The 14th annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day of the North Carolina Bar Foundation will take place on Friday, March 5. Due to the ongoing pandemic, volunteers and callers will operate virtually throughout the event in a manner very similar to the Foundation’s recent COVID-19 Virtual Legal Hotlines.
Three important aspects of the 4ALL Statewide Service Day remain the same in 2021:
- Volunteers from the North Carolina Bar Association will provide free legal information to citizens throughout the day. This has been the focal point of 4ALL from the beginning, and perhaps now more than ever, the need for answers to legal questions is at its highest level.
- Community partners who have supported 4ALL and COVID-19 Legal Hotlines in the past are on board to promote this year’s event:
- WLOS – Asheville
- WBTV – Charlotte
- WFMY – Greensboro
- WNCT-TV – Greenville
- WRAL – Raleigh
- WECT-TV – Wilmington
- Hutchens Law Firm – Fayetteville.
- Legal Aid of North Carolina – Statewide
- Although technology will play a much larger role, the transition to an app-based format will be seamless for the callers – all you have to do is dial your phone! The phone numbers are provided below, and although the call centers will be promoting specific numbers for their regions, you can call any number from anywhere in the state. All of the following information is also available here.
Call centers will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here are the phone numbers:
- Asheville/Western NC – 828-418-6969
- Charlotte – 704-630-7300
- Fayetteville – 919.891.9779
- Greensboro – 336-355-6262
- Greenville – 252-969-0606
- Raleigh/Triangle – 919-891-9779
- Wilmington/Coastal NC – 910-218-2040
- Winston-Salem – 336-355-6262
Volunteers will also be on hand to assist Spanish-speaking citizens. The phone numbers are the same, and callers will be prompted at the outset of the call to designate if they wish to speak to a Spanish-speaking attorney. There is also a flier (click here) specifically created for Spanish-speaking citizens.
Volunteers (lawyers, paralegals, law students) will operate in two-hour shifts beginning at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. You can take calls from anywhere that you have access to a mobile device or computer Wi-Fi, including your home or office, and you may sign up for multiple shifts. Volunteer attorneys are especially needed from 5-7 p.m., when media partners are promoting the event during their newscasts and call volume is historically high. Volunteer here.
“There really is no other program like 4ALL,” said Nicolette Fulton, who is serving as co-chair of this year’s event along with Alicia Edwards. “The impact that this makes to the people of North Carolina and the community in just one day is so significant, and means so much to so many people.”