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Volunteers enable many charitable nonprofits to get their work done. A recent survey by the US Department of Labor shows that about one-quarter of Americans, or 25 percent, take the time to volunteer.
The Independent Sector, an organization that gathers tons of statistics about charitable activities, places an Estimated National Value of Each Volunteer Hour every year. That value stands, as of 2017, at $24.69 an hour on average.
Donating one’s time and energy can have a positive effect on health. Volunteering can also be a great way to gain experience for recent graduates or for experienced professionals planning on a career shift. Sometimes volunteering helps define educational goals and volunteers go on to law or graduate school.
At Earth Law Center (ELC), volunteers contribute in many ways. Some help research & write legal documents to marketing communications, others focus on improving the user experience of our website and managing ELC’s digital marketing and paid search projects. Like most nonprofits, all of ELC’s board members are also volunteers.
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This year, over 200 people have signed up to volunteer with Earth Law Center – including interns and externs. The interns and externs mostly hail from law schools. ELC was also named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits based on reviews from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.
Regarding her experience with Earth Law Center, Nikita T. says, “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Earth Law Center. The organization works tirelessly for the causes they believe in and have a remarkable network throughout the world.”
Volunteer Kailee K. states, “As part of the digital marketing team, I get the opportunity to work with talented, smart, and kind individuals who are all willing to donate their time to help this organization reach a boarder audience. There’s a great sense of community within the team even though we all work from different corners of the globe. If you’re interested in supporting a great nonprofit who is working to secure rights for nature and take on environmental challenges, be sure to check out ELC.”
Thanks to our team of dedicated board, staff, volunteers and interns – we are proud to have helped draft and pass an Earth Law Resolution in Crestone, Colorado and Rights of River legislation in Mexico City this year.
Won’t you consider volunteering for an organization you care about today?
If you’re interested in the environment, consider:
Donating to ELC
Signing up to volunteer at ELC.
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Darlene May Lee is Executive Director of Earth Law Center, which works to transform the law to recognize and protect nature’s inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve. She works to build a force of advocates for nature’s rights at the local, state, national, and international levels. Connect with Earth Law Center on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Read all of Darlene’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.
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