An astounding 40,000 people living in MetroWest are considered impoverished, many of whom come to us looking for help with their legal problems. Sadly, three out of five of these individuals are turned away. With only one legal services attorney for every 3,300 eligible persons, we simply don’t have enough resources to go around. Because we don’t charge for our services, we must rely upon others- legal professionals, the community - to support us by donating time and money to our organization.
How you can help:
Become a member of our PRIVATE BAR INVOLVEMENT (PBI) PROGRAM
We rely upon the talent and good will of our panel of 225 attorney volunteers to provide pro bono assistance to our clients in high priority areas. Our pro bono panel handles nearly 300 cases a year, providing over 1,500 hours of legal advice and/or representation for our clients. Attorney volunteers receive the training and support necessary to provide high quality representation in priority areas, such as family law and bankruptcy.
Thank you to all 2010 PBI volunteers who gave so generously of their time last year. Their invaluable work included accepting cases, staffing Lawyer for the Day and presenting at educational programs.
Join our FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
While the Campaign’s primary focus is the legal community, everyone has a stake in guaranteeing access to the justice system. Thus the Campaign Committee encourages the community as a whole to become involved. Raising funds from attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and individuals is critical to the Campaign’s success, and represents nearly 10% of our overall funding.
Participate in the NANCY KING MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Every spring since 1998, attorneys, community leaders and friends gather to play in MetroWest Legal Services' annual golf tournament, held at the Framingham Country Club. The Campaign Committee's goal of $50,000 is often met thanks to generous sponsorships from individuals, corporations and law firms. In 2009, the Framingham Co-operative Bank Charitable Foundation increased their sponsorship level to headline the tournament as our Presenting Sponsor. Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, has supported the tournament for over ten years as our Platinum Sponsor. The tournament was renamed in 2008 in memory of MWLS executive director Nancy King. Sponsorships play a key role in the tournament’s success. Please consider becoming involved in next year’s tournament as a sponsor or as a participant.
Gain poverty law experience in our LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Legal interns play a key role in supporting our organization. Depending on level of interest and experience, an intern might participate in client interviews and case investigations, draft pleadings, memoranda and briefs, provide direct representation at administrative hearings and court representation, and conduct legal research.