Cheers for Charity is our series of weekly fundraisers for non-profit organizations, both local and national. Come by and have some good cocktails for a good cause. 20% of sales will be donated.
This week’s organization is Southeast Louisiana Legal Service.
Twenty-two parishes. Six offices. 70+ attorneys, staff and volunteers.
SLLS is Louisiana’s largest provider of free civil legal aid.
SLLS serves half of Louisiana’s low-income people. In many areas of our 22-parish service area SLLS is the only organization that can help. In 2012 SLLS topped 10,000 new requests for legal help, a record for the program.
For our clients, having an SLLS lawyer can prevent loss of family, food, shelter, income, medical care, or personal safety. In 2013 we helped 1142 domestic violence victims seek safety, and 586 people with disabilities. A recent study showed that our work nets nearly $36 million in benefits for our clients each year. To recognize this contribution, the American Bar Association presented SLLS with its 2012 Hodson Award for public service.
SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. Back then, SLLS gave legal help to poor people in five north shore parishes. In 2003 SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, which served the greater New Orleans area since 1967. The service area grew to 10 Louisiana Parishes. In recent years SLLS more than doubled its footprint with 12 new parishes. The program now serves greater Baton Rouge, Houma and their adjacent communities.