The San Diego Paralegals Association Pro Bono Chair would like to invite you to volunteer your time to the below organizations that SDPA actively supports year-round.
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CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS
The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) helps more than 30,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.
ELDER LAW & ADVOCACY
Elder Law & Advocacy is a caring group of experienced professional staff and trained volunteers who are dedicated to serving seniors in both San Diego and Imperial Counties. They provide civil legal services in subject areas concerning seniors, Medicare and Medicare related counseling and advocacy, referrals to community senior service providers and many other services. Instead of requiring clients to come to one or two locations, their staff attorneys and trained Medicare counselors travel to close to 40 convenient, accessible locations throughout the community on a regular schedule to meet face to face with those in need of services.
LAWYERS REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE
Do you need to find an attorney to assist you with a legal situation? Contact us and we will help you find the right attorney. LRIS Referrals come with a free 30-minute consultation with family, personal injury, employment, civil litigation lawyers or more.
Promises2Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 30 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect.
Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,300 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through our four core programs: Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds.
RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SAN DIEGO
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial, and southern Riverside counties. Additionally, Rady Children’s is a major pediatric clinical research center, with nearly 200 clinical trials and more than 260 other research projects underway. We collaborate with world-class institutions, including UC San Diego, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL-SAN DIEGO
ROOM TO READ
Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
The SDCBA encourages every member to volunteer their time either in pro bono legal services or general community volunteer opportunities. Join the many SDCBA members who volunteer their time and efforts for a variety of community oriented events and activities.
SAN DIEGO CLEAN SLATE CLINIC
On the first Saturday of every month, the San Diego Reentry Roundtable hosts its Clean Slate Clinic. The Clinic helps review sentencing orders and assists its participants in preparing petitions for dismissal and motions to terminate probation. Organized and run by KeiaraAuzenne, Director of the San Diego Center for Employment Opportunities, and Susan Clemens of the County Public Defender, the Clinic has helped many people dismiss their convictions or terminate their probation. The Clinic is always looking for volunteers and training for the volunteers is held prior to each Clinic. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact KeiaraAuzenne at email@example.com
SAN DIEGO COUNTY LAW LIBRARY
We need your help in our quest to provide more services to more people and to reach out to the entire San Diego community. Our newly created Volunteer Program will be a win-win for our volunteers and for us. Make your pro bono hours count for us and you’ll help add strength to our promise of providing access to justice. Law students — you can build your resume learning valuable skills working with our outreach team and Information Desk staff. Library students — you can experience librarianship in a law library environment.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
The Court first tapped volunteer power in 1986 when it opened its original Children’s Waiting Room in response to community concern for child witnesses exposed to prisoners being escorted through the public hallways. Since then, the volunteer program has expanded to embrace many facets of court activities. The volunteer program can provide an invaluable experience to individuals seeking a legal career, as well as to those interested in serving their community.
SAN DIEGO VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROGRAM
Law students and paralegals typically work in SDVLP’s offices and clinics. To date, more than 480 law students have volunteered with SDVLP. In 2010 alone, 136 law students volunteered their time through SDVLP. These law students touch approximately 4,000 cases each year. SDVLP offers paralegals the opportunity to utilize their legal training to assist low income residents with their legal issues. Paralegals may volunteer at legal clinics to support our staff and volunteer attorneys in pro bono matters. SDVLP has a particular need for Spanish speakers.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VILLAGE
St. Vincent de Paul’s Villageis designed as a one-stop center intended to address all the rehabilitative needs of the homeless on one campus. Child care, family literacy, and parenting classes are available while parents work off site or meet program requirements on campus. A range of clinical services are offered, including assessments, addiction treatment, and mental health services such as individual, group and children’s therapy. Our Career & Education Center teaches participants job skills and computer literacy, and partners on site with the community college to provide adult education and GED prep. In addition, all residents have access to case management services, our medical clinic that offers medical, dental and psychiatric care, and our chaplaincy program.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE
Every day, Californians are denied access to the basic rights to which they are entitled under the law, simply because they cannot afford a lawyer. Equal access to justice doesn’t just make some of the difference for these people in need — it makes all of the difference: the difference between staying in a home or living on the street; between a safe family or a life of fear and violence; between getting paid earned wages or having nothing to eat. Access to legal assistance often means access to healthcare, safety, food, and shelter. The Campaign for Justice is raising funds to ensure that all Californians have access to justice under the law.
THE PRINCESS PROJECT
Remember your high school prom? Whether it was a few years or many years ago, now is your chance to help make prom a reality for many San Diego teens who cannot afford to attend their own prom. The Princess Project is a 100% volunteer-led effort. There are a number of committees that dedicate time and talent in planning for the event, working with our event partners, coordinating fundraisers and dress drives, and coordinating volunteers.
VOICES FOR CHILDREN
Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Voices for Children believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, monitor every court file in the system, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.
WATER 4 LIFE
Water4LifeMinistry is a 501c3 non-profit Ministry who loves God and has an important mission to save lives, by providing safe drinking water to impoverished people around the world.
Please help by volunteering with them here
WILLS FOR HEROES
Wills for Heroes programs provide essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first-responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first-responders plan now, they ensure their family’s legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits. The 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit Wills for Heroes Foundation supports these Wills programs, giving back to the community and “protecting those who protect us.”
WILLS FOR HEROES
YWCA LEGAL CLINIC
YWCA of San Diego County offers free legal services to survivors of domestic violence on family law matters, including divorce, restraining orders, paternity, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and escorts to court hearings and custody mediations.