Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Legal Resource Center coming to Brownsville! Volunteers Needed!

The Brownsville Community Justice Center will be opening its doors to a new Storefront Community Legal Resource Center. Residing at 519 Rockaway Ave., the Legal Resource Center will serve as an aid to the community to receive legal assistance in areas of child support, public benefits, work benefits, immigration, and much more! Despite the gains in the funding for civil legal services in recent years, the reality is that many New Yorkers have no one to turn to for help with civil justice problems. Requiring those in need to come to courthouses or downtown office complexes is an enormous barrier to receiving help with a range of legal problems. The Legal Resource Center will offer immediate assistance to low-income New Yorkers in the neighborhood in which they reside.

The Legal Resource Center is currently looking for volunteers to help assist residence with receiving the information or referrals needed for the issues they may be facing. Volunteers will be trained on a variety of topics they may come in contact with and be supervised by a Volunteer Coordinator and attorney. All volunteers will receive compensation for their time. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Jonathan Smith (jsmith@nycourts.gov) at 646-416-3661 or Erika McSwain (emcswain@nycourts.gov) at 347-404-9940. 

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