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Why I Volunteer

We asked our volunteers why they say "yes!" to Philadelphia VIP. Click here to add your own voice.

I volunteer with VIP because...

… I want to make a difference in this city, even if it is only one person at a time.

Raymond Williams

… VIP makes it easy for me to make a difference in someone’s life.

Donald DiCarlo

… everybody deserves a fair shake in life.

Patrick Devine

… I want to help make Philadelphia a better place for people of all backgrounds — regardless of their income.

Melissa Mazur

… there is nothing more rewarding in our professional lives.

Nate Bohlander

… it is an honor to provide legal services to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents.

Frank C. Vito
 
 
Brian R. Kisielewski

... I wouldn't be the lawyer I am today without the experiences I've had with VIP.

… it is a tremendous resource for those who are in need in the Philadelphia community.

Jonathan Gilman

…I enjoy representing Spanish-speaking clients and assisting them in protecting their loved ones through guardianship.

Jenimae Almquist

… it is an excellent opportunity to use my legal skills to serve my community.

Matthew K. Fissel

… represented litigants in Family Court have a much greater opportunity to achieve their goals than those who are not represented.

Lee A. Schwartz

… everyone should have access to legal representation.

Michael Miller

… VIP gives attorneys like me an opportunity to serve the community.

Alex Ginsburg
 
 
Samuel Franklin

... there's no organization in Philadelphia that provides pro bono legal services better than VIP.

… volunteering allows me to “pay forward” the opportunities provided to me over the years.

Starr Marshall Cash

… it brings me joy to use my legal degree to assist people who really appreciate my help.

Holly Kendorski

… without VIP, many families would have nowhere to turn, and Orphans’ Court is not an easy place to navigate pro se.

Julie D. Goldstein

… it provides an opportunity for me to give back to the community.

Nicole Holden

… legal representation should be a fundamental right in civil cases.

Bethany R. Nikitenko

… the need is great, and it’s an easy way for me to do my part in meeting that need.

Matthew Rosin
 
 
Diane Zilka

... it’s the Philadelphia way, to help our neighbors with the best resources possible: ourselves.

… everyone deserves access to family law representation, and I am happy to do my part.

Emily Vener

… it is important to give back to the community and help those in need.

Jennifer Zegel

… I enjoy assisting people that may be challenged and need a little help.

David Yavil

… it is a natural response to the gratitude I feel for what a legal career has given me. Plus, VIP makes it a pleasure.

Doug Stuart

… there is a great need for legal services for those who cannot afford them, and VIP connects people to meet that need.

Alex Joseph

… I can! (And because it’s good karma.)

Michelle Walker
 
 
Megan Watson

... every parent living in poverty deserves excellent advocacy just as much as my paying clients.

… because of the feeling of accomplishment in completing legal transactions for people left behind.

Bob Scott

… it allows me to use my skills to make a difference in the lives of others.

Margo Meta

… VIP is a well-run organization that makes a huge impact in our community and makes the volunteer experience rewarding.

Heather Ritch Rocks

… it is part of what being a lawyer is all about.

Julie Auerbach

… seeing a smile or reading words of appreciation is one of the reasons I became a lawyer: to help others.

Scott Milner

… helping kids legally change their names is incredibly impactful work.

Sarah Bryan Fask
 
 
Jeanne Kabulis

... I needed legal help years ago, and I try to repay in kind what I received then: competent representation, fairness, and peace of mind.

… underserved families should be able to navigate the Family Court without hurdles.

Diana C. Schimmel

… saving homes from foreclosure slows the surge of abandoned properties and prevents homelessness.

Peter M. Newman

… it puts me on the frontlines of the fight to protect the most vulnerable people in our city.

Geneva C. Brown

… I want to do my part in providing legal assistance to those who need it most.

Matthew Olesh

… it gives me the privilege of helping clients in the most important legal matters of their lifetimes.

Brennan Torregrossa

… it is my fundamental duty to give back to and support the community I live and work in.

Eli S. Wolfe

Why do you volunteer?