FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 CLSEPA VISTA - Humanitarian Access Coordinator
Applications must be received by 7/22/2016 via MyAmeriCorps Portal. Search for "CLSEPA" or go to: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=67639
At Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, our mission is to provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future.
Our goal is to support individuals and communities in effecting significant, positive changes. Our practice areas include immigration, housing, and economic advancement.
Learn more at www.clsepa.org
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto’s (CLSEPA) mission is to provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. With VISTA support, CLSEPA aims to expand the pro bono, volunteer and legal resources available to low-income East Palo Alto and Peninsula residents. In particular, the project seeks to increase participation by legal volunteers on projects that: (a) help local residents to lift themselves out of poverty by providing them with the legal counseling and access to resources that expands their education and employment opportunities; (b) assist working families to build, manage, and protect their financial assets; and (c) help preserve the stock of safe and affordable housing in East Palo Alto and neighboring communities. The VISTA project will (1) expand CLSEPA’s outreach to and recruitment of private attorneys on the Peninsula and at Silicon Valley law firms; (2) strengthen collaborations with neighboring universities and law schools to increase the pool of student volunteers; (3) develop outreach strategies and materials that expand resources to underserved populations (particularly limited-English proficient residents); and (4) identify and coordinate with community-based organizations that can host new legal workshops, clinics, and financial education/coaching programs.
Our project aims to expand our network of volunteer resources and the number of people volunteering with us, as well as improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of our volunteer engagement. This VISTA will work closely with our immigration office attorneys to design tools to increase efficiency and support complex cases; recruit, orient, coordinate and track volunteers to ensure they have the training and support to facilitate positive outcomes for everyone involved; and help implement our strategic plan by aligning our programmatic areas with our new mission to provide transformative legal services, developing evaluation metrics that focus on outcomes for clients, developing and strengthening partnerships with other organizations, and building our capacity to provide transformative services by gathering feedback from the community, expanding self-help resources, and piloting new opportunities for community members who have received services to help others in need.
Program Type: AmeriCorps Vista
Work Schedule: Full Time
Education Level: College graduate and above
Age Requirement: Must be older than 18
Location: 2117 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA, 94303Please email any questions to Brenda Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Full Time
- Fluency in English and Spanish