Posted December 16, 20219:55 am
On our website www.lasclev.org, every page has a banner with the options: “Get Help”, “Volunteer”, “Donate” and “Contact Us,” along with a search feature. If you are not sure where to look, enter a few key words in the search box and any related content will be listed for you.
The “Get Help” section provides information about all of Legal Aid’s services. Once you select a topic, scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find “Resources” such as frequently asked questions (FAQs), Self Help, and Brochures. The FAQs can be helpful for general concerns or queries. The self-help section provides help if you seek to act by yourself without the representation of a lawyer. If Legal Aid has brochures on your topic of interest, you’ll find them under “Brochures.” You can email requests for brochures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Aid also offers “Community Education” events – find these by clicking on the “Events” tab at the top of any page. Most are free and open to the public. You can also email email@example.com with any specific requests or questions.
Cleveland Legal Aid’s YouTube channel provides lots of similar content in video format! At youtube.com/legalaidcleveland, you’ll find FAQ videos.
We have a lot of FAQ videos available on our YouTube that can answer any quick questions, such as what to do if you receive a 3-day eviction notice. More information can always be found on our website, but these videos give the run-down of the most important factors to consider.
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Cleveland Public Library’s 2021 Facebook LIVE series features legal and “know your rights” information through interviews with our own Legal Aid attorneys, Cleveland librarians, and occasional special guests.
Provider trainings are virtual trainings that our attorneys have provided to other professionals who serve low-income populations. Topics include child-care, domestic abuse, and housing rights. You can find them here https://tinyurl.com/2021LegalAidTraining
We also have radio show recordings. Burten Bell Carr’s radio station, WOVU 95.9 FM, has partnered with Legal Aid to present a monthly radio called Life & The Law - Conversations About Your Rights. Legal Aid attorneys join Our Voices Today, WOVU’s signature community affairs program, for a conversation with host and Production Director T.C. Lewis. Topics have included education rights, housing law, domestic violence protections, and more. Check out Legal Aid’s YouTube Channel for past WOVU shows.
From the Legal Aid website, you can apply for free legal help by clicking on “Apply for Free Legal Help” at the bottom right corner of any page (in English or Spanish). You will then see “Contact Us.” Scroll down to “Apply Online” and click “Apply Now.” Then, a new page will open for you to start an application. If you apply online, a Legal Aid intake specialist will call you to finish the process.
If you need to leave the website discreetly and quickly to protect your safety, click on the small exit symbol at the center-right of the screen.
Written by Sanjana Kulkarni
This article was published in Legal Aid's newsletter, "The Alert" Volume 37, Issue 1, in Fall 2021. See full issue at this link: “The Alert” – Volume 37, Issue 1 – Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (lasclev.org).