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MLK Sustained Service Initiative

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Penn Law Sustained Service Initiative enables you to commit to a full semester of service in MLK’s honor. This year, TPIC has partnered with Ceiba, Latino Justice, and Esperanza College for a full semester of service opportunities.

Pro Bono Service Opportunities

It’s been more than three months, yet Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Countless residents remain without power. Outside of Florida and New York, Pennsylvania has the third largest population of evacuees. This year, Penn Law is dedicating its MLK Semester of Service to Puerto Rico Relief efforts. Help those who have been forced to leave their homes in Puerto Rico by assisting with claims for emergency benefits.

The Penn Law Sustained Service Initiative enables you to commit to a full semester of service in MLK’s honor. This year, TPIC has partnered with Ceiba, Latino Justice, and Esperanza College for a semester of service opportunities to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Maria.

You can help in two ways: (1) volunteer for a pop-up pro bono clinic and/or
(2) staff a telephone help line to assist evacuees with questions.

Pop-up Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinic
Saturday, January 20, 2018 l 10am-2pm
Esperanza College, 4261 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Details: Help Puerto Rican evacuees submit claims with FEMA and/or file FEMA Appeals in advance of the March 27th deadline.


Pop-up Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinic
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 I Time to be determined
Lancaster, PA

Details: Help Puerto Rican evacuees submit claims with FEMA and/or file FEMA Appeals in advance of the March 27th deadline.

Telephone Help Line
We are establishing a help line to answer questions about FEMA claims.
We seek students to staff the call center. Volunteer hours are flexible. 

If you are able to participate in any of the above events, please complete the registration.

Transportation will be provided! Yes, this work is likely NY Bar Pro Bono eligible!
 
***Prior experience or knowledge of FEMA matters are not needed as training will be provided.  While Spanish speakers are preferred, we anticipate that there is also a need for English speaking students. ***

MLK Day 2016

On January 18th, Penn Law students and staff traveled to Heavenly Hall, a community resource center at 40th and Poplar Streets, to kick off TPIC’s Sustained Service Initiative with a day of service. Volunteers brought books, toys, and art supplies generously donated by members of the Penn Law community and spent the morning repainting the center’s nursery alongside Philadelphians from across the city. Our profound thanks to all who donated, participated, and got a little messy in service to an essential community organization!