Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
More than 30 years ago, prominent leaders in Atlanta’s legal community, including the presidents of the Atlanta Bar and the ACYL, created the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to meet the legal needs of working and poor families in Atlanta who could not afford to hire lawyers to meet their most basic needs. Today, AVLF continues to tap the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteer legal professionals to provide free legal services to those low-income families where no other resources exist. AVLF accomplishes this mission through four core volunteer programs and several smaller ones designed to support the core effort. AVLF’s major programs are (1) The Saturday Lawyer Program, (2) The Domestic Violence Safe Families Office, (3) The Guardian ad Litem Program and (4) The Eviction Defense Project. Through these programs, AVLF’s staff and volunteers have two primary goals: (a) to promote freedom from violence and fear and (b) to advocate for the economic and housing security of low-income families and children.
But these are challenging times: The demand for our services has increased dramatically each year since 2008. There are many, many more families who need our help now than there were just a few years ago. Indeed, the number of poor people in Atlanta had increased by 90.5% in the past 10 years. Each year, more than 15,000 potential clients contact our office for help. Over 4,000 of these individuals receive legal advice or representation from our staff or from the 400-600 annual attorney volunteers and law students who work with us.
By donating to AVLF, you make it possible for us to reach those families who would otherwise stand alone in their search for legal protection and justice, even when their very safety or shelter is at stake.