Join LSSP in a community-wide collaboration for good.
Today, on the final day of the #GivingTuesdayCLT celebration, we invite you to join Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, SHARE Charlotte and 107 other local nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayCLT, a community-wide collaboration for the good of our neighbors!
Give justice today by giving a gift – money, time, supplies – to support Access to Justice in our community.
Who is your gift for?
When Dorothy became a victim of identity theft, a LSSP attorney helped her save her home and livelihood.
Why give justice?
Mark Merritt, LSSP board member & attorney at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., has been a lead supporter of LSSP for 30 years.
P.S. Any financial gift given today will be partially matched with $50,000 in matching funds donated to the #GivingTuesdayCLT collaboration of Charlotte nonprofits by the Knight Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Reemprise Fund and presenting sponsor Google Fiber.
Beginning January 1, 2016, childless, non-disabled adults living in 23 N.C. counties, including Mecklenburg, will be limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they are not able to find work, volunteer or job training activities totaling at least 20 hours per week. These same changes are coming to the rest of North Carolina by July 2016. This means that thousands of Mecklenburg County’s poorest residents will be cut off from SNAP early next year. Research suggests that many of those cut off face serious hardship, with some being on the brink of homelessness.
The availability of a safety net affects us all. The return of the SNAP time limit means food banks and pantries will see increased demand, shelters may see an increase in need as people skip rent to put food on the table, and medical providers may see more of their most vulnerable patients forgo medications to buy food, especially since our state government declined Medicaid expansion.
The SNAP time limit is complex and challenging to administer. We remain committed to working with other stakeholders to ensure these changes are implemented fairly and accurately, and that those who are either working or exempt are not wrongfully denied. As always, individuals facing obstacles accessing food stamps or other benefits are invited to contact us.
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont is excited to invite you to participate in the global #GivingTuesday movement on December 1! Join LSSP, SHARE Charlotte and 107 other local nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayCLT, a community-wide collaboration for the good of our neighbors!
Between now and December 1, we’re asking Charlotte and beyond to give justice by giving a gift – money, time, supplies – to support Access to Justice. Supporting the Access to Justice Campaign means giving justice to those who need it most, people in our community who are survivors of violence, families in need and our veterans. You can give them the critical legal assistance they need to access security and opportunity by joining LSSP for #GivingTuesdayCLT.
As a bonus, any financial gift given between now and December 1 will be partially matched with $50,000 in matching funds donated to the #GivingTuesdayCLT collaboration of Charlotte nonprofits by the Knight Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Reemprise Fund and presenting sponsor Google Fiber.
And if you give a gift of $1,000 or more between now and December 1, you’ll be included in our Leadership Donors List publicized in December!
As a legal aid nonprofit, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont employs many public service attorneys who rely on programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to support them in the work that they are passionate about, like representing children in immigration court, helping people access vital health care and protecting people from scams and wage theft. Several LSSP attorneys shared why preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is critical to public service attorneys, like themselves, who rely on it to serve people in need of vital legal help. Listen to their stories below:
The Service Member Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and a variety of other laws offer special protections to current service members. In recognition of some of these protections, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts recently prepared form AOC-G-250 to allow for the submission of evidence on military status when required by law. Specifically, an inquiry into military service should be made when a default judgment becomes a potential issue in a civil case because additional protections apply to current service members. There may be reasons to submit this information earlier. Some of the protections that can be provided to current service members include:
postponing a civil case to prevent interference with military duties,
What can civil legal aid attorneys do for the health of a community? A lot, through innovative medical-legal partnerships with local healthcare providers. Read this great article on how legal aid attorneys can support cancer patients when they face serious legal challenges, like coverage issues, foreclosure and end-of-life planning, that can be devastating to patients and their families if not addressed.
Yesterday, the Americans with Disabilities Act saw a big anniversary, signed into law 25 years ago with the vision of ensuring people with disabilities “the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.” We at LSSP work to ensure that people living with disabilities in our community are empowered to live full lives on their own terms and receive the vital care they need to do so.
Join LSSP in a Charlotte-wide initiative July 13-26 to help local nonprofits meet the needs of our community.
This summer, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont has partnered with #summershareCLT to inspire neighbors to help address the needs of our community during a tough time of the year for many nonprofits. While the needs of their clients and programs may rise in the summer, giving is often down. You can participate by visiting www.summershareCLT.org and making an in-kind or monetary donation to support LSSP’s mission of ensuring a full measure of justice for those in need.
Running today until July 26, #summershareCLT only lasts two weeks, so visit www.summershareCLT.orgnow to make a donation or purchase an item from LSSP’s Amazon Wish List. Then spread the word and encourage friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to join you in supporting us and the entire nonprofit community.
Give to support Access to Justice in our community.
We’re asking Charlotte and beyond to consider supporting Access to Justice for #summershareCLT. By giving an in-kind or monetary donation, you’re helping us serve domestic violence survivors in search of safety, disabled children in need of medical care and families in danger of homelessness.
Watch our videos to learn more about our needs this summer:
Yesterday, the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published for public comment proposed changes to the “public charge” rules that will effectively overhaul our nation’s immigration system to restrict immigration access based on income. The proposed rules target immigrants legally seeking permanent resident status in the U.S. forcing them to choose between family unity …
Proposed Changes Will Hurt Families, Communities This week, the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will release proposed regulations that will drastically change the “public charge” rules that apply to immigrants legally seeking permanent resident status in the U.S. If the proposed rule is finalized, this change would be a dangerous departure from policies …
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