10th Annual Spring Benefit

10th Annual Spring Benefit

Wed, May 22, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Studie Arte

265 West 37th Street

New York, NY 10018

Enjoy delicious food and drink

Listen to heart-warming testimonials of how Open Hands has transformed lives through the power of justice and hope

Hear about our exciting vision for the next 10 years

General admission tickets ($150) and sponsorships are available through Eventbrite

For more information on sponsorships please email info@openhandslegalservices.org

Open Hands is hiring! 

PARALEGAL Job Description
Open Hands Legal Services seeks a paralegal to support Open Hands attorneys and staff.  Our vision is the transformation of all lives through the power of justice and hope.  Our mission is to uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed in New York City. We bring free legal services directly to community members at host non-profit organizations throughout the city and break down the legal barriers to their success, enabling individuals to flourish and embody the full persons they are intended to be.  More information about us is available at www.openhandslegalservices.org.

The paralegal will work closely with Open Hands’ staff in the office and at mobile legal aid desks at soup kitchens and shelters across New York City.  Legal aid desk assistance involves setting up and breaking down, maintaining supplies, coordinating operation of the Legal Aid Desk, and conducting initial screening of applicants. Other responsibilities include: processing preliminary case information into the case management system; serving as a liaison between attorneys and clients; handling client correspondence; obtaining court files and other documents; maintaining case files; preparing and assembling court papers;  and other duties as assigned. The paralegal may also assist with case preparation, prepare written reports and memoranda, and serve subpoenas and other legal documents. 

The ideal candidate possesses an entrepreneurial and sacrificial spirit, a deep love for our clients and a demonstrated commitment to Open Hands’ mission and values.  S/he is a self-starter and responds well to quickly changing demands with flexibility. S/he is highly collaborative and works well with other staff members. The ability to handle a high volume of case work and take initiative is critical to this position. 


  • Mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed

  • Proven ability to solve problems independently and creatively

  • Highly organized and proactive

  • Strong computer skills

  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations in a sensitive and professional manner

  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit combined with sacrificial service to our clients and team

  • A second language – especially Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin – is strongly preferred


  • This a full-time position which requires Saturday morning and weeknight meetings throughout New York City.

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@openhandslegalservices.org with “Paralegal” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by February 28, 2019.

New Volunteer Training Registration is Open

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
(Doors open at 12:45 PM - Light lunch will be served)

Where: Father's Heart Ministries

545 East 11th Street

New York, NY 10009

Cost: FREE

MCLE Credits: 1.5 Skills, 1 Ethics

Appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys as well as new and experienced Open Hands Legal Services volunteers.

Volunteer training is a prerequisite for Open Hands Legal Services legal aid desk volunteers. This course is FREE to those who volunteer with Open Hands Legal Services by May 2019. Volunteers may serve at one of the following legal aid desks: Father's Heart Ministries (East Village), All Angels' Church - Our Place Cafe (Upper West Side), The Bowery Mission, The Relief Bus, and New York City Rescue Mision

Register through Eventbrite

Open Hands Legal Services Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) offers supporters in their 20s and 30s an opportunity to support Open Hands Legal Services (OHLS) by acting as ambassadors for OHLS and promoting fundraising initiatives. Members participate in a variety of fun projects and events that strengthen our program capacity. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy meeting people, events and networking.

 Throughout their service term from October 2018 to September 2019, members will gain:

  •  Substantive experience in nonprofit leadership

 YPN members may choose to:

  • Fundraise, including raising awareness for all campaigns and events on the OHLS fundraising calendar
  • Attend, host, and recruit guests for YPN events. The YPN may host up to three events in the next year. Members will provide strategic relationships and recruit guests, and OHLS staff and YPN members will work together to manage event logistics.

Tentative calendar:

  • Fall 2018: Young Supporters fall kick-off event
  • November 27-December 31st: OHLS #GivingTueday and year-end campaign
  • November 28, 2017 - Volunteer Appreciation/Year End Event
  • March 2019: Spring Benefit kickoff/YPN Winter Social
  • April 2019/May 2019: Spring Benefit
  • All members should attend or send a representative.
  • All members should pay for their own ticket and invite at least five people.
  • Certain designated positions on the YPN may have additional responsibilities.
  • July/August 2019: End of Summer YPN Social
  • Late Summer 2019:Justice Circle Fall Monthly Giving Drive
  • Volunteer at Legal Aid Desks
  • Actively support OHLS throughout the year, including:
  • Donate to OHLS in a way that is personally significant and meaningful
  • Understand OHLS’s mission well enough to effectively communicate it to others


All are welcome. Please email your application and resume to info@openhandslegalservices.org for consideration for the 2018-2019 season. If we feel that you and the YPN could be a great fit, we’ll contact you in September!