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Posted By 2019 NALS Foundation Trustees, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stand Beside Me Do Your 90In July of 2019, NALS will celebrate our 90th anniversary. 


NALS was founded in 1929 by Eula Mae Jett, a legal secretary who started the association to help out her friends in the legal support professional field do their jobs better. 

Most of us know the history of NALS and some do not, you can find our history at NALS.org.

While the NALS Foundation Trustees were attending the NALS Foundation Retreat in Arlington, Texas earlier this year, we decided we wanted to foster our own sense of community and positivity. One way to forward our goal, we decided, was through volunteerism. Many of us participate in volunteer projects with our state and local chapters and individually, but we wanted to do something bigger. Our goal is to have the happiness and good feelings derived from being of service to others spread across the country. 

To celebrate this pivotal NALS anniversary, the NALS Foundation has created the “Stand Beside Me. Do Your 90” campaign. We want to celebrate and give back to our communities. 

We began brainstorming about how we could make an impact in Arlington to kick-off the campaign. We searched for local food banks, shelters, community centers, and anywhere that would accept our group volunteers to lend a hand. It was a struggle to find a place at the last minute, but the opportunity for us to volunteer at Mission Arlington appeared. We called and made the arrangements the day before, and we made plans to show up early the next morning. When we arrived, we met with the 90-year-old Mission Director, Tilly. She told us how grateful she and the rest of the volunteers were to have us there to help, and shared that 90 cents of every dollar raised by Mission Arlington goes directly back into the community. All references to 90 led us to believe that we were in the right place. We spent 90 minutes folding newsletters and stuffing envelopes. We did this enthusiastically as we talked with other volunteers of all ages. We met women, men, students, and other volunteers from the Arlington area. Some were there because they had been helped by Mission Arlington. Some were there because they simply believe in Mission Arlington’s mission and vision. Others were there, like us, to give back to their community. We left the mission happy, energetic, and enthusiastic about what lay ahead for us for the remainder of the retreat.  

Our challenge to each of you is to Stand Beside Me and Do Your 90. We are encouraging everyone to take 90 minutes of your time to volunteer, either individually or as a group. There are so many organizations where you can donate your time and energy. We know this is a little unusual since the NALS Foundation is typically asking for your donations. We believe that this campaign will allow everyone to participate because everyone has the same 525,600 minutes in their year bank to spend. By giving 90 minutes to an organization in your community, you will make a difference. You will feel good, and your sense of community will expand. All we ask is that when you do your 90 minutes of service, you post on the NALS Foundation page using the hashtag #StandBesideMeDoYour90 so we can spread the positivity. 

Thank you all so much for your continued participation with NALS and the NALS Foundation! We are excited about this campaign, and we look forward to celebrating NALS 90th Anniversary by giving back. 

Make sure you have liked the NALS Foundation Facebook page (Facebook.com/NALSFoundation), and that you stay tuned for more information about the NALS Foundation’s other plans to celebrate the NALS 90th Anniversary. 


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