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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: 2222 cases opened from 7/1/2017-6/30/2018

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

Programs: legal advice, representation and education

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As an attorney in San Mateo County, it has been my honor andpleasure to serve the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. There are many members of our community who are in great need of legal assistance. The Legal Aid Society steps in to provide that representation when there is no one else. If our society is to survive and thrive, individuals accross the economic specturm must be able to access the institutions and processes that provide for peaceful resolution of disputes and for fair and orderly recognition of rights and duties. The Legal Aid Society is there to ensure the syetem is accessible to those individuals who would otherwise go without guidance and/or representation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an attorney who volunteers for Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, I have come to appreciate the quality with which this organization provides legal services to needy residents of San Mateo County. In the several months I have volunteered there, I have met many caring staff members helping the public in so many ways, and who are always willing to help volunteers like me as questions arise.
I have seen how Legal Aid's new office space in Redwood Shores provides a professional facility that sets needy persons at ease and gives them confidence, starting with dedicated off-street parking, a comfortable waiting area with amenities for children, and private offices that allow confidential consultation with Legal Aid attorneys and staff.
I have also enjoyed volunteering at the clinics run by Legal Aid to provide services in the community for the benefit of low-income tenants facing eviction.
In every way, my volunteer work has been so fulfilling because, with the support of the dedicated staff at Legal Aid, I have been able to help so many people so well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LSAMC serves a widely diverse community and serves many more than their staff should allow. They serve children to elder on issues. housing to DV. They set up matters in a way that makes the pro bono volunteer's work easy to start and are always there with a helping hand to keep things moving. Their training programs and staff are top notch. They are a great blessing to the penninsula region and their impact is felt far beyond the region by their coordination with other agencies statewide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo has a wonderful domestic violence restraining order clinic. This program is able to provide great training to pro bono attorneys and to quickly match them up with clients who need their services in navigating the legal system. At a recent hearing in San Mateo Superior Court, I met four other attorneys representing clients in obtaining restraining orders that morning. These attorneys were from both large and small firms, which shows that the clinic has a rich network. I look forward to working with this organization in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years now, I have been consistently WOWED by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. It offers such a diverse array of critical services -- FOR FREE -- to needy families in the community. It has been quite an honor to be able to volunteer with this great organization on occasion. Janet Seldon, the E.D., is particularly fantastic -- knowledgeable, smart, and caring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has an amazing staff of talented and devoted attorneys.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County provides legal services to the members of our community who are the most needy- the elderly, the homeless, the unemployed with children, the disabled- who simply cannot afford legal representation, and they provide these services at a high quality level. The attorneys and staff at Legal Aid are some of the most dedicated professionals you will find in a non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

Legal Aid is deeply rooted in San Mateo County legal community. It attracts the faithful support of lawyers because of the direct legal services it provides for the county citizens. The staff lawyers are respected not only for their sterling credentials but also because of their effective advocacy and concern for the least privileged in our community. Their collaboration with county government, health care professionals, and social workers is well-known. Sitting in their offices and clinics for even a few minutes brings home the fact that these lawyers are giving 100% to their clients. Their results are outstanding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

LASSMC is an award-winning, homegrown, 50 year old fixture in the community. Staff are top-notch professionals and wonderful human beings who care deeply about helping our clients overcome barriers to food, housing, safety and health care. We are a trusted advocate and collaborator with local government and non-profits in improving the lives of disadvantaged people in San Mateo County.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the few resources available to them, Legal Aid changes lives every day. They are a group of amazing lawyers and support staff who give their all to their low-income clients and are heros in the legal non-profit world.

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.