Volunteer Opportunity

Become a Volunteer Advocate at Legal Hand Crown Heights!

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Legal Hand


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Published 2 months ago

Start Date

April 11, 2019

End Date

September 30, 2019

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Legal Hand, a community legal resource center with storefront centers in Crown Heights, Brownsville, Jamaica, Highbridge, and Tremont is seeking volunteers!

At Legal Hand, our trained community volunteers provide free legal information, assistance and referrals to help community members resolve issues that affect their lives, in areas like housing, family law, immigration, divorce, domestic violence and benefits. Volunteers operate out of easy-to-find, neighborhood storefront centers in Crown Heights and Brownsville, Brooklyn, Highbridge and Tremont, Bronx, and Jamaica, Queens. Legal Hand is run by the Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with three legal services providers: The Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC, and New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG).

Legal Hand Volunteers provide legal information, assistance, and referrals from the Crown Heights, Brownsville, and Jamaica storefront offices. Volunteers play an important role in Legal Hand's mission to improve access to justice in low-income communities by directing people with civil legal problems to effective resources and ensuring they know their rights in a given situation. Volunteers are trained at no cost, learning valuable advocacy and legal skills. Legal Hand volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life— from college students to retirees, and no experience in legal work is necessary. Volunteers will be paid a stipend of $15 per shift to cover transportation.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Complete trainings in a variety of legal issue areas, including immigration, family law, housing, benefits, and employment
  • Assist residents with variety of legal issues by completing intake, filling out and filing paperwork
  • Track client information in computer database consistently and accurately
  • Conduct outreach to advertise the program

Requirements include:

  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week in our office for minimum of 6 months
  • Interest in public interest law and community organizing
  • Must be 18 and over
  • Desire to help members of the community resolve their problems
  • Must speak fluent English; ability to speak Spanish a plus but not required
  • Must have strong computer literacy and comfort
  • Knowledge of NYC benefits a plus

Legal Hand, a community legal resource center with storefront centers in Crown Heights, Brownsville, Jamaica, Highbridge, and Tremont is seeking volunteers!

At Legal Hand, our trained community volunteers provide free legal information…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

Legal Hand will be holding two volunteer info sessions in March - please come to one of them to learn more about becoming a volunteer in our Crown Heights office:

March 26, 2019 from 6-7pm

or

March 27, 2019 from 1-2pm

Both information sessions will be held at Legal Hand Crown Heights, 250 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213

For more information, or with any questions, please contact Hannah Margolin at margolinh@legalhand.org or at 718-619-4248. RSVP by phone, email, or on Eventbrite.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of our other offices (Brownsville, Jamaica, Highbridge, or Tremont), contact Hannah Margolin at the above email to be connected with the office in question.

Legal Hand will be holding two volunteer info sessions in March - please come to one of them to learn more about becoming a volunteer in our Crown Heights office:

March 26, 2019 from…

Location

Legal Hand Crown Heights

250 Kingston Ave, 250 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
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