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VIP is turning forty this year! Click here to see how we're celebrating.
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VIP Turns Forty

In 2021, VIP marks forty years of community empowerment through our volunteer-based service model. Our volunteers expand access to justice and empower Philadelphians living in poverty to overcome legal threats to their well-being and thrive in their communities.

In our first forty years, thousands of VIP volunteers have provided free legal services to over 20,000 of our Philadelphia neighbors, small businesses, and nonprofits.

 

Bridging the Civil Justice Gap

In 1981, a group of service-minded lawyers founded Philadelphia VIP in response to a community crisis. When federal funding for legal aid dried up, Philadelphia attorneys mobilized to meet the ever-growing demand for free legal services through volunteerism.

Much has changed in our city and the world since 1981, but one thing remains constant: VIP continues its critical work of empowering Philadelphians living in poverty, small businesses and nonprofits seeking legal services, and volunteer attorneys seeking to help their community.

Celebrate With Us

Please connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook to stay in touch with us as we plan our celebration. We’ll also share fortieth anniversary news and stories from the vault periodically through our email list and on our blog, linked below.

Our anniversary year will culminate in a celebration of VIP’s work next spring. Please join us!