Of course, the work of a receptionist at a non-profit legal clinic can be daunting. Often, the clients who come to the front window seeking aid are embroiled in high-stakes legal issues regarding their immigration status, impending Sheriff Sales on their homes, or an expungement that would finally allow them to get a job and thus support their family. Alicia does not view her position as wholly difficult though. In fact, she says, “Everyone tells me my job is so hard and I just keep thinking, ‘This is the best job I’ve ever had.’ I love it.” When she does encounter a difficult client, or someone who is in a dire situation and who might direct that fear or frustration towards her, Alicia turns to her faith. She takes a deep breath and says a prayer for patience and for the words necessary to help the person in front of her.Read More
This final month of spring, we considered our role in the community and the role of community in our lives. We learned about various problems such as vacant housing and veteran homelessness that are affecting Indianapolis, as well as the programs and organizations that are trying to combat such issues. To introduce the Legal Clinic more fully to the city, we hosted our first monthly community prayer meeting and the second annual Jazz for Justice event.Read More
This rainy month of April we spent time ruminating on how our faith compels us to acts of compassion. In lock-step with this theme, the Clinic's semiannual Refugee Adjustment Day* took place on April 25th. On that day, 24 volunteers from College Park Church (as part of their annual SERVE day), plus 9 additional volunteer attorneys, worked with our staff to help 62 immigrants apply for Legal Permanent Residence. All in one day!Read More
It is easy to understand how and why other people hurt—at least when they’re in your office, crumpled tissues in hand, the empathy flows. But sympathy and empathy alone can leave you in the realm of pitying people. And we have not been called to pity people. Our call is to "(a)dminister true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another” (Zechariah 7:9).Read More
Have you been trying to decide how to get more involved with your community, but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out with a humanitarian twist? Join us for our 2nd annual Jazz for Justice event, a night full of jazzy tunes and scrumptious food (we’re talking Cajun BBQ meatballs, roasted veggie platter, spinach-artichoke dip, and chocolate-covered strawberries!).Read More
“Compassion is loving others … I’ve learned one of the most important things is to just hear someone’s story. To stop, put your pencil down, because life is so busy and hard and complicated that people don’t give each other time.”Read More
She tells us she and her children survived everything that happened to them by the grace of God, and that she knew He would not let her travel so far from her home only to find despair.Read More
The Civil Legal Advice Line is beautiful in its simplicity: For those who live outside of the counties the Clinic serves with on-site intakes, clients can now call 1-877-230-7521 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. During this call, they can speak with an attorney and receive free legal information and advice.Read More
During our two-week run in #BFG15, #TeamJustice raised $18,656--all thanks to the support of our generous donors!Read More
“If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” — 1 John 3:17 (The Message) The Clinic takes this warning seriously. As such, we care deeply about Home. The generosity of our supporters shows that you, too, care deeply. It is written upon our hearts.Read More
Thank you for supporting #TeamJustice and helping low-income families receive free legal services by making a donation to Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. We may be out now, but during our tourney run this year, the Legal Clinic made $18,656! We couldn't have done it without your help!
Round 2 of Brackets-for-Good ends tonight, March 13 at 7:59:59 PM and we need your help to make it to Round 3! Please support #TeamJustice during #BFG15 by clicking the following link, selecting “Christian Legal” on the top line, and scrolling down: https://indianapolis.bracketsforgood.org/?somerset-division
Every dollar counts!
Round 1 of Brackets-for-Good ends on Friday, March 6 at 7:59:59 PM and we need your help to make it to Round 2! Please support #TeamJustice during #BFG15 by clicking the following link, selecting "Christian Legal" on the top line, and scrolling down: https://indianapolis.bracketsforgood.org/?somerset-divisionRead More
"As we express our gratitude. we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy
Greetings Volunteers & Partners!
Maybe you've heard about our awesome upcoming Justice For All Event, Celebrating 20 Years of Service to the Community. Well, if you haven't please check out the event page HERE and get your ticket today. We are hoping to see more of our volunteers at this year's event, so please take note of both the discounted volunteer pricing as well as the discounted student tickets for past and present interns and student volunteers. JFA 2014 will be an excellent event and fun opportunity to support the Clinic and meet others in the community who support the Clinic's mission.
Now to the main purpose of this post: We need your help! Can you take cases? Want to help out with a phone-a-thon survey day? Can you assist at our Project GRACE Help Desk? We need all the help we can get, so take a look at your schedules and consider volunteering this fall for some of these great opportunities to help the community.
As always, thank you again for your time and support!
Sincerely, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator
CASES- Please consider helping
6 Bankruptcy: We continue to have bankruptcies and need extra support! 1 Guardianship 1 Custody/Visitation 2 Divorce Cases from the Clinic's Victim Justice Project
INTAKES- in order of need. For information on locations please goHERE.
Aletheia Church*formerly Madison Avenue Baptist Church 1st and 3rd Thursday, 12pm-2pm Vida Nueva United Methodist– 1st Tuesday, 4pm-6pm La Plaza – 3rd Friday
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION Please be sure to go to the Upcoming Events page or to the Clinic’s website to learn more about our upcoming CLEs. Here’s a taste of what’s coming soon. Be sure to sign up and reserve your spot! CLEs are free for those who are Program Volunteer Attorneys.
October 24th: Project GRACE CLE Exoffender Reentry 8:30am-4:30pm, Sign Up HERE November 7th: Consumer Justice Tax Law CLE: Offers in Compromise 2pm-4pm @ Ice Miller LLP Sign Up HERE November 14th: Immigration CLE on Asylum 8:30am-4:30pm @ Fagre Baker Daniels Sign Up HERE December 5th: Victim Justice CLE 8:30am-4:30pm, Location Barnes & Thornburg LLP Sign Up HERE
ONE-DAY VOLUNTEER EVENTS FOR ATTORNEYSOctober 11th: DACA Day 9am-4pm @ the Clinic Register HERE
INTAKES La Plaza: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Go Herefor a list of our current fall internships!
Law Students, please also note your help is appreciated at our One-Day Event coming up:October 11th: DACA Day 9am-4pm @ the Clinic Register HERE
-PROJECT GRACE: Help Needed-
Phone Surveys: Project GRACE’s three main focus areas are familial, economic, and employment stability. We are looking for a volunteer to dedicate 2 hours per day over three separate days of your choice. A volunteer will conduct surveys via phone with clients whose case has been resolved.
Help Desk: We need volunteers willing to give 2 hours a week or more to the Pro Se Expungement Help Desk. Want to learn more about this opportunity? Contact Jessica Cooney: email@example.com
Brackets for Good began in 2012 when a couple NCAA March Madness fans decided to create an engaging way to help raise money for Indianapolis non-profits. They created an online bracket system that resembles the NCAA tournament. Starting with 8 organizations, they raised $32,000 for the organizations. In the 2nd year, they raised $85,000 for 16 organizations.
In 2014, there are 64 non-profit organizations that are set up in the bracket. One non-profit organization is paired up against another. The organization that raises the most money within the 1st round advances to the 2nd round. All money raised goes to the organization and there are prizes for winning the tournament. To find out more, here’s a link to a 60 second video about the competition [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jskPh8hBh_8]
The Clinic is participating in Brackets for Good this year and it all begins tomorrow night. As you can tell, our staff is dressed and ready for the competition. If we are going to progress to the next round, we need your help!
Here are the ways you can get involved:
1) Go check out our Fact Sheet HERE 2) Simply share an email about our organization & the tournament 3) Dress up in your sports jersey, snap a photo & share it on Facebook and Twitter, tag the Clinic, #BFG14 4) Like our Facebook & follow us on Twitter 5) Make a financial investment (between Feb 28th @ 8pm and March 7th @ 7:59pm) 6) Make a financial pledge to play your donation strategically
*As always, be sure to like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @NCLegalClinic *Keep your eyes out for ways to leverage your gifts through matching donations, mini contests, and more. *Please send any questions to Matt Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org