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Are you interested in helping others? Are you comfortable using a computer? If so, the Mobile Benefit Bank at Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) could use your help. We are looking for individuals who are willing to volunteer a few hours each month, be trained using the Ohio Foodbank's Benefit Bank software, and meet with individuals and assist them in applying for public benefits.

Meetings would take place at area churches, senior residences, community centers, food pantries, libraries, and other locations in the Toledo area. To learn more, contact Alexandra Scarborough at (419) 930-2367 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please join us in helping your neighbors apply for public benefits. You'll be performing a great service!

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit law firm that provides free high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help low-income and disadvantaged individuals and groups in our community achieve equal opportunity, self-reliance and equality.

Each member of the staff and each volunteer plays an integral part in the proper service to the client. The efficient and effective operation of our program requires the full cooperation of all its members to achieve our goals. Each member must therefore have a commitment to the general purposes and operation of LAWO. An effort must be made to achieve a harmonious working atmosphere among the staff and volunteers.

All staff members and volunteers are responsible for the proper execution of their duties and for dealing with our clients and visitors in a professional and pleasant manner. Dependability, trustworthiness, and competence are an expectation for all.

The Ohio Benefit Bank is an innovative online service implemented in partnership with the State of Ohio, four federal agencies, nine state agencies, and more than 1,100 faith-based and community organizations. Its purpose is to connect Ohio’s families with work support programs and tax credits.

The Duties of the Mobile Benefit Bank (MBB) Volunteer Counselor include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • The MBB Volunteer Counselor is asked to commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.
  • The MBB Volunteer Counselor must be willing to travel throughout Lucas County to various outreach locations and neighborhoods using mobile technology to provide benefit bank screenings for seniors, the disabled and other low-income people for eligibility to receive government benefits and to complete an assessment of legal needs for potential services.
  • The MBB Volunteer Counselor is expected to conduct him or herself in a competent, professional, and courteous manner and must demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication, clerical and administrative skills, initiative, and sound judgment.

Candidates must pass a criminal background check.