Our November Volunteer of the Month is Chelsea Ray Riekkola! Chelsea is a lifelong Alaskan who volunteers with ALSC through the Attorney of the Day program, by taking on full pro bono cases, and providing wills clinics in the community. We truly value the enthusiasm, knowledge, and compassion she brings to ALSC’s clients and the community through her service! Read on for our full interview with Chelsea below:
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
It is important to me that I give back to the community that supported me on my journey toward the practice of law. I am a lifelong Alaskan, and am grateful for all of the opportunities I received growing up here, as well as in my professional life. I would like to pay that forward.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
My most memorable experiences have been working with ALSC clients who have received terminal diagnoses to get their estate planning in place. It is very rewarding to be able to assist folks with getting their affairs in order at the time when they need it the most.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
Staying connected with ALSC and providing important services that are truly needed by a segment of the population that may not be able to afford them will help me stay grounded and connected to the community. I get to meet interesting people and be a part of their lives, helping them solve some of life’s most complicated problems.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I enjoy running in my free time, and one of my favorite events is the annual Race Judicata to support Anchorage Youth Court. I love that we can support our community and get a workout at the same time! And I am always impressed by the number of practitioners that turn out for that event.