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Say “yes!” to VIP today

Say “yes!” to VIP today

Each year, thousands of our Philadelphia neighbors face daunting legal challenges that impact basic needs and central relationships on their own and without legal counsel – all because they do not have the resources to hire an attorney.

Since 1981, VIP has connected tens of thousands of Philadelphians with volunteer attorneys who provide pro bono/no cost legal services to prevent homelessness, stabilize families, preserve income, and promote community economic development.

There are plenty of ways to volunteer

We offer volunteer opportunities for:

  • attorneys
  • speakers of other languages
  • court reporters
  • process servers
  • real estate appraisers
  • paralegals
  • and more!

You don’t need years of experience of specialized knowledge to help: our team will match you with a case that suits your experience, availability, and preferences.

Ways to Volunteer
 

When you volunteer with VIP, you:

  • Make a direct and powerful impact on our neighbors and neighborhoods

  • Expand access to justice

  • Forward one of the highest values of the legal profession

  • Participate in a proven model

 

You don’t need to take our word for it.

In late 2018, Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab published the results of its rigorous, multi-year evaluation of VIP’s volunteer model, which focused on divorce cases. The authors had this to say:

Philadelphia VIP’s divorce representation program was effective, spectacularly so. The program made a difference in its participants’ lives. There is little more to say.