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Central California Legal Services - Providing Free Legal Assistance To Low Income Families And Individuals

Central California Legal Services - Providing Free Legal Assistance To Low Income Families And Individuals

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FEATURED CONTENTCentral California Legal Services is a non-profit law firm. We provide freelegal assistance to low income familes and individuals in the followingcounties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
 Each year since 2003 CCLS has run highly successful Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Outreach andEducation Campaigns.Taxpayers can complete and file their Federal and State taxes for free through the I-CAN!E-File web-based Self-Help program byclicking here or they can visit our offices where computer workstations are available.No appointment is needed, filers will be helped on a first come first served basis. The last day to file taxes thisyear is April 18.It's free, easy to use, and available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. I-CAN! E-File is created and offeredby Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a sister legal-aid program.Families or individuals that earned less that $50,000 in 2010 you may qualify for up to $5,666 in EarnedIncome Tax Credit.2010 EITC TAX YEAR MAXIMUM INCOME GUIDELINES
CCLS Helps Low-Income Workers File Their Taxes For Free!!
Tue, Feb 8th, 2011
3 or more
*Persons with no qualifying children must be 25 - 64 years old to be eligible for EITC. Only U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Resident are eligible.
 To file at our offices you should:Bring your last year's completed tax formsHave earned income in 2010Have all W-2's/1099's/ 1098's/ Bank statementsHave a valid Social Security numberNot qualify as a dependent for another taxpayerHave investment income of less than $3,100 (if applicable)
PLEASE NOTE: Effective February 22, 2011, the FresnoCCLS offices located at 1401 Fulton Street, Suite 700, Fresno,CA 93721 re-located to 2115 Kern Street, Suite 1, Fresno, CA93721.
for tax year
will help you fill out the forms necessaryto receive your Federal/State Earned IncomeCredit and E-File with the IRS.I-CAN! le ayudará a completar las formas deimpuestos necesarias para recibir su crédito deltrabajo y declaras electrónicamente con el IRS.
|Click here for I-CAN's EIC wizard||EIC Satisfaction Survey 
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For more information please call us at (559) 570-1220 or 559 570-1200.
 Congratulations to Kathleen "Kate" A. Meehan, former CCLS Board member. Ms. Meehan was recentlyappointed by the Superior Court Judges to the position of Superior Court Commissioner. She replacesJonathan Skiles who has been named Superior Court Judge.Ms. Meehan, most recently worked with the California Department of Justice Office of Attorney General office,was previously a shareholder with the prestigious law firm of Baker, Manock & Jensen. She spent the bulk ofher career in private practice. "CCLS congratulates Kate in her appointment to the bench. We regret losingKate as a CCLS Board member but we know that her strong work ethic and true concern for the communitywhich she has demonstrated over the years will carry over to her position as commissioner and she will be agreat addition to the bench.," says CCLS Executive Director Chris Schneider.Admitted to practice law in California in 1985, she received her Juris Doctorate from the University ofCalifornia, Davis. While in law school, she was a member of the Law Review and a teaching assistant.A member of the Board of Directors of CCLS for more than 13 years, Meehan holds a Bachelor of Arts degreein Government from St. Mary's College of California where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She receivedthe School of Liberal Arts highest award, the De La Salle Medal and the Government Department's highestaward, the Thomas Jefferson Award.Fresno residents and community leaders are taking action to make where they live healthier. Funded by TheCalifornia Endowment (TCE), the goal of Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is to create places wherechildren are healthy, safe and ready to learn. TCE selected 14 places throughout California for the BHCproject. A locally adopted plan guides the work. Led by a steering committee, each Hub creates a big-pictureview of the place's future. Fresno's HUB Committee is composed of residents of Central/Southeast/SouthwestFresno City, community-based organizations, and local education, healthcare, and systems leaders. Theypromote respect for differences in traditions and beliefs and consider these differences to be a resource forimproving the community.Central California Legal Services, Inc, (CCLS) was selected by The California Endowment to serve as the hostagency for the HUB. CCLS is responsible for fiscal management of HUB activities and provides staff to supportHUB business and activities.The host agency employs two staff members. Monica Blanco-Etheridge and Joel Perez. As the HUB Manager,Monica works closely with the Hub Committee, the All-BHC group and others to continue the collaborativeplanning effort. As Manager, Monica creates and coordinates meeting agendas, helps to develop the HUB'svision for Fresno, and keeps the committee moving forward as they work to enrich the community.As the Project Media Coordinator, Joel is responsible to set and schedule all HUB and BHC events, serve asliaison with partner organizations and as local media contact. He also provides day-to-day administrative andlogistical support to the Hub Manager.Meeting schedules and further information are available by contacting Joel Perez at (559) 570-1249 or emailperez@centralcallegal.org.
Former CCLS Board Member named Superior Court Commissioner
Thu, Feb 3rd, 2011
Building Healthy Communities - Fresno
HUB NewsThu, Feb 3rd, 2011
Champions of Justice
Thank YouFri, Nov 19th, 2010On June, 26 KFSR Radio Interviewed Chris A.Schneider, CCLS Executive Director, about thecurrent legal aid issues in the Central Valley andabout CCLS services. Click on KFSR iconabove to hear the interview.
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 Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) announced this year's Champions of Justice award recipients.These individuals and organizations received recognition for their extraordinary achievements and successfuladvocacy on behalf of low-income persons and under-represented individuals. The awards reception was held,October 28, 2010 from 5pm - 8pm. at The Grand on 10 located at 1401 Fulton Street, 10
Floor in downtownFresno.
The Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award
, the organization's highest award, went to former CCLSattorney and advocate for justice,
Jack Daniel
. Jack's greatest efforts were on behalf of theyouth in our community - he would fight for any kid, anywhere, any time.
The 2010 Champions of Justice Awards recipients are:
Judiciary - The Honorable Kimberly Nystrom-Geist
: Due to her leadership, the special elder abuse courtcalendar became a reality. This creative approach enables easier access to court services for senior citizensand dependent adults who are abused and seek the court's protection.
2. Attorney - Lazaro Salazar, Law Offices of Lazaro Salazar:
His dedication to immigrant and underservedcommunities is demonstrated through his willingness to participate in public forums attended by thousandswhere he provides free counsel and advice to individuals. This is exemplary pro bono services.
3. Client - David Piercy:
CCLS applauds his willingness to step forward and challenge the county's outdatedpolicies for the Medically Indigent Services Program. As a result, new income guidelines were adopted by theBoard of Supervisors, thus opening the doors for hundreds of other individuals without health insurance toaccess free or reduced cost health care services
4. Staff - Monica Blanco-Etheridge:
Her passion to find solutions to the disappearing mental healthservices, is but one example of Monica's selfless commitment to helping the voiceless to be heard and the
CCLS Champions of Justice Reception Successful
More than 240 attendMon, Nov 29th, 2010
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