Volunteer Lawyers
for the Poor Foundation



Julia Heimer, a retired Vietnam veteran hired a company to enclose her porch and paid them $8,500 to do the job.

Shortly after the company installed the enclosure, gaps appeared in the floor and the walls bubbled. It was unusable.

Ms. Heimer contacted the company asking them to make the necessary repairs. They responded that she would have to pay for any “new” work. When she objected, they stopped returning her calls.

Then she learned that the company slipped a loan in her name into the electronic paperwork, and that they had drawn down $7,500 on top of what she had paid them directly.

Ms. Heimer contacted the VLP who referred her to Earl Messer, a Taft partner, who has a long history of volunteering for the VLP.

Attorney Messer found a pro bono construction expert who agreed that the work was unsound, and he filed suit against the company based on the defective work and deceptive financing. The company immediately agreed to settle.

Thanks to Attorney Messer’s efforts, the company reimbursed Ms. Heimer for the $8,500 she initially paid as well as provided her an additional $4,000 in damages. The company also paid off the fraudulent bank loan.

Ms. Heimer is just one of over 3,000 individuals that volunteer lawyers helped last year. Without the VLP, none would have had access to legal assistance.

Your support helps make the justice system work for everyone. Please contribute to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation today. You can make your contribution online at https://www. vlpcincinnati.org, or make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA, or recommend a donation from your donor advised fund or transfer stock. You can also mail us a check.


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.

Use a Donor-Advised Fund

A Donor-Advised Fund gives you a tax deduction in the year you set it up. The money to set one up can come from cash, appreciated stocks, or investments. Once it is set up, you can recommend a contribution to the charity of your choice. You control the amount and the timing of the distribution.

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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