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Advocate for the Elderly

Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C., seniors by providing free legal and social work services to those in need — empowering, defending and protecting low-income seniors. 

As a volunteer, you can:

Work Alongside Dedicated Attorneys and Social Workers
Help LCE staff prevent eviction, foreclosure and homelessness; provide critically important services to homebound clients; protect against fraud; and help seniors obtain the benefits they deserve and need.

Offer Attorney Pro Bono Support
Your time will help LCE with a variety of legal issues and extend our reach to even more people who would otherwise go unrepresented.

Give Back to Your Community
Discover how rewarding it is — both personally and professionally — to share your talents.

Assist Medicare Beneficiaries
You will work with our Senior Medicare Patrol to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling and education.

Advocate for Long-Term Care Residents
You will work with LCE’s Office of the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman as a resource and advocate for people living in long-term facilities. 

Feel Good
Enjoy how it feels when you make a meaningful difference in a senior’s life.

Volunteer Roles

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have no in-person volunteer opportunities available at this time.  Please  explore these virtual opportunities to make a difference and volunteer safely from home.


Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteer

(Washington, D.C.)

Advocate for persons who reside in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes,and assisted living and community facilities by regularly visiting residents, monitoring conditions and care, and providing a voice for those unable to speak for themselves. You’ll also provide assistance with resident and family councils, community education and events.

Requirements:

  • Must take provided training
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: O. Lorena Ruiz or (202) 434-2190


Pro Bono Legal Volunteer

(Washington, D.C.)

Protect low-income, 60-plus residents by providing them with access to pro bono legal services that help ensure they receive public benefits (Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, etc.), prevent eviction or foreclosure, and more. You will help screen cases to ensure they have legal merit and are well developed before referring them to participating licensed attorneys.

Requirements:

  • Must be D.C.-licensed attorney in good standing

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: VLP@ aarp.org or call (202) 434-2120


Schedule H Volunteer

(Washington, D.C.)

Make a difference by assisting low-income individuals 60-plus to file the D.C. Schedule H Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit for up to $1,025 for property taxes or rent paid. You will meet with clients, review the Schedule H tax form, help gather the required documentation and assist with submitting the form.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Must take provided training
  • No legal skills required
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to caseload and volunteers currently in place
  • Need is highest in the spring, but volunteers are accepted year-round

To sign up, please contact: Megan McFeeley or call (202) 434-2043


Self-Help Office Volunteer

(Washington, D.C.)

Empower people 60-plus by providing them with self-help resources to protect their rights and well-being. You will assist clients with obtaining legal information, applying for public benefits, drafting consumer complaint letters, connecting with social service agencies, requesting vital records and more.

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Be comfortable with technology
  • No legal skills required
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

To sign up, please contact: Ashley Jones or call (202) 434-2196


Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer

(Washington, D.C.)

Empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuse. You’ll make an impact by performing administrative tasks, distributing helpful resources, staffing events, making group presentations, counseling beneficiaries directly and handling complex issues and referrals.

To sign up, please contact: Darnetta Adams or (202) 434-2099

Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Must take provided training
  • Must submit to a background check

Time/Frequency:

  • Varies according to level of involvement

Learn More About Legal Counsel for the Elderly

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