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August 12, 2019
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July 23, 2019
Job Title: Community Advocate, Immigration Project VOLS’ Mission:   Read more
June 27, 2019
June is Pride Month and VOLS is proud. At VOLS, we take pride in supporting the LGBTQ community in a variety of ways. This month, VOLS is proud to highlight the voices of queer New Yorkers from across our legal projects and what access to justice has meant to them.   Read more
June 27, 2019
Following is a case example that highlights the work of the VOLS Elderly Project to help New York’s low-income seniors to age in place. VOLS is pleased to expand our work with older veterans of military service, like Mr. Rivera, with support from the New York Community Trust. Note that “Mr. Rivera” is an alias name used for this blog post to protect privacy.   Read more
June 27, 2019
There are so many people who enable VOLS to help anchor the safety net available to low-income New Yorkers across our city. Read more
May 31, 2019
The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $10,000 to Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), to be used in support of their Elderly Project to serve New York City’s low-income seniors.   “For 35 years, VOLS has partnered with New York City’s legal and nonprofit community to help close the justice gap facing low-income New Yorkers. We are grateful to partner with The New York Bar Foundation to assist seniors and their loved ones to overcome legal problems that affect their ability to retain their housing," noted VOLS Elderly Project Director, Peter Kempner. "Our clinics, technical support, and life planning services are an integral part of an interconnected web of providers aimed at allowing New York City’s seniors to age in place and to live with dignity.”   Foundation grants assist non-profit organizations with essentials-of-life issues such as child support, consumer debt, housing, access to health care and education, and family matters such as domestic violence and family stability.    “The New York Bar Foundation has allocated nearly $700,000 in grants to more than 85 programs across New York significantly increasing the total dollar amount of grants over the past several years,” said Lucia Whisenand, chair of the Grant Review Committee.  “The issues we touch on are extensive and impact people in life changing ways.”   By raising awareness of the need for access to civil legal services and allocating resources to help meet these needs, the Foundation will help make access to justice a reality for New Yorkers and, thereby, enhance the understanding of and respect for the rule of law.    “Through our grant-making program we help improve access to justice by providing seed grants to innovative legal projects piloting new ways to help those in need,” adds June Castellano, Vice-chair of the Grant Review Committee.  “When you give to the Foundation you help make a difference across New York State.”   The New York Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the charitable arm of the New York State Bar Association.  Established in 1950, the Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can support its programs, go to www.tnybf.org or email Deborah Auspelmyer dauspelmyer@tnybf.org. Read more

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