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Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s vision is for every person to have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education and freedom from violence and abuse. We strive to empower people to overcome the causes and effects of poverty so they can participate in their community with dignity and respect. We seek to remove barriers related to poverty, disability, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status through community education, legal representation, systemic advocacy and collaboration with community partners.

Results: Since our founding hundreds of thousands of vulnerable and low income families have been able to stay in affordable homes and/or overcome food insecurity; children have been able to access health care coverage and medical care; adult, teen and senior survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse have been able to stabilize their lives and live in safety.

Target demographics: fight social injustice for people living in poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2309 clients from 7/1/2016-6/30/2017

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

Programs: legal advice, representation and education

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67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is truly an exceptional organization that cares about doing the right thing and helping those that are in need. Through its great great staff and volunteers, this organization makes a difference in the lives of many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding nonprofit that provides exceptional legal services to the underserved in our community. The highly trained staff works tirelessly on behalf of their clients to make a difference in their clients' lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is exceptional in all respects. It serves a fundamental function in today's society, largely ensuring that an under-represented (if not un-represented) segment of society has access to effective legal resources. The staff includes young lawyers trained at some of the best law schools in the country, many of whom gained invaluable experience at leading law firms in Silicon Valley. Legal Aid steps up....all the time. With more organizations like Legal Aid, the world would be a much better place for all.