SALSA offers volunteer opportunities for non-attorney volunteers seeking to give their time to support legal efforts that benefit indigent, vulnerable and at-risk members of our community. SALSA works with other non-profits in San Antonio to identify gaps in coverage that are ideal for volunteers to fill.
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
PRO BONO PROTECTIVE ORDER PROJECT
SALSA and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) have recently launched the Pro Bono Protective Order Project. SALSA is recruiting attorney and non-attorney volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking with obtaining protective orders.
There has been an increase in domestic violence incidents and homicides in our community in recent history, but this problem has only worsened due to the isolation victims are experiencing because of restrictions implemented during COVID-19. By volunteering with our pro bono project, you can help victims of domestic violence escape a dangerous situation and keep themselves and their children safe.
Non-attorney volunteers are needed to assist with conducting trauma-informed interviews of potential clients and can also be a source of on-going support, if they choose, by providing court accompaniment and a listening ear throughout the process.
No prior interviewing experience is necessary – we will provide training and other support to ensure that you feel equipped to assist and be available to answer any questions that may arise. At this time, all volunteer assistance is being provided remotely to maximize participant safety during the pandemic.
COURT MONITOR PROGRAM
SALSA and Caritas Legal Services are partnering to serve the San Antonio community through Catholic Charities’ Court Monitor Program. Volunteer court monitors are needed to visit individuals who have been placed under a court-mandated guardianship due to physical and/or mental disabilities.
Visits may be completed virtually or in-person, and volunteers will report to the Court on the safety and well-being of the client, as well as their living environment. Volunteers will have the opportunity to report on matters that may otherwise be overlooked, such as signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (ANE), reporting in those instances when it is believed to have occurred. This not only assists the Court with determining whether guardianship is still appropriate, but helps maintain a safe and healthy environment for those who so desperately need it.
Volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis and must first complete the required trainings and clear a background check prior to volunteering. If you are a student interested in doing guardianship work as a career, if you are in need of community service hours, or if you are an individual who simply wants to help protect a vulnerable population, we’d love to have you volunteer.