WHY DONATE LOCALLY?
We have great respect for many national organizations that protect individual rights. However, the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (VLP) has been doing that work right here in Western New York since 1982.
The NY Permanent Commission on Access to Justice concluded in its November 2016 Report to the Chief Judge of the State of New York that “Civil Legal Services Funding Provides Substantial Economic Benefits to New York State and a Return of $10 for Every $1 of Funding” (at page 7). VLP’s own data has shown this to be true. In addition, dollars donated to VLP not only help support the work of our dedicated staff, they also support our coordination of hundreds of local volunteer attorneys who donate their time and talent to assist VLP clients. So, the dollars donated to VLP go even further.
Here in Western New York, we have a long tradition of helping our neighbors in need in our community. Please donate now to help VLP to continue that important work. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please donate locally today.
REAL TESTIMONIALS FROM VLP CLIENTS
“[Volunteer attorney] is a great lawyer and very dedicated to his clients. He makes sure his clients come out on top. Don’t know what I would have done without him, and I’m thankful that I didn’t have to find out. Thank you.”
“[Volunteer attorney] was a wonderful attorney. She stood up in the courtroom and fought as if she were me! We were in the right and the other party withdrew their petition.”
“I can’t thank [volunteer attorney] and VLP enough, it’s humbling to reach out for help and [volunteer attorney] through a voluntary basis, treated me like his most important client, he’s the master of his craft and an even better person.”
“…both times represented by [staff attorney] she went above and beyond to explain everything fully…and explored all options. Love her!”
“After the loss of my mom who I adored and the subsequent anxiety of losing my home, when I met [volunteer attorney], was the first time I could breathe again.”
“Brought me closure.”
“It allows me to continue going to school, continue working and have a better life here.”
“It got me out of those courtrooms so I could live again.”
“I wouldn’t have been able to win my case without this representation and would have had to pay back UI benefits.”
“I’m so glad we found you because without you I wouldn’t be here with my mom and family.”
“Gave a voluntary basis, treated me fairly and gave me an opportunity for a new start.“
Click here for more examples of real cases where VLP has helped local people.