Another local solution is CONEC, an online tool to help nonprofits that offer legal services to Silicon Valley immigrants who are striving to assimilate and succeed. In creating this online volunteer-matching tool, SVCF worked with a network of 15 nonprofit organizations that offer an array of legal services to low-income immigrants, from guidance through the citizenship process to low-cost legal representation. CONEC allows aspiring volunteers to quickly match their skills, location and availability with the many needs of the nonprofit legal services groups. The tool fills a niche where no such tailored service existed. Government data indicate that there are at least 200,000 low-income immigrants living in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, many of whom need legal services. Anticipating that an eventual federal overhaul of immigration rules will result in even greater need, SVCF has focused a segment of our immigration-related grantmaking on strengthening the network of legal services available to these residents. View CONEC at www.conec.us.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015