Thanks to EJC’s Clinic Volunteers For a Great Year So Far

As our annual Labor Day Awards Breakfast approaches, the staff of the EJC wants to give a great big THANK YOU to all our loyal intake volunteers and advising attorneys who make the EJC’s Workers’ Rights Clinics such a valuable resource to DC-area low-income workers. Intake volunteers like Tammy Craig, a legal assistant at WETA TV, and advising attorneys like Patrick Riley, a retired labor lawyer, have provided advice and consolation in over 1,050 intakes so far this year. We are thrilled to be able to honor Tammy and Patrick at the Labor Day Breakfast this year!

At this pace, the EJC will conduct over 1,600 intakes in 2015, the most since at least 2009. For all our volunteers, behind such a number are the dozens or even hundreds of individuals they’ve served at the clinics. Tammy began volunteering at EJC’s clinic in southeast Washington in 2013, and has since volunteered regularly, including at EJC’s new clinic in Maryland. “I started off with the clinic when I was unemployed, looking to serve myself by serving others,” Tammy said. “But I ended up getting so much more out of it, learning from the workers and the lawyers who serve them.” For her, volunteering at the clinic has been, in a word: “awesome.”

Tammy’s work and those of her fellow volunteers has allowed the EJC to expand its reach this year. We now have aSaturday clinic at Bread for the City in Southeast Washington, for workers whose schedules make it difficult to attend a clinic during the week. We’ve collaborated with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) to provide free legal help at one of NLSP’s Southeast locations twice per month. And working side-by-side with the Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP, we’ve experimented for the first time with a clinic location in Maryland.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters for your help so far in 2015! You are the backbone of the EJC’s work to provide assistance to low-income workers each day. We most definitely could not do it without you!

With gratitude,

The EJC Staff

To learn more about EJC’s clinics, including how to volunteer, click here.