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National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
December 10, 2009

I found the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty while seeking a full-time volunteer position to fill the time I had before starting with a law firm. I was particularly interested in its children & youth program, as I am passionate about education access. I was cognizant, when selecting an organization, of avoiding an organization that blindly pursued a cause without regard to reality. NLCHP impressed me during my volunteer period by the thoughtful, intellectual, and practical approach it took to fighting homelessness and poverty. During my time there I was impressed by the staff's strong commitment to the cause they serve. NLCHP employs a talented group of attorneys, development and communications persons, and support staff. Each member has above-average skills that lead to NLCHP's highly effective advocacy. The quality of its works is evidenced by the numerous government officials and news outlets that seek comments and information from NLCHP, as well as the large number of law firms that enjoy working on pro bono projects with it. For instance, NLCHP was extensively involved in bringing about protection for renter's in foreclosed properties passed in the spring of 2009. NLCHP is making a lasting impact on homelessness and poverty by fighting the causes, not just the symptoms. By going to the "root" of the problem, NLCHP effectuates long term change. The director, and board of directors, have done an excellent job creating a professional public interest, non-profit organization. Policy goals and strategic planning are thoughtfully developed. Success and adherence to the organization's goals are tracked monthly with organizational outcome reports. The result is an organization that is affecting real change for families across the nation.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

speaking with individuals across the country that benefit from NLCHP's work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a legal fellow in the Children & Youth Program while a deferred law firm associate.