Paralegal Stephanie Crosby is co-leading one of the largest statewide legal pro bono initiatives to answer a call for help.
She is co-chairing the 4ALL Statewide Service Day Committee and will oversee the 15th annual 4ALL day of service on Friday, March 4, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.
4ALL is an annual initiative where attorneys are stationed in call centers across the state to answer questions and provide referral sources to thousands of North Carolinians in need. It's a joint pro bono program by the North Carolina Bar Foundation and the North Carolina Bar Association.
This year, 4ALL will be held virtually, allowing attorneys and paralegals to serve from the safety and comfort of their offices or home offices.
"It's even easier to participate in giving back this year because you can do it from the comfort of your home or office, and I can promise that you won't have to do a live television interview," Stephanie quipped while encouraging attorneys and paralegals to donate a few hours of their time on March 4.
"One phone call can have a lasting effect. It's enough to ease a burden off of someone's shoulder, give them hope, or direction, and people really appreciate it."
Stephanie has been involved in 4ALL every year, including serving as the Greenville call center co-chair for the last few. She has seen the call volume steadily increase each year, noting that the pandemic has also aggravated things.
"People need help, and we're literally answering that call. That's why pro bono services, like the 4ALL Statewide Service Day, are important. We're not just helping strangers. These are calls from our friends, neighbors, and community."
Again, the 4ALL Statewide Service Day is March 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are an attorney or paralegal interested in volunteering, visit https://www.ncbarfoundation.org/our-programs/4all/.