ALSC is happy to celebrate James Croft as our March 2017 Volunteer of the Month! For the last few months, James has been a stellar intern for the ALSC Anchorage office. Check out our interview with James below:
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
I chose to volunteer with ALSC for a couple reasons. First, I was looking for an opportunity to help people that really need a hand. Second, I wanted to volunteer at a firm that deals with a wide range of legal issues. After looking around a bit, it became apparent ALSC was the best option because of the wide range of civil legal services ALSC provides to low-income and socially disadvantaged Alaskans.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
There are two experiences that come to mind, one societal and one individual. On the societal side, I’ve been lucky enough to work with ALSC’s Fair Housing Project. I hope those efforts will lead to broad change in Anchorage in how the city approaches fair housing in the future. On the individual side, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a bunch of people regarding public benefits they desperately need, like Social Security Disability. Pretty much any work one does at ALSC is aimed at making a positive difference in the lives of Alaskans.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
I think my experience with ALSC will be beneficial to me in the future by providing education and experience in a broad range of legal issues I might not have encountered otherwise. It will also be beneficial by introducing me to a wide network of stellar ALSC attorneys and pro bono opportunities.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I love Alaska with every cell in my body and am annoyingly obsessed with Calgary Flames hockey.