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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

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in the Legal Aid Golf Classic in June and had an amazing time. It was well organized, great course, great food, great prizes, and the staff were very appreciative. I was fortunate enough to be able to play golf while also raise money for this great organization that really makes a difference. Hope to see more out there on the golf course next year!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be on the board of LASSMC. They have a fantastic staff and do terrific work in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to support San Mateo Legal Aid for the terrific work they do to help families in our community obtain the health care and other services to which they are entitled, and protect them from eviction or unsafe living conditions.

Donor

Rating: 5

In the legal field, the plight of the most disadvantaged among us has perhaps never been so in focus. Laws are constantly being passed to help protect those most at risk-- children, elderly, low income -- yet the cost to access our legal system to protect those rights has never been greater. The San Mateo Legal Aid Society serves an increasingly important role in helping those who need it most understand and assert their rights. They do an outstanding job of reaching out to the legal community to garner its involvement in providing needed access to legal representation. A very worthy nonprofit that serves the community well and deserves broad support.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am so happy to support Legal Aid’s mission of improving lives through access to the justice system. It's what makes our community a stronger place.

Donor

Rating: 5

•Without the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo county there would be thousands in our community who don’t have equal access to justice. Legal Aid helps to level the playing field and make access to justice a reality for everyone. I am happy to support such a worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 4

A friend who ended up in a homeless shelter for a variety of financial, physical and personal issues. This person was disabled and could not work. He had applied for early social security and denied 3 times.
It was only when Legal Aid of San Mateo County visited the homeless shelter and provided assistance to appeal the Social Security decision. This assistance including counseling and referring an attorney.
This friend did win the appeal, was able to leave the homeless shelter and move into his own place.
This person is in a safe home, receiving Medicare for his disability and in a much better place.

Thanks a bunch! Thank you Legal Aid for the great work!

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.