Weekly News & Updates: 9/30/2014

"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

-Attorneys-

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

-Interpreters-

INTAKES La Plaza: 1st and 3rd Fridays

-Students-

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: jcooney@nclegalclinic.org

Weekly News & Updates: 5/20/2014

 We have so many fun things planned for the summer! Not only do we plan to fill up our offices again with 20 Summer Interns, we plan to celebrate our 20th Anniversary by doing some pretty awesome stuff.  To start things off we will be having a Tastings & Trivia night, Monday June 9th from 7pm to 9pm. Before that, go to one of the three great restaurants we have picked out in Fountain Square and have 20% of what you purchase donated to the Clinic. To get more details and to sign up GO HERE . And then come and join us Friday June 13th for a good old fashion night of fun at an Indianapolis Indians Baseball game. Last year we had a blast with those who could attend. Be sure to sign up again and don't miss out on the fireworks! To get your reduced-price tickets GO HERE.

Bring your friends and family to these events, the more the merrier. We love serving, doing justice and celebrating our mission and vision with you.

As always, please see our current needs below. We especially need help in the areas of Family Law and Bankruptcy Case Referrals, Interpreters and Attorneys at Intakes. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued time and support.

Sincerely, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Attorneys:5 Bankruptcy Cases need volunteer attorney support. 8 Family Law Cases, 4 Divorce, 1 Protective Order, 2 Custody and 1 Paternity case- all  family law case referrals are from our partnering service agencies.

Please consider taking a case referral in one of these areas, Bankruptcy and Family Law.

Intakes:

St. Vincent – 2nd Monday

Noblesville – 4th and 5th Thursday

Madison – 3rd Thursday

Vida Nueva – 1st Tuesday

*All Intake locations and times can be found here: http://www.nclegalclinic.org/IntakeSchedule.aspx

Interpreters: We are also looking for Spanish speaking volunteers who can assist as interpreters for volunteer attorney case referrals. This work can be done online or over the phone and is flexible enough for people who have busy schedules. Please consider helping out with your language skills. For more information contact Erin.

We are in need of Spanish language interpreter support at our intake locations. 2 hours a month, on a regular basis:

St. Vincent –All Mondays

La Plaza – 1st and 3rd Friday

Madison – All Thursdays

Noblesville – All Thursdays

Southeastern – 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Nehemiah - All Tuesdays

*All Intake locations and times can be found here: http://www.nclegalclinic.org/IntakeSchedule.aspx

PrayerPartners: Interested in joining us in prayer for our clients and partnering agencies? Email: ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Weekly News & Updates: 5/6/2014

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes." -St. Clement of Alexandra

Hello Volunteers and Happy May to you!

On April 26th the Clinic had another Refugee Adjustment Day where almost 30 volunteers came together to help our 50 refugee clients apply for an adjustment of status to obtain their green cards. It was a fun and exciting day filled with lots of positive energy and good work performed by awesome volunteers. It's days like our Refugee Adjustment Days that remind us at the Clinic how important and powerful it is to harness volunteer efforts and resources to help our clients in need. In just a few short hours we helped many people in a very important way.

Consider helping out with one of our current needs below and pass this along to anyone you think might want to become a volunteer with the Clinic. It's volunteers like you that make hope a possibility for many individuals in need in our community.

Sincerely, Erin Hougland Volunteer Coordinator ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Attorneys: 7 Bankruptcy Cases need volunteer attorney support. 2 Family Law Cases, 1 divorce and 1 child support case.

Please consider taking a case referral in one of these areas, Bankruptcy and Family Law.

Legal Students:Check out our Summer Internship positions and Apply Now!

Interpreters:We are also looking for Spanish speaking volunteers who can assist as interpreters for volunteer attorney case referrals. This work can be done online or over the phone and is flexible enough for people who have busy schedules. Please consider helping out with your second language skills. For more information contact Erin.

We are in need of Spanish language interpreter support at our intake locations. 2 hours a month, on a regular basis:

St. Vincent intake: Mondays from 4pm-6pm Shepherd Community Center: 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am-11am La Plaza: 1st & 3rd Fridays 2pm-4pm

Legal Assistants:Check out our Summer Internship positions and Apply Now!

PrayerPartners: Interested in joining us in praying for our clients and partnering agencies? Email ehougland@nclegalclinic.org

Meet Wills & Estates Volunteer Paralegal, Terry Anderson

Meet Terry, our Wills & Estates volunteer paralegal. Terry has been working with the Clinic as a volunteer paralegal since 2012. She works alongside Art Johnson, our volunteer staff attorney responsible for creating the Wills & Estates legal program at the Clinic. Terry is a mom, an educator,  a paralegal and one of our awesome volunteers.  After raising her son here in Indianapolis, Terry decided to go back to school to get her degree in education. Terry has been working in education for about ten years as a teacher's assistant and in 2009 went back to school again, this time to receive her paralegal certificate. Terry graduated with her paralegal studies certificate in June 2012 from IUPUI and began volunteering with the Clinic in October 2012.

Terry says she wanted a real experience as a paralegal and wished to gain more skills through hands-on work in the non-profit sector, which is why she reached out to the Clinic. Terry is passionate about making sure all people get what they need to live a full life and when asked what social justice means to her she said,  "Helping meet those needs for all individuals".

When I asked Terry what it was about the Clinic that kept her motivated to continue volunteering she said, "It's been such a great learning experience where I have been given real responsibility. I love working with Art and the clients we serve."

Terry said she'd love to talk to any individual interested in volunteering as a paralegal at the Clinic or in the community in general. If you'd like to talk to Terry, just email me, Erin at ehougland@nclegalclinic.org and I'll connect you to Terry.

In her free time Terry takes art classes at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple and is looking forward to a visit to England this summer to visit her son.

Terry, thanks for all your hard work and passion for helping individuals in need. Your loyalty to the Clinic and to the community we serve is inspiring.

Brackets for Good

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 mmeier@nclegalclinic.org