The Legal Aid Society of Story County (Legal Aid) is a local nonprofit organization that has been representing low income residents of Story County in civil matters since 1974. We provides access to justice for residents needing assistance in certain civil legal matters. Legal Aid is not affiliated with the statewide Iowa Legal Aid. We offer income eligible residents of Story County a “full representation model” of legal services, which means that our clients receive the same type of legal representation that they would otherwise receive at a typical private law firm, from initial filing to resolution of their case. We have 3 full time attorneys and average about 350 cases (total) annually. To be eligible, clients must be residents of Story County, be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for their family size, and have a qualified civil legal problem.
Legal Aid also operates the Story County Volunteer Lawyer Project, which extends the same services to residents whose income is up to 175% of the federal poverty guidelines. This program coordinates client placement with volunteer attorneys in Story County. This highly successful program is in its third year of operation.
On July 1, 2018 our Co-op Nickel program was replaced by “Change for Community.” Instead of being asked to donate your bag refunds you will have the option to round-up to the nearest dollar and donate that change to the monthly Change for Community recipient. Many co-ops around the country have moved their donation program to this structure and they are raising a substantial amount of money for their local organizations!
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