January 27, 2020
Legal Aid of West Virginia has several ways we help vulnerable people seek access to justice- by providing direct advocacy and developing resources to help people go to court on their own. To help us with our mission, Legal Aid recruits the service of AmeriCorps volunteers.
AmeriCorps is a national service program, made up of three primary programs, to tackle poverty, increase civic engagement, and improving lives. AmeriCorps proves beneficial to both the community and the volunteers, as AmeriCorps service teaches the value of public service.
Legal Aid has a few AmeriCorps members on board this year. One member, Reiley Clark, is focusing on community outreach and developing public resources. The goal of Reiley’s VISTA program is to build the capacity of Legal Aid of West Virginia to increase access to legal help for low income persons across West Virginia through the development of online legal information videos and expansion of available written legal information and self-help forms, all to enhance the client’s ability to resolve legal problems impacting their basic human needs.
Reiley has been working on several projects to increase access to legal information. A couple videos she has developed have already been published on Legal Aid’s YouTube channel. One video introduces people to what exactly Legal Aid does and how it accomplishes those goals. Another video helps clients understand what to expect when they go to court in West Virginia. With lots of upcoming projects still left while Reiley is serving at Legal Aid, we hope that our clients will find these resources helpful and beneficial.