PPA is committed to strengthening our community by volunteering our time to assist attorneys and/or other legal service providers in pro bono activities, as well as participating in a number of community service projects.
Annual Pro Bono Service Projects
In 2013, PPA partnered with the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division and attorney Jennifer Ashburn to serve as volunteers at their annual Wills Clinic. In 2013, PPA members were able to volunteer their time and service to the Sumter, Orangeburg and Richland County Wills Clinics. Members served as witnesses and notaries during the clinic along with other requested assistance from the attendeees and YLD.
Annual Community Service Projects
Each spring, PPA collects Easter baskets and monetary donations in order to assist in providing baskets for several local children's homes, including Epworth Children's Home, Carolina Children's Home, and the Department of Mental Health.
Each fall, PPA collects canned goods and monetary donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
50 Shades of Pink
October is breast cancer awareness month and PPA understands the importance of awareness and early detection. Therefore, in 2013 PPA hosted its first annual 50 Shades of Pink after work social for attorneys, paralegals, legal support staff, law students and paralegal students from Midlands, South University and USC. This event had a dual purpose of raising awareness among the legal community as well as to raise funds for the annual Palmetto Health Walk for Life.
2013 50 Shades of Pink Honoree:
Wendy James, Paralegal with City of Columbia
South Carolina Legal Services
South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. SCLS is a non-profit corporation, funded by grants from the federally funded Legal Services Corporation, the South Carolina Bar Foundation, the South Carolina Bar, local United Ways, state court filing fees, and other federal, state and local funding.
To learn more about about South Carolina Legal Services and any volunteer opportunities, please visit their website at http://www.sclegal.org/.
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center is dedicated to advocacy for low income people in South Carolina to effect systemic change by acting in and through the courts, legislature, administrative agencies, community and the media, and helping others do the same through education, training and co-counseling.
To learn more about SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center and any volunteer opportunities, please visit their website http://www.scjustice.org/.