Volunteer with Legal Aid
Legal Aid Service of Collier County encourages volunteers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels to get involved. There are many ways volunteers can help Legal Aid accomplish its mission of providing free civil legal representation to the poor in Collier County. To volunteer at Legal Aid, please email us a cover letter and your résumé.
For law students that have graduated and desire to work with Legal Aid, there are many fellowships that are available. Recipients of the Skadden Fellowship from the Skadden Foundation have worked with Legal Aid in the past. Furthermore, there could be a fellowship offered by your law school that would be applicable to working with Legal Aid. If you are interested in pursuing fellowship work at Legal Aid, you should contact us.
Current law students and others familiar with legal terminology are welcome to volunteer and help our attorneys prepare materials for cases and for informational clinics that are designed to educate the public about legal issues that are important to them.
Undergraduates and high school students are also needed to assist Legal Aid in its mission. Volunteers are welcome to help out in our office, preparing presentations and narratives from our attorneys in addition to other development work. Volunteers are also needed to help manage fundraisers, clinics, and other events. Important to note is that these volunteers do not have to be familiar with legal terminology to help out. All that is needed is a willingness to work and a desire to help the under-served in Collier County.
Specific projects that volunteers can help out with include our annual Adopt a Family program. Since 2007, the Adopt a Family program has provided gifts to over 800 underprivileged children. Volunteers can help shop for gifts for the children, help transport gifts, and help out on the day of the event by setting up the event and breaking it down.
Legal Aid also has a need for bilingual persons to help with translation. Especially needed are those persons who are bilingual in English and Spanish, Creole, or French. Bilingual volunteers at all ages would be incredibly valuable and would greatly help Legal Aid in its mission.
Even if you don’t fit in to any of these categories, you can still help Legal Aid by hosting a fundraiser for Legal Aid in your house or social organization and by helping raise awareness of Legal Aid’s efforts to help the underprivileged in Collier County.