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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 the Free Library of Philadelphia and Heavenly Hall for a full semester of service opportunities.

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!

Pro Bono Service Opportunities

Throughout the Spring 2016 semester, TPIC is partnering with the Free Library’s Hotspot at Heavenly Hall to provide pro bono service focused on promoting economic justice. The Hotspot is an Internet hub maintained by the Free Library that is free and open to the public.

Each opportunity is eligible to satisfy both the Penn Law and the New York Bar pro bono requirements. 

Session 1
Criminal Records: Expungements and Pardons

Date: Friday, Feb. 12th, 3pm-6pm

Criminal records can be a major barrier to employment, severely and unfairly reducing economic opportunities for individuals who have already paid their debt to society.  In this session, you’ll help community members look up their criminal records, analyze them for convictions that are eligible for expungement or pardon, and set them on the path to clearing their records.

Session 2
Do you really own your home?

Date: Friday, Mar. 18, 3pm-6pm

Too many people in Philadelphia think they own the home they live in, but actually don’t for a variety of reasons including informal inheritance and undocumented family gifts.  Many titles are tangled, disputed, or just plain in someone else’s name.  Help participants search their title, diagnose ownership issues, and take the first steps towards clearing title to their greatest asset.

Session 3
Credit Scores: what they are, what they mean, and what you can do about yours

Date: Friday, Apr. 8, 3pm-6pm

One of the most misunderstood economic tools is a person’s credit score.  Too many people don’t know what their score is, how it affects them, or what they need to do to raise it.  While good credit can be a gateway to economic opportunity, bad credit can be a detriment so significant that it can impact employment. You will help participants look up their credit reports, analyze them, then begin to address issues that they need to resolve in order to raise their scores and gain access to increased economic opportunity.