Who Should Volunteer?
Do you love God and recognize His image in your neighbors? Do you believe that we must “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9)? Yes? Then we want you as a volunteer!
There are so many ways to serve!
Do you have the gift of hospitality? Our hospitality volunteers are often the first people our neighbor clients encounter as they arrive at a clinic. Your warm smile, an offer of a cup of coffee, and your welcoming, encouraging attitude help our visitors relax and understand that we’re glad they’ve come and we want to serve them.
We encourage attorneys and paralegals to offer their skills. It really doesn’t matter what kind of work you do in your “day” job – we offer training and the support of experienced attorneys in areas of law that our clients most need. You may not realize it, but you already know a great deal, just by virtue of having the J.D. or paralegal certificate: you already have a general understanding of how our legal system works. We’ll train you and provide resources for the specifics.
We are always in need of translators. Our neighbors come from many different countries, and many of them haven’t quite mastered English yet. They feel more comfortable expressing themselves in their native language. We need translators who speak a wide variety of languages, from Spanish to Arabic to Mandarin to Korean. Your language skills can help a neighbor explain their problem and understand what help may be available.
Without our administrative volunteers, nothing would get done! Those of you who love to organize, to make sure that things go smoothly, and desire to show the order and peace that reflect our loving God, the God Who brought order out of chaos and oversees each of our steps – come and offer your unique gifts to His glory and your neighbor’s aid.
Our clinic volunteers are practicing Christians, representing many church traditions, living in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Good Samaritan Advocates work in teams. Our legal clinic attorneys serve in teams to consult with clients with the support of volunteer legal assistants and interpreters. New volunteers are always paired with more experienced volunteers so those new to our program can learn by experience. Volunteers may sign up for clinics in advance, or respond to specific e-mail requests for volunteers a few weeks before a clinic. We also need volunteers who are willing to help outside of clinic hours in various roles.
We provide Professional Liability Insurance Coverage for all our legal clinic attorneys. We also provide training throughout the year for our attorney and non-attorney volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer, please apply to volunteer below.