Volunteer Spotlight: Renata O’Donnell

Renata O’Donnell

Renata O’Donnell

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Health Policy & Law and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

What do you do as a volunteer for the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I am a legal intake volunteer.

How long have you volunteered with the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I have been a volunteer since June of 2015.

How did you first get involved with the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I heard about the work of the ACLU when I attended a conference at which Mary Catherine Roper spoke.

Why is volunteering with the ACLU of Pennsylvania important to you?
So many people need legal help, but cannot find it. The ACLU cannot help every person who calls our office, but I come back to the ACLU each week with the knowledge that I can provide some solace to callers by listening to their stories and trying to find the best resources for their cases.

What civil liberties issue(s) are you most passionate about and why?
I am most passionate about prisoners’ rights after receiving calls from so many family members of the incarcerated during my time at the ACLU. Through these calls I have learned about the shocking treatment of inmates in the United States prison system- a system that is meant to reform, but instead warehouses and demoralizes those that are placed into it.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering for the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I love to run and I am training for my third marathon! I also enjoy exploring new restaurants with friends and driving home to see my family.

Renata is constantly smiling and always brings a positive attitude into the office. She is unbelievably helpful to our callers, and she is constantly looking for new ways to challenge herself. Renata plans to attend law school in the future to pursue public interest law, something at which she will surely excel. Thank you, Renata, for all your hard work.


If you are interested in volunteering with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, please visit: aclupa.org/volunteer

1 thought on “Volunteer Spotlight: Renata O’Donnell

  1. Renata is a lovely person both inside and outwards. She has always been a compassionate young lady. I remember her always offering help or assistance.

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