothing On Us!–Issue: Vol. 2 #11 November
By now most folk have either read the book, seen the movie or heard about the bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love! At the Pro Bono Project we have our own version called Sigh, Pray, Thanks!
Do You Know Where Your Pro Bono Celebration Is?–Issue: Vol. 2 #10 October
We've kicked off a month of celebration beginning with a successful Justice For All Ball on October 1st. Our thanks to all those who attended and all who worked behind the scenes to make a big success.
What Are You Celebrating This August?–Issue: Vol. 2 #8 August
It's hard to believe August has rolled around again! But, here we are, five years after Katrina, still doing the important work of The Project to help rebuild the lives of long-time metro area citizens and newcomers alike.
Pro Bono Means Freedom–Issue: Vol. 2 #7 July
How lucky we all are to have freedom and independence as we celebrate this month. Part of our job at The Project is to help our clients gain a bit of freedom and independence that are often compromised when someone is burdened by a legal problem.
Does It Really Take All of Us–Issue: Vol. 2 #6 June
It's about the clients we serve and it takes all of us to meet their civil legal needs.
Texas Hold 'Em Time!–Issue: Vol. 2 #5 May
May has gotten off to a roaring start. While FQ Fest and Jazz Fest are over, we have lots of playtime coming up for you beginning on Sunday, June 13th.
Is This You?–Issue: Vol. 2 #4 April
A lot is brewing as we swing into Spring! Jazz Fest is on the horizon—and that means summer is on the way! While Boogeying to some of our great music—be sure to applaud yourselves.
They're Baaaaacck!–Issue: Vol. 2 #3 March
Our Spring Break 2010 law school students are back to join us over the next several weeks to support the many different efforts we're currently handling.
SOS: Child In Need of Care–Issue: Vol. 2 #2 February
As usual, we're off to a fast start in 2010! We've already had law students from UNC and more are on the way from Howard University, Drake, The University of the District of Columbia along with a few more coming in March.
Happy New Year!–Issue: Vol. 2 #1 January
As we kick off the New Year, we are filled with all of the promise that a new year often carries with it. In our case, that promise is found in finding ways to fulfill our mission of making access to justice for all a priority.