ALSC’s December Volunteer of the Month is James Bauman! James volunteers in a variety of ways: for the Early Resolution Project in Anchorage and Palmer, the Housing Court Justice Project, and through direct casework. Check out our interview will James below:
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
I choose to Volunteer with ALSC because it provides me with the opportunity to help. I get to help others with problems that they can’t handle themselves. I get to help others that might not be able to find help elsewhere. I get to help people that feel that no one cares about them. Finally, it helps me to make the changes I want to see in society.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
Every time I get the email from Laura requesting help with the Early Resolution Project I am reminded of the first time that I was able to volunteer with that program. I was acting as a mediator between two parents trying to do whats best for their daughter. In working with them we were able to come up with a solution that the parents were happy with. Not just a solution that the parents agreed to, but a solution that made them happy.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
ALSC has provided me with connections in the legal community that I NEVER would have been able to make without the volunteer opportunities. Not only have I been able to work with well deserving people to help with their legal problems, but I have made connections with other attorneys that have allowed me to continue my legal practice when I thought I had to close my firm.