Charities looking for assistance with legal costs are being actively sought out by a company wanting to help.

Volunteer Lawyers Service is a legal organization that has more lawyers than charities, said the chair of VLS, Bruce Churchill-Smith.

Churchill-Smith said the program is there to assist charities with everything from startup needs, to taxes, to being sued and everything in between.

A lawyer himself, Chur­chill-Smith said it’s about giving back to the community.

“It’s an important part of what we do as lawyers,” he said.

Not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to apply to see if they qualify for the assistance, since there is a screening process to ensure that those getting help actually need it.

Interested charities can call (403) 218-4317, or visit

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