Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Social Security Reconsideration Project

Organization

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Location

Can be done anywhere

Website

Description

Help a person with disabilities get benefits to enable her to meet her basic human needs!

Volunteer attorneys represent clients at the reconsideration stage of appeal after they have applied for and been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Volunteers interview the client to learn more about his or her conditions and impairments; build the appeal record by gathering additional medical records and talking to the client’s medical providers as necessary; and draft and submit a letter to the Social Security adjudicator explaining why the client meets Social Security’s definition of disability.

No court or administrative hearing appearance is required. This opportunity can be performed remotely at the volunteer's convenience. Prior Social Security experience is not necessary, and Prairie State will provide training. For more information and training resources, visit our project webpage.

About the Organization

Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems like domestic abuse, eviction, foreclosure and public benefits and need legal help to solve them. We have 11 offices covering 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our Administrative Office is located in Rockford, IL.

The mission of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights.