LYNCHBURG, VA., March 23, 2017 – Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc., (VLAS) has launched a broad effort to determine the civil legal needs of low-income families and individuals from Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia. The nonprofit law firm is distributing a detailed survey asking people about legal issues connected with their health, housing, immigration status, family situation, public benefits, education opportunities and other concerns.

The survey is available online at http://vlas.org/get-involved/. There, visitors will find a choice of surveys to fill out – a standard survey for anyone, a more detailed version for the low-income families and individuals who might qualify as potential VLAS clients, and a Spanish version. Paper copies in both English and Spanish also are available from many social service agencies in the region. Anyone can fill out a survey, as long as it is returned to VLAS by April 10.

VLAS will use the results to guide its client outreach and the legal priorities it will emphasize over the next few years.

The surveys are just one way VLAS is gathering input from the community, as part of its five-year strategic planning process. Through March and April, VLAS is holding community forums (in which the public is welcome to attend) and in-depth focus groups throughout the 20 counties and six cities it serves. For a schedule of these meetings, please visit VLAS’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/VaLegalAidSociety, or view a full calendar of its strategic planning events at http://vlas.org/get-involved/community-needs-planning/.

Please join VLAS so your voice can be heard regarding the most pressing community legal needs.

For More Information Contact: David B. Neumeyer, Esq., Executive Director (434) 238-2222, or Rhonda Knight, Director of Development (434) 455-3085

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