Nathan is an excellent addition to the legal clinic. Since joining us last November, he has become an integral part of the team. Nathan consistently volunteers every week, supporting our participants and community callers who need access to legal services at the clinic.
New Beginnings: What do you do as a volunteer at New Beginnings? What does a typical shift look like?
Nathan: I volunteer with the Neighborhood Legal Clinic which allows our clients access to free legal advice from volunteer attorneys practicing in King County. In a typical evening I will prepare paper work, greet our clients, conduct intake and exit interviews, and print legal documents for the attorneys as needed.
New Beginnings: What sparked you to volunteer in the domestic violence prevention and intervention field?
Nathan: Working in the courts for several years. I became aware of the huge number of people and families affected by domestic violence. After reading and learning about the issues it was obvious that there isn’t a singular solution to domestic violence. The solution is multi-faceted with advocacy as its keystone.
New Beginnings: What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Nathan: I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking in the mountains and splashing around in creeks in rivers. I also enjoy reading. Lately I’ve been reading lots of histories and biographies.
New Beginnings: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Nathan: My mother told me never to walk behind a horse (also mules and donkeys).
New Beginnings: What have you learned working to support survivors?
Nathan: Working to end domestic violence can seem very daunting at times. It’s important to keep a positive attitude and remember that not only are we making a difference by helping individuals but also creating generational changes.