Community Service Opportunities
Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
LSEM is a private, non-profit organization providing legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people in civil cases. Some of the areas addressed by the office include: domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness (including homeless adolescents), homeowners' mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration, access for children to appropriate educational services, and the volunteer lawyer program.
- Opportunities: legal interns needed for above departments; tasks include: client intake, drafting pleadings and motion, filing at courthouses, research, assisting with interviewing clients, setting court dates, case management, drafting financial agreements, investigation, and advocacy.
- Qualifications/Requirements: positions for all level students, some positions have preference for Rule 13, immigration unit prefers students who have had immigration class(es) and speak a second language; initial screening and then interview with attorney in desired unit; hour long orientation required
Community Service Opportunities
Doorways provides housing and support services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. It houses hundreds of people each month through its rent and utility subsidies, independent living facilities, and Supportive Housing Facility--the first and only licensed residential care facility for people with HIV/AIDS in Missouri.
- Opportunities: advocacy (accompany residents to social security or other agency to obtain needed information); serve as a witness for new residents during the admission process; assist with residential activities, letter writing, landscaping/gardening, graphic design, clerical/reception, field trips, public relations, newsletter publication, food delivery, public relations and special events.
- Qualifications/Requirements: interview, background check, brief training (approx. 3 hours), may take 2 weeks to one month before a volunteer starts, time commitment varies
St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA)
St. Louis Effort for AIDS provides education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease. Services include: Case Management, HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling, Peer Based Treatment Education, Workforce Re-entry, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), Mental Health Counseling, and Support Groups.
- Opportunities: Community Mobilization, Community Outreach & Education, Office/Receptionist, General Office Assistance, Friday Night Socials, Special Events, PAWS support volunteers
- Qualifications/Requirements: All EFA Volunteers, depending upon the department or event to which they are assigned, are required to have a current application and signed Statement of Confidentiality on file with the Volunteer Coordinator, participate in EFA Volunteer Training and Orientation within 60 days of the start of their assignment and are required to maintain HIPAA compliance during the duration of their time with EFA.
- Contact: Victor Little, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com or (314) 645-6451 ext. 227