Thursday, November 7, 2013

Community Services Committee: Relish The Privilege To Serve Those In Need

By Lara M. LaVoie

As attorneys, we all know that law can be a very stressful profession, and it is easy to get caught up in the cycle of complaining about the unhappiness that we often feel about our jobs and our lives.  What we do not often take the time to realize, though, is just how lucky we really are when we compare ourselves to the rest of the population in this country (and the world, for that matter).  We are fortunate to have been able to develop invaluable skills and accomplish incredible goals in our lives that we so easily take for granted.  We also often forget that we did not make it to where we are on our own.  Whether it was with the blessing of loving and giving parents, true friends, or inspiring teachers, most (if not all) of us have had the love and support of others to help and guide us along the way. 

Others’ lives have not been as fortunate.  There are some people who were simply dealt a different hand and may never have the opportunity to enjoy or accomplish what we have.  Some children have suffered abuse that we could never imagine and have to fight a battle that many of us would not have the strength to fight.  Imagine how different our lives would be if we had started out that way.  We should really feel lucky to have what we do and to have the privilege to help those less fortunate.

When I first volunteered for the Community Services Committee (CSC), I gave a few hours of my time to help with the Dining with Dignity event, which provides the homeless with a lovely, sit-down meal. I was touched by how the members of this committee are willing to take time out of their busy lives and give so generously to those in need. 

This committee is about more than making a monetary donation. It is about spending valuable time to truly touch the lives of others.  You may not think you have the time, or you may think an hour of your time will not change the world. However, just an ounce of caring and compassion may be enough to change one person’s world. 

I was honored when Lisa Esposito asked me to serve as co-chair of the CSC. I hope that we can really make an impact on the community with the amazing volunteer events we have planned for this year.

Being involved in the CSC is your opportunity to make your mark on humanity and on this profession.  Who knows, you may even find more happiness in your life as a result.  After all, as Booker T. Washington said, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

Please contact Lara LaVoie ( or Lisa Esposito ( for information on joining the CSC or volunteering for an event.