Volunteer Lawyers
for the Poor Foundation


Pandemic driven job losses have had a catastrophic impact on low-income families in our community. Many are lower wage workers in the service industries that bore the brunt of the job losses. Without income, and having exhausting their savings, they are now at risk of being evicted and becoming homeless.

One VLP client, Ms. Adams, found herself in this very situation. Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, she lost her job in March and fell behind on her rent. She was able to pay the majority of the April rent, which her landlord accepted. However, when Ms. Adams tried to pay him the remaining portion, he instead demanded she pay the next month’s rent early. Then he filed for eviction.

The VLP referred Ms. Adams to attorney Ted Martin. He represented her in eviction court and was able to get the eviction continued while Ms. Adams applied for rent assistance from Saint Vincent de Paul to bring her rent current. Once she received the approval, her VLP attorney negotiated with the landlord to accept the funds and dismiss the eviction. As a result of his efforts, Ms. Adams was able to remain stable in her current apartment.

In 2019, the VLP provided legal representation to more than 3,400 low-income individuals. Your financial assistance is crucial to our ability to assist people just like Ms. Adams.

Please help us make the justice system work for everyone – Make a contribution today.


Mail Donations

If you would prefer to mail us a check, please make it payable to The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. Our address is: 215 E. Ninth Street, Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

If you require further information, please contact Cynthia Cole, Director of Development and Communication, (513) 362-2815.

Donate through Planned Giving

You can provide support to the VLP Foundation in multiple ways that also help your estate tax and financial planning situation.

You can name us as a beneficiary in your will or trust. You can also name us as beneficiary of an IRA, 401K, 403B or other qualified gift plan. Finally, the VLP Foundation can be named as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy as well.

Any of these options may provide potential estate tax savings for your heirs and help the VLP Foundation. Please see your personal financial advisor to determine which is best for you.

You can dedicate your gift in honor or in memory of an individual if you wish, and we will recognize that gift in our Annual report. The VLP Foundation is a 501(c) 3 so all contributions are tax deductible.

For more information about donating to the VLP, please contact Cynthia Cole, Director of Development and Communication, (513) 362-2815.

Community Support

The support the VLP receives from law firms, attorneys, corporations and foundations is a statement of commitment for our mission by the community. A list of donors that provide funding to the VLP can be viewed by clicking Annual Report.

We value every contribution and every donor. All private donation income is used in support of our mission to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, to promote economic and family stability, and to reduce poverty through effective legal assistance. Funds are used in accordance with Legal Services Corporation and other funder regulations

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