Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Reach depends on the knowledge, expertise, and support of hundreds of individuals and organizations including lawyers, paralegals, mediators, students, service providers, corporations and businesses.
Reach is currently seeking volunteers for the Auction Committee to assist with fundraising and event coordination. If you would like to learn more about this role, please contact Josie Fleming, Manager of Fundraising & Special Events.
This year, Reach celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing education and legal referral services for people of all disabilities living in Ottawa and the surrounding area. The change of pace brought about by COVID-19 has allowed many people to inject their time into new projects and goals. Reach has an ambitious goal this year of adding 40 new legal professionals to our roster in honour of our 40th anniversary.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to assist our vulnerable populations navigate legal issues. COVID-19 has only increased the barriers to accessing justice for persons living with disabilities in our community. Our goal is to increase our roster of legal professionals to help address these barriers and show our clients that though they may be isolated they are not alone.
We ask our volunteer legal professionals to provide up to 3 hours on a pro bono basis to help people with disabilities who are facing legal challenges. Understanding that you have a very busy practice to manage in the new digital world, we limit the number of referrals to no more than 4 times a year.
Legal Volunteers can assist in the following areas:
Pro bono legal services for clients with disabilities (Please note that you are requested to provide an initial consultation of up to three hours on a pro-bono basis)
Committee work (Public relations, education, research, etc.)
Speakers Bureau (Educational Seminars or Events requiring presentation on disability-related issues)
Office volunteers provide much-needed administrative and front-line support and help to connect people with disabilities to legal resources including lawyers, paralegals, mediators, and community resources. Office volunteers may also assist in development of educational programming, business planning, and content development relevant to people with disabilities, legal professionals, and the general public.
Areas that volunteers assist with include:
Front Line Client Support
Reach relies on dedicated community volunteers to plan and execute its fundraising and marketing events, including our annual Celebrity Auction. As a self-funded organization, these events are critical in ensuring that Reach is able to fund our legal referral and educational programs. Event volunteers include office volunteers, committee members, and on-site volunteers.
Areas that event volunteers can assist with include:
Volunteer Training / Recruitment
Contact us to learn more about current opportunities.