Why Volunteer?

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people. –Nelson Mandela

You are an NDIA member because someone volunteered. Even though you pay dues and conference fees, this organization exists only because there are individuals who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to make it happen. They have a vision for what the world of indigent criminal defense investigation can be. Why not join them and help build a better world for ourselves and our clients?

The broadest and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. –Ivan Scheier

The NDIA structure exists for the good…the good of our organization, the good of our members, and, ultimately, the good of our clients. The NDIA teaches, trains, informs, and engages its members for the higher purpose of defending the poor. And our members, by the very nature of their job and the size of their hearts, are known for doing more any given day of the week, not because they have to, but because they want to. So why not take the next step and volunteer?

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. –Elizabeth Andrew

Most NDIA volunteer positions fall within committees. They vary widely in the amount of time they consume: some require very little, while others require quite a bit. There are a wide variety of committees on which to serve, so chances are, there’s a committee tailored just for you.

Here is a list of NDIA committees that could really use you as a volunteer:

  • Bylaws
  • Standards of Practice
  • Conference
  • Exhibit
  • Investigator/Paralegal of the Year
  • Membership
  • NLADA/NACDL Liaison
  • Newsletter
  • Website
  • Survey
  • Investigative Manual

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

There’s a line you cross when you volunteer—a line for the good—and no matter how hard you try, you cannot help but gain something from crossing it. You no longer exist just for yourself only, but for the greater good. Others look at you in a different way. And the greatest part about volunteering is that anyone can do it.

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.― Dr. Seuss

The very first year I joined the NDIA, I became an NDIA volunteer. It’s been a blast. Some of the most enjoyable moments of my career I have shared with other NDIA members. In fact, NDIA volunteers are some of the greatest people I have ever known. Please consider joining us.

To become an NDIA volunteer, contact
Beverly Davidson, Executive Secretary
PO Box 169
Kohler, WI 53044
Phone (920) 395-2330 
Fax (866) 668-9858
E-mail: nationaldefender@gmail.com