by Chelsie Spencer
Martin Luther King stood before the gathered crowd in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957 and posed a simple yet profound question to those in attendance: “What are you doing for others?” Dr. King instructed his listeners that this is “[l]ife’s most persistent and urgent question.” Despite the persistence and the urgency of that compelling call to action, the U.S. Department of Labor continues to report an overall decline in volunteerism rates in the United States. This decline continues even though numerous studies have shown that volunteering provides a myriad of benefits such as health benefits, which can be greater than routine exercise and a healthy diet, a sense of purpose, and a sense of community.
A Call to Action
In light of the decline in volunteerism, I pose this question to my fellow community of lawyers: What are we doing for others outside of our respective practices? On October 20, 2018, you can answer that question with affirmative action by joining the Dallas Bar Association’s Community Involvement Committee (CIC) for the Fourth Annual Day of Service.
The Day of Service provides an opportunity for attorneys to go out into the community, to give back their time, and to expand their own communities through networking with their local nonprofits, fellow bar members, and local judges. CIC is issuing a call to action for all local firms to engage their partners, associates, and staff to participate in this year’s event. However, the Day of Service is not limited solely to those of us in the legal field. If you have a school age child in need of community service hours, a friend to catch up with, or a client connection to make, all are encouraged to attend and volunteer at one of the events.
This Year’s Events
Volunteer opportunities will be available with the following partners:
- BonTon Farms
- Cedar Hill State Park
- CC Young and the Senior Source
- DVAP East Dallas Clinic
- New Friends New Life
- North Texas Food Bank
As we approach the Day of Service, more volunteer events may be opened as needed.
Firm Sponsorship Opportunity
Firms may elect to sponsor an event with no monetary commitment on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, sponsorship does require a commitment from the sponsoring firm that its employees and staff will participate in the Day of Service. If your firm is interested in sponsoring one of the events listed above or if your firm has a specific volunteer event in mind, please contact Kathryn Zack at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2018.
Individual Volunteer Sign-Ups
Registration sign-ups for the various volunteer opportunities will open in August. The link for sign-ups will be sent electronically to the email address associated with your DBA account. Please share this link with anyone outside of the Dallas Bar that you may encourage to join us and save the October 20, 2018 date on your calendar. We look forward to serving with you.
Chelsie Spencer is an attorney at Ritter Spencer PLLC. She can be reached at email@example.com.