In the nonprofit world, fundraising season is year around. Due to COVID, the past year has been difficult to fundraise. So, I am reaching out with a personal appeal for you to donate to my team with the SF AIDS Walk. With that said, I’m going to tell you why I chose the team I did, and then tell you about the agency in hopes that one — or both — may entice you to donate.
This year, I am choosing to join the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. I chose this team because they hold a dear place in my heart. In law school, I had the amazing opportunity to be a law clerk with them. During this time, I was able to work directly with clients, see cases all the way through, and get my feet wet in several areas of law.
Second, they brought me on as the Interim HIV Consumer Advocacy Project (HCAP) Advocate. Third, they brought me on as the full-time HCAP Advocate. During both of these stints, I was able to work with clients in a less legal, more social work way. I was able to make connections across the City, Marin County, and San Mateo County. I was also able to work on my writing and presentation skills.
If my personal appeal didn’t work, let me tell you about the agency. ALRP started in 1983 as a phone tree of volunteer attorneys that went out to do emergency wills during the height of the AIDS crisis. They have grown to a full time staff, law clerks, and over 500 panel attorneys in the SF Bay Area. They provide services in eviction prevention/defense, fair housing, rent board hearings, and other housing issues. They also help with social security, benefits, and insurance. They offer help with immigration cases. They do (one of my favorite activities) wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorneys for clients regardless of how much the person has. The HCAP program assists clients with getting into services and remaining in services in San Francisco, Marin County, and San Mateo County. Finally, they offer connections to panel attorneys for other areas of law.
If this has moved you, please use this link to donate to the ALRP team: https://sf.aidswalk.net/jeremytw.