The VLP is pleased to recognize Robert Bulanda as this month’s V.I.V. – Very Important Volunteer.
When the VLP switched to telephonic appointments and clinics due to COVID-19, the VLP was mentioned in a Washington State Bar Association article about how legal aid programs across the state are adapting to the pandemic. Robert, a Seattle-based attorney, saw the article and reached out to the VLP about volunteering. Since early April, Robert has made himself available on Monday afternoons to speak with VLP clients about their legal issues, options, and paperwork.
Robert strongly believes that “volunteering is important to help the most vulnerable members of our community. The people who often need help the most are often the ones who can least afford it.” In addition to volunteering with the VLP, Robert also volunteers as an AmeriCorps member with Providence Hospital of Seattle in their Transitions Program. In this position, he especially enjoys working with elderly and seriously ill clients to help them navigate the changes in their health.
When asked why he decided to volunteer for the VLP, Robert stated that he “wanted to use [his] legal skills and knowledge to contribute to our community’s well-being during this challenging time.” The VLP is fortunate to have volunteers like Robert who continually support VLP clients even during uncertain and difficult times such as these.
Thank you, Robert, for all you do for the VLP and its clients!