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
PARALEGAL WILLS CLINIC ASSISTANCE
SALSA requests assistance from the paralegal community to help provide representation to Spanish-speaking clients. We are looking for paralegals to assist with translation for these clients so that our volunteer attorneys can provide Wills, medical POAs, statutory durable POAs, declarations of guardianship, HIPAA releases, and physicians directives to qualifying clients seeking estate planning documents. All contact with the client occurs remotely. We match clients with volunteer attorneys throughout the month, and the volunteer, paralegal and client complete the documents together on a schedule that suits them. Instructions are provided for notarization of the documents.
Volunteers are provided training videos and sample forms for all documents that will be drafted for the client in advance of representation.
Learn more about how the Wills Clinic Volunteer process works by clicking HERE.
DON’T BULLY ME (DBM) PROJECT
The Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project was founded by David’s Legacy Foundation in honor of David Bartlett Molak, who took his own life after relentless bullying. The project bridges the gap between targets of bullying, their families, and the civil legal system. Volunteers will provide the family in crisis with information about community resources, David’s Law, to include the requirements in the Education Code for schools who are notified about bullying behavior, as well as the civil and criminal penalties for cyber-bullying. Volunteers will also assist with intake to SALSA’s program if it is a potential case to be placed with an attorney.
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.
PRO BONO PROTECTIVE ORDER PROJECT
We are no longer recruiting volunteers for the protective order project. If you are a current volunteer, you can see the program resources below.