This summer, UC Hastings Professor, and long-time supporter of GAAP, Hadar Aviram, will swim a 10 mile marathon in aid of GAAP, and the community we serve. GAAP has a long-standing relationship with UC Hastings, dating back to its foundation by students at the school, who saw an unmet need in the community and acted. Today, dozens of law students provide direct services to the community through GAAP. Hadar's commitment to raising much-needed funds continues this tradition of the UC Hastings faculty, staff, and student body to helping to local community.
Supporting GAAP is supporting a cause near and dear to my heart. I work in the Tenderloin every day and see the contrast between the wealth and possibilities offered by new technology ventures and the everyday poverty and misery that old-time Tenderloin residents experience in their struggle to obtain the most basic necessities of life,said Hadar.The good people at GAAP put not only their expertise, but their heart and soul, into their important work, going above and beyond traditional lawyering work to help their clients obtain food, health care, and safe living environments.
Kingdom Swim is the venue for the World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. It is a circular course in Lake Memphremagog, a freshwater glacial located between Newport, Vermont, USA, and Magog, Quebec, Canada. The name Memphremagog is derived from Algonquian, in which it means
where there is a big expanse of water. The lake is fed by four rivers. Its maximum recorded depth is 351 feet (107 m) and it contains 20 islands. According to local lore, an amphibious monster called Memphre lives in the lake; its most recent sighting was in 2000.
Hadar Aviram is an Israeli-American open water marathon swimmer from San Francisco, CA. Hadar holds the unofficial world record for a solo lengthwise crossing of the Sea of Galilee (21km/13mi) in compliance with the Global Marathon Swimming Federation Rules. Her previous swims include 18 miles out of the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the 11-mile Portland Bridge Swim, the 3x10k Three Seas in Three Days, the 10km USMS Championship in 2012, nine successful Alcatraz crossings and other races around the world.
When out of the water, Hadar is a law professor at UC Hastings, whose recent research focuses on American punishment and incarceration. Her book Cheap on Crime, examining the impact of the Great Recession on the American correctional landscape, is forthcoming from University of California Press.To support Hadar's efforts, click here
Here at GAAP we are proud of our connection to UC Hastings College of the Law, and the opportunities the relationship affords the student body. Every year, around two dozen Hastings students work at GAAP, providing thousands of hours of pro bono service. In addition to providing invaluable service to the community, GAAP advocates receive the sort of frontline education that will set them apart as they embark on successful post-law school careers. In recognition of this partnership, UC Hastings has created the following short video. Enjoy.
The General Assistance Advocacy Project is delighted to announce has been awarded a grant from the van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation.The grant will be used to support our daily drop-in center and ensure that 1000s of low income San Franciscans can continue to receive vital services when they need them, where they need them.
The van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation's mission is to promote social justice in Northern California by means of legal services and advocacy.
GAAP is proud to announce that Kendra Amick will be joining the team. Kendra recently graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. During her time at UC Hastings, Kendra was heavily involved in GAAP - working as a Student Advocate, a Summer Clerk and recently as Student Co-President. Kendra will be focused on ensuring GAAP continues to offer the high quality advocacy our clients have come to expect.
On April 17, the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation named GAAP ED, Gary Lewis, as one of its "Outstanding Alumni of the Year." GAAP's importance to both the local community and the UC Hastings student body was cited as a key factor in the decision to award the honor. HPILF is a student led organization that provides grants to law students working unpaid summer jobs in the public interest.
Not too many people know it, but April is National Volunteer Month! Here at GAAP we are particularly grateful for the commitment of our volunteer advocates. GAAP operates with a single staff member, meaning that much of the frontline work is performed by our dedicated team of volunteers. Every year, GAAP advocates provide approximately 4,500 hours of volunteer work, ensuring that hundreds of San Franciscans receive vital assistance that they could not otherwise get. So, to all of our volunteers we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU!
Are you a former advocate? Or a supporter? Please join us for the first annual GAAP Reunion and Alumni Mixer on April 4th, at 6:30pm. This is an opportunity for former and current GAAP advocates to share their experiences working with GAAP and how those experiences have influenced their practice. We also welcome Hastings almuni who are interested in GAAP or support the work of the organization. For more information please email Gary Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAAP relies on the generosity and strength of our volunteers to staff the drop-in clinic and provide the majority of our essential services. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to three hours per week at the clinic, open every day, except Wednesdays, from 9am-12pm, and 1:30pm-4:30pm.