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Information on how to volunteer to help fire victims


Resources for Victims of the North Bay Fires

Hotline

Additional Resources



Attorneys Interested in Volunteering


Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering to provide legal assistance to victims of the North Bay fires.  Below you will find a link to sign up, and more information about what is planned thus far. 

The disaster legal services hotline will operate through The Bar Association of San Francisco's Lawyer Referral and Information Service in partnership with the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative (Justice & Diversity Center, Alameda County Bar Association and its Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, State Bar of California Office of Legal Services, Bay Area Legal Aid, Pro Bono Net and the Judicial Council of California), the Legal Aid Association of California, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others.

A legal advice hotline is being set up that will be based in The Bar Association of San Francisco's downtown office and will offer brief legal advice on issues ranging from landlord-tenant, insurance issues, and FEMA benefits to employment and immigration.  This hotline will have a soft launch on Monday, October 16 and a more robust launch with volunteer attorneys on Monday, October 23.  The tentative plan is that the hotline will be staffed by volunteer attorneys from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with attorneys taking live calls and returning calls received during the earlier part of the day.  But these details are still in formation. 

In addition, volunteers will be needed to staff Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma and Napa, and possibly Solano – these DRC’s are centralized locations that will offer one-stop resources for survivors of the fire, set up by local, state or federal authorities.  We will need attorneys into these centers to offer brief advice, and help completing forms (largely FEMA benefits applications or insurance forms).  Volunteers will also likely be needed to help staff clinics in those counties, focused on FEMA benefits.

By the end of next week, we will have 3.5 hours of webinar (YouTube) training to equip attorneys to handle either of these volunteer opportunities.  In addition, of course, we will have people who need more ongoing help, with either limited scope or full scope pro bono representation in landlord-tenant, employment, insurance, FEMA and other matters.

At this point, we are ready to sign up volunteers for the hotline. Please stay tuned for additional volunteer opportunities in the next few days.

Please sign up for the hotline and we will be in touch with more information about the training resources (which are being updated as we speak).  Thank you again for your willingness to step forward!