Working with the Underserved

Penelope House

A refuge for women and children when their lives are in imminent danger, this temporary shelter allows escape from a violent situation in the home, and helps battered women on the road to social and economic independence. Penelope House needs volunteers for the children, for its community education program, and to assist with special events.

Contact: Joan Williams, 342-2809 Ext. 30

Catholic Social Services

A multi-service center dedicated to helping the underserved in the community. Volunteers work on a variety of tasks. During the day, Mon – Fri.

Directions: 188 S. Florida St., Mobile, AL 36606

Contact: Virginia Tapia, vtapia@mobarch.org

Catholic Social Services Map and Directions

Legal Services of Alabama

Legal Services of Alabama is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides qualifying low-income families with legal aid and assistance in civil matters. LSA is a statewide program serving all 67 counties in Alabama. LSA provides a full range of services, including: counsel and advice, mediation, administrative representation, representation in court, appeals in appropriate cases, legal self-help materials and forms. It is their goal to help people, families as well as individuals, move toward self-sufficiency through assisting them with their legal needs.

Directions: 107 St. Francis Street, Suite 2104, Mobile, AL 36602

Contact: Charlotte Tipton , 433-6560

Legal Services Map and Directions

Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program

Provides free legal services in certain civil matters to those who can’t afford a lawyer.  Volunteers will assist with contacting clients, maintaining records, and assisting lawyers.

Directions: 107 St. Francis Street, Suite 1806, Mobile, AL 36602

Contact: Ariana Moore, 433-6693

Volunteer Lawyers Map and Directions

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Offered each spring semester as a three credit-hour course, ACC490 represents the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program as a partnership between Spring Hill College and SaveFirst (a tax preparation and financial literacy initiative of Impact Alabama). Students Attend training sessions, take an IRS examination, provide free tax preparation services to low-income families in our area (Mobile and Baldwin County), keep an activity log of volunteer hours and write a paper on the history and significance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Contact: Dr. Andrew Sharp, 251-380-4121