We’re proud to recognize Sarah Nadolny as the Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Sarah and her experience as an MVLS volunteer.
Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?
I choose to volunteer with MVLS for a few reasons. I started my career in non-profits and never really thought I’d leave them; I like the work and the people. MVLS cases offer me a sense of balance in my career. Mulinazzi Law Office is very dedicated to volunteering with MVLS and encourages a similar commitment in me. I strongly believe that if you can help, then you should.
Are there any recent cases that you’re proud of? Tell us more about what happened, or about what you learned.
I helped a woman with a very straightforward divorce. She was terrified of her husband, she was dealing with two family emergencies, and still trying to remain calm and professional. I was able to empower her, validate her, give her the opportunity to see someone say no to her husband, and get her divorced months earlier than expected.
How does volunteering with MVLS impact you (personally, professionally, or both)?
Volunteering with MVLS gives me purpose.
What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with or supporting MVLS?
MVLS does incredible work and provides an invaluable service to our communities. Volunteering with MVLS will make you feel like a better human. It is very easy to help, and there is a wonderful built-in support system to help with your questions and case issues. If you do not have time to take on extra cases, they have other ways you can support their mission. Supporting this work helps to protect the rights and well-being of those who are most in need of assistance.
How would you explain the impact of your pro bono work to someone who isn’t familiar with MVLS?
Working with MVLS gives you the ability to impact people in many ways, at the very core you give people a better chance to accomplish their legal goals, and in other cases to stand up to their bullies and their financial resources. In addition to case outcomes, you have the opportunity to help people find peace, relief, security, support, and validation.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
You should volunteer with MVLS. In addition to helping people, volunteering can be a continuous learning experience. You may encounter unique cases and legal challenges that provide valuable insights and broaden your understanding of the law while at the same time making a difference in the life of a person who may not have the funds to pay for legal representation. It helps them as well as the community they live in.