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Bar News - May 13, 2011

Giving Back: 83 Percent Gave Time, Services

According to a recent poll by the NH Bar Association, 83 percent of respondents all Bar members gave time and/or services in their communities in 2010-11. Here is breakdown of how they gave:

65% Social or religious service (Examples: Participation in service through a church, fraternal organization such as Rotary, hospice volunteer, soup kitchen or food pantry, other hands-on volunteering.)
56% Community governance (Examples: serving on town or school board or as moderator, municipal budget committee, state legislator, serving on a statewide board.)
47%   Youth and education (Examples: PTO, youth sports coaching or officiating, juvenile diversion, Sunday school, after-school activity volunteer, or coach.)
35% Nonprofit governance and fundraising (Examples: service as chair or board member, fundraiser for local, state or national nonprofit.)
34% Pro Bono Referral Program (Examples: Taking cases, referral marathons, case review.)
34% Other legal-related volunteering (Examples: unpaid court-sponsored mediation, legal advice to nonprofits, etc.)
60% Have held a leadership role in the community or in the legal profession.
85% Give six or more hours per month to various volunteer efforts.
51% Say giving has increased during the recession.

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