Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for 19 years since graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she served as the first elected female president of the Student Government Association. Upon graduation, she enrolled for a year of service as an AmeriCorps, Delta Service Corps Member, assigned to serve families through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Prior to her work with United Way, Sarah worked with the American Heart Association and The Family Tree in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Sarah Hamilton Berthelot serves as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways, providing collaborative support to seven United Ways.
Although it can be challenging to balance my professional career, my personal life and my service to others, it has always been essential to me to dedicate my time to community service. I have been raised to believe that it is important to invest in others and to do my part in giving back to our community. I strongly believe in the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi that “[t]he best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Throughout my career, I have managed to handle a large number of pro bono cases while balancing my firm’s caseload. Most recently in 2013, I was actively handling over 10 pro bono cases at one time.
In the spirit of service to others, I want to encourage every attorney to challenge yourself to give back to the community, and to remember as Stella Payton so wisely put it, “Service is not something you do. It is something you are.”
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