The East Bay Community Law Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and welcomes participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about local legal services. If you are interested in any aspect of the Volunteer Program described below, please contact the noted individual or email us at .
Volunteers assist staff with office clerical projects and special projects as the need arises. They receive training in general office management as well as an introduction to the East Bay Community Law Center and how our services are provided. Special projects may include assisting with basic legal research, project and program evaluation, and fundraising mailings.
Paralegals and paralegal students enrolled in a paralegal training program at an educational institution in the Bay Area may be eligible to volunteer with EBCLC’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic, which runs a General Legal Clinic twice a week. The Neighborhood Justice Clinic serves clients who are representing themselves on a wide range of legal issues, such as consumer law, small claims cases, and citation defense. The clinic’s clients include many homeless and mentally ill persons. Students receive training to assist with general office and client advocacy services. Contact NJC Program Coordinator, Mari Castaldi, .
Tax Preparation (This program is currently inactive; please check back for updated information in Fall 2010.)
During tax season (January-April) volunteers can participate in the Alameda County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. Volunteers make a minimum commitment of 20 hours during tax season and receive training on how to prepare simple tax returns for low-income individuals and families in Alameda County.
Volunteers who wish to complete community service at EBCLC as part of a criminal or traffic citation should contact Project 22 through the Berkeley or Oakland court system for a referral to our agency.