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Prairie State Legal Services Community Impact Project
Prairie State Legal Services is a civil legal aid program serving low income persons in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois from 11 service offices. Prairie State has provided free legal aid services for more than 40 years. The organization has a staff of more than 125 attorneys, paralegals, intake specialists, support and administrators. Our services focus on helping low income persons to overcome legal problems that are a barrier to meeting their basic human needs such as domestic violence, evictions, mortgage foreclosures, denials of needs based public benefits, utility shut-offs and related issues. Prairie State offers its services through our local offices, telephone helplines, court-house based clinics, community-based clinics and outreach sites. Prairie State is the only legal aid program in the majority of its service area and because of this, PSLS works hard to expand services via hundreds of volunteer attorneys and through legal education and outreach efforts to community organizations and agencies serving the client populations. We also seek to help community members to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and to resolve some legal problems on their own. Prairie State has operated VISTA projects for several years and we are recruiting persons to continue these efforts. Past VISTAs have established courthouse based help desks where volunteers provide struggling homeowners facing foreclosure with information about the foreclosure process and their options, created successful public benefits outreach efforts, and created volunteer lawyer projects for targeted services. VISTAs bring their creativity, enthusiasm, and skills to their work with Prairie State and the organization offers training, professional development, a collaborative working environment, and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the community. For information about Prairie State visit our website at,
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Prairie State offers several VISTA opportunities: 1.Elder/Disability Outreach and Support Services Project will identify and coordinate communication, develop/implement outreach, and develop model to improve services for Elderly/disabled persons. This position requires a college degree. 2.Veterans Legal Services Development Project will conduct outreach to veterans,develop resource materials. Veteran are encouraged to apply. 3.The Community Education and Outreach Project will conduct outreach to help low income people overcome legal barriers to financial & housing stability. High school diploma/GED required, prefer college degree. 4. Disability assistance project coordinator helps persons with serious disabilities qualify for benefits by coordinating the efforts of volunteers. College degree required. All positions require excellent organizational/communication skills, a valid driver’s license and access to a car preferred.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Housing ,  Technology ,  Homelessness ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Veterans . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Urban Planning ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Law ,  Community Organization . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Prairie State Legal Services Community Impact Project

Program Start/End Date
12/02/2020  -   12/31/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  12/02/2020  To  12/31/2021 

Contact Walsh Gail
303 N Main St
Rockford   IL   61101

Listing ID 58754


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