Volunteer

Mission
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and eliminate abuse, neglect and discrimination of people with disabilities through zealous and uncompromising legal advocacy and representation.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising or Grant Writing
The disAbility Law Center is always looking for new opportunities to access funding for our work and welcomes people who are interested in researching and writing grants. Perhaps you prefer behind-the-scenes activities such as writing thank you letters or collecting items for our silent auction.

Helping out at Events
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia participates in and presents numerous events throughout the year. Volunteers increase our ability to share information about disability rights to communities across the state. Activities might include staffing a dLCV table at conferences where you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with people in the disability community.

Administrative and More
Are you experienced in Microsoft Suite—Word, Excel, Publisher, Access and PowerPoint? Do you know graphic designing? Administrative support comes in a variety of clerical, secretarial, and general assistance duties. Tasks may also include editing and proofreading documents, assisting with a mass mailing, assembling board packets or informational packets. There may be a need for someone to come in to cover the front desk by answering the phones and greeting visitors, often on short notice. There may be an opportunity to participate in one of our live recordings!

Community Visits
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia is committed to promoting community integration for all Virginians. Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit sites in the community that provide services to people with disabilities, such as group homes or employment programs, where you will interact with individuals. Come support our efforts!

Orientation and Training Provided

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are these opportunities located?

dLCV’s main office is located in Richmond, Virginia, and we are in need of individuals across the state.  People with disabilities live everywhere in Virginia, so we welcome the help of volunteers outside the bigger metropolitan areas.

  • Will I get any help and training when I begin?

Yes. You will be required to participate in an orientation and training session. Additional training provided for those volunteers interested in provider community visits.

  • How much time and resources will it take?

We welcome all volunteers. Ideally, we are interested in a commitment of at least 4 hours per month over a 12 month period.

  • Is there financial contribution expected or reimbursement available?

In general, we cannot reimburse volunteers outside of travel expenses.

  • Do I have to be a lawyer?

No. We welcome volunteers of all kinds.  We encourage individuals with disabilities and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

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