Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Legal Aid logo with tagline "Hope. Dignity. Justice."


Mission: Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.  Along with volunteer lawyers throughout the state, Iowa Legal Aid helps the legal system work for those who cannot afford help with legal issues.

Location: Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Des Moines, Davenport (47.5 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: We rely on volunteers to help us expand our abilities to reach even more people and provide them with excellent services.  Iowa Legal Aid recognizes the contributions that volunteers can make in serving the legal needs of low-income Iowans. Good client service is very much dependent upon professional, patient and compassionate staff and volunteers who work closely with attorneys in extending the best legal services possible.  If you would like a meaningful, dynamic, and professional volunteer position, please consider volunteering with Iowa Legal Aid.

  • Volunteer Interpreter/Translator
  • Volunteer for Outreach Events
  • Volunteer Reception/Intake.


Volunteers:  needed for on-going service

When is service needed:    year-round

Number of hours: 5+ hours/week


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: no
  • Fully virtual possible: no


Background check required: yes


Training supplied: Intake volunteers are trained on our intake process which requires a regular and ongoing time commitment.

Equipment or logistics supplied: All technology equipment will be supplied.


How to apply: Visit  Submit application and resume at volunteer website:

Contact: Brynne Howard, Managing Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project, 515-243-1198 ext 1619,


Operation information: Iowa Legal Aid provides free, high quality legal education, advice, and representation to low-income and elderly Iowans with civil legal problems that most dramatically affect Iowa’s poor and vulnerable populations.  We rely on volunteers to help us expand our abilities to reach even more people and provide them with excellent services. Even though Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization which faces the continuing challenges of securing sufficient funding, the program has been at the forefront of integrating new technology. In 2008, the program was awarded the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Innovations in Technology Award. Enjoy using our technology as a volunteer.

Address: 1111 9th Street, Suite 230 Des Moines, Iowa  50314

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