Central Virginia Legal Aid Society engages in many projects to provide information about the work of legal aid and the law. For example, staff members present talks or seminars at community centers, churches, schools, libraries and the offices of other service providers on legal issues faced by low income and elderly people in our community. It is estimated that in excess of a thousand people receive information from legal aid staff at these events each year.
We produce posters and flyers for advising people how to reach us and explaining the type of legal cases CVLAS handles. Our staff attends many County fairs, community festivals and other events which can inform thousands about our services. We also distribute brochures, many which can be found on this website, to people to provide general legal information on a variety of topics.
The weekly radio program (see details herein) reaches hundreds of listeners each week, while our domestic violence unit provides information to and seeks referrals from other agencies providing services to victims of domestic violence.
The Central Virginia Client Council, an organization sponsored by legal aid and made up of folks who could be eligible clients, meets once a month and engages in outreach to the client community.
CVLAS’ Virginia Farm Workers Program utilizes several strategies to reach its clients. The Virginia Farm Workers Program’s staff visits migrant camps throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia when workers return home after work. Additionally, we have frequently participated in church organized fiestas (fairs of potentially hundreds of persons of Hispanic origin). We have also met with the Virginia Council of Churches in order to further reach potential clients. Many farm workers enjoy spending time on their weekends attending church services in Spanish and we frequently utilize the church as a means to reach the broader Hispanic community. In excess of 4,000 farm workers benefited from this program.