Volunteers needed for

  • Magnitude dance party on Saturday, September 24 – registration coming soon
  • Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 25 – REGISTER HERE

“Folsom Street Events is proud to support Open Door Legal’s Direct Legal Services program ensures universal access to full scope legal representation in all areas of law for residents living in vulnerable neighborhoods such as Bayview/Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, and Sunnydale.”

 

Questions? Contact rose@opendoorlegal.org

Volunteer for Folsom Street Fair on September 25 to directly benefit BHPCL’s direct legal services!

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS FOR FOLSOM STREET FAIR ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE!

Click the big green register button to see all the shifts.

Folsom Street Fair is one of the biggest annual street fairs in SF and this year, we’ve been chosen as a beneficiary! This means Folsom Street Events will award us a portion of the proceeds from the fair and the events leading up the fair. Wahoo! As part of this partnership, we have to provide volunteers for 4-hour shifts for Folsom Street Fair and Magnitude Dance Party. If we meet or exceed our volunteering numbers, we will receive anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000!

YOU CAN HELP US MEET OUR VOLUNTEERING NUMBERS BY COVERING A 4-HOUR SHIFT!

The next events that we will need volunteers for are the Magnitude Dance Party on September 24 (registration coming soon) and Folsom Street Fair on September 25. Registration is now open for Folsom Street Fair. See shifts here.

As a volunteer, you get access to exclusive benefits available in Volunteer HQ at Folsom Street Fair. Once you check in at Volunteer HQ, you’ll have all of these delightful free perks waiting for you:

  • Coat and Clothes Check – leave your baggage, change of clothes, and motorcycle helmets with our friendly Coat and Clothes Check volunteers in Volunteer HQ, and be unencumbered throughout your shift and while you enjoy the fair before and after.
  • Hospitality Tent – we serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks as well as juice, water, and soda. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy one meal per shift, and unlimited snacks.
  • Lounge Area – located just outside of the Hospitality Tent, we’ve got a lounge area with tables, chairs, and shade, making it a great place to chill out before or after your shift.
  • No-wait Port-o-Potties – you’ll never wait in a long fair bathroom line again! As long as you’ve got your volunteer badge or access wristband, you’re welcome to use the port-o-potties located in Headquarters…no-wait and low-use, these are limited to use by volunteers and staff, which means they’re the cleanest ones around all day long!

You must also be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Capable of respect, kindness, and doing the best job you can do
  • OK with nudity and adult-themed expression (the events are alternative and sex-positive in nature)
  • Willing to complete an in-person training OR online training before the shift

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please fill out this brief form below:

[gravityform id=”47″ title=”true” description=”false”]

 

CITATIONS

1. American University, Key Studies and Data About How Legal Aid Improves Housing Outcomes https://www.american.edu/spa/jpo/toolkit/upload/housing-7-30-19.pdf

2. George Washington Law School, In Pursuit of Justice? Case Outcomes and the Delivery of Unbundled Legal Services https://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi

Ever since childhood, our co-founder Adrian has been dedicated to reducing poverty.

He studied systemic poverty in college and went to work in the field for a few years. Eventually, he had a thesis that legal aid was the most cost-effective way to address poverty in America. He wrote up a business plan and used it to apply to law school. 

The idea was to create the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation that ensures everyone can obtain timely, competent legal help for any legal issue, regardless of ability to pay. That had never been done before in the history of the United States.

In law school, he met Virginia, our Programs Director. Together, they co-founded the organization, two weeks after Adrian passed the bar.

When we opened we put a sign in the window, and with just that marketing and almost no other outreach we were overwhelmed with requests for help from people with good cases who had been turned away everywhere else.

Our first year we had revenue of $35,000. We would hand shred documents because a shredder was too expensive. Despite the financial challenges, we were able to work on over 280 cases in everything from housing law to family law to consumer law in the first year alone.

The hours were extreme, the pay was low, and the learning curve was steep. Still, we persisted. We knew that almost everyone we helped was not able to receive services anywhere else. Eventually, we attracted the interest of funders. We tripled our revenue for several years in a row. In 2015, we won the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, which enabled us to expand even more. In 2019, we secured additional funding from the city that allowed us to open two new centers in the Excelsior and Western Addition.

As of 2020, our staff has grown to 27 full-time employees. We’ve shown that universal access is possible. Now, we plan to scale city-wide, make San Francisco the first city in the country’s history to have universal access to legal help, and become a model for national replication.