Interested in volunteering with Community Legal Services? Even if you are not an attorney or a law student, we can still use your talent and dedication. Your knowledge and experience inside the community that you live in can bring our advocates a deeper understanding of the communities we are serving. We need you!
Requirements for volunteering with CLS:
- A commitment to helping low-income persons;
- Excellent communication skills;
- An ability to work both independently and with a team;
- Respect for people of diverse cultures, communities, and backgrounds;
- Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks;
- Background check and orientation process.
We encourage volunteers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels to get involved. Check out our volunteer opportunities below.
Current volunteer opportunities list.
Professional services are an integral component of our work at CLS.
Paralegals interested in volunteering with CLS may support pro bono lawyers in their case work or assist clients with completing family law forms and pleadings or applications for sealing and expungement.
Our collaborative divorce project utilizes volunteer lawyers, mental health advocates and neutral financial professionals to assist clients in resolving their matter with respect, integrity, and cooperation.
Volunteer mediators support our clients with resolution of their legal issues and social workers help us understand the non-legal needs of our clients, how we can support them, and serve as connectors to services in the community.
Whether you are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or want to engage regularly with an ongoing project, we welcome you to the team!
CLS offers college students a variety of opportunities to expand their real-world understanding of legal aid, poverty populations, and social services provision within the communities we support.
Undergraduates have the opportunity to work directly with applicants to complete applications for assistance and screen them for eligibility. Or they can work in non-law units such as finance, communications, development, IT, or human resources.
Join CLS in your community! Gain valuable experience while supporting activities that help our communities.
Visit the CLS events calendar for upcoming legal clinics and events and sign-up to volunteer your time, talent, and energy to serve our communities.
You can help by:
- Registering attendees using CLS iPads;
- Working with applicants to help them complete an application online; or
- Providing general information about CLS services.
Your understanding and involvement in the your community – the communities we serve – can help us in significant ways and give you a lot to feel proud of.
All volunteers must complete an application , background check, and orientation process before arriving at the event.
Volunteer Fair Housing Tester
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking Fair Housing Testers to act as a home seeker to simulate housing transactions such as renting or purchasing a home for the purposes of gathering credible and objective information about housing market practices.
Responsibilities will include:
- Participating in real time telephone tours of rental housing including learning about available units, rental rates, and property amenities. Testers may also be required to testify about their test experience.
- Managing competing priorities, control time and content-sensitive projects within a flexible environment, and be articulate with polished writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Successfully completing Fair Housing Training program.
- Conducting test(s) in accordance with test assignment(s), instructions, and general testing guidelines.
- Reporting test experiences in a factual, accurate, objective, and complete manner.
- Maintaining communication with the Fair Housing Testing Coordinator throughout duration of testing investigation and submit all materials received during tests.
- Providing sworn statements and testimony in depositions, trials, and other legal proceedings as needed. Maintain Confidentiality about all testing activities.
- Ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.
- Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills.
- Must have access to internet and be computer literate using Word, Excel, Microsoft Suite, and Adobe PDF programs.
If interested, please email or call.
Email: [email protected]