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Get Involved with Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Since LCE opened its doors in 1975, volunteers have worked side-by-side with LCE staff making significant contributions to improving the quality of life for low income DC elders.

LCE's staff and volunteers assist more than 6,000 elders each year with monetary benefits totaling more than $20 million, and its invaluable volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours of legal and social work services a year.

The success of LCE and its volunteer programs is a result of several factors. LCE welcomes volunteers and values their contributions in critical aspects of its service to seniors. In addition, LCE provides volunteers with opportunities for direct interaction with clients, often in dire need, and they assist with problems involving basic life essentials such as housing, wills, power of attorney and consumer issues.

Explore the many opportunities LCE has for people with legal and non-legal backgrounds, law students, social services students and pro bono law firms.

Become a volunteer today! Fill out a volunteer application.

Featured LCE Programs

Self Help Office (SHO) 
LCE’s Self Help Office (SHO) empowers seniors through advocacy and community partnerships. A legal associate and volunteers provide direct assistance at six DC locations, helping more than 300 seniors each year. Services include letter writing, completing applications to obtain certain benefits, preparing complaint forms, and more.

The volunteer may assist clients with obtaining legal information, self-help guides, public benefits checkups, help with applications for public benefits, drafting consumer complaint letters, referrals to social service agencies, assistance filing small claims cases, and/or information on requests for vital records. Contact Janay Todd, jtodd@aarp.org.

Homebound Elderly Project (Project HELP) 
Project HELP provides critical legal assistance and advocacy to some of the most vulnerable seniors living in our community - those that are homebound. Project HELP utilizes a full-time staff attorney, para-professional support, volunteers, and a cadre of volunteer (pro bono) attorneys from private law firms and government organizations. Services include drafting or reviewing legal documents that seniors may need, such as powers of attorney or wills; analyzing housing situations concerning landlord problems or consumer problems or, in the case of homeowners, any problems with home repair, predatory lending or deed fraud; and more.

Volunteers who can serve as witnesses are particularly needed; as many clients wish to execute estate-planning documents. You must have your own transportation or leave with us from AARP. Scheduling is flexible. If interested, please contact Catherine Yourougou at cyourougou@aarp.org.

Schedule H Tax Credit Project 
Schedule H assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a complete tax return with filing for the DC Schedule H Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit for up to $1025 for property taxes or rent paid. Staff and volunteers meet with clients, in LCE’s office or at pro bono clinics, to review the Schedule H tax form and the documentation needed; and assist clients with submitting the form to the Office of Tax Revenue. Schedule H welcomes volunteers all year long, but the most need is in the spring, and availability will vary depending on caseload and volunteers already in place. Contact Bryony Coiner at bcoiner@aarp.org.

Additional Opportunities
Many LCE programs offer unique volunteer opportunities. Please feel free to contact Janay Todd, jtodd@aarp.org.

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Championing for the Rights of DC Elders

For more than 40 years, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has championed the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. elders by providing free legal and social work services to those in need — empowering, defending and protecting.

To get started as a volunteer, fill out a volunteer application.



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