The Capital Area Legal Services Corp., which closed its Baton Rouge headquarters Friday, is offering its remaining furniture and equipment free of charge to nonprofit groups and charitable organizations on Tuesday.
Such groups and organizations must bring a letter on their letterhead identifying their designated representative and tax identification number, CALSC said in a written public service announcement.
Items must be taken away from the CALSC office at 200 Third St. on Tuesday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services was recently selected to provide free civil legal aid in Baton Rouge and other parishes previously served by CALSC.
Salyria Gumms, CALSC acting executive director, said SLLS was given first choice to CALSC’s furniture and equipment.
SLLS is operating a temporary office at 1520 Thomas Delpit Drive in Baton Rouge. The group is seeking a permanent office in the city.
The federal Legal Services Corp. notified CALSC in early June that the $1.6 million annual grant it previously held had been awarded to SLLS.
CALSC’s grant loss came after an audit report by the LSC Office of Inspector General questioned more than $300,000 in CALSC spending, including more than $11,400 for then-CALSC executive director James Wayne Sr.’s meals at the private Camelot Club and restaurants in the city.
Wayne, who served as executive director for 21 years, was put on paid administrative leave last fall and fired earlier this year.
SLLS will serve 22 parishes, including the dozen previously served by CALSC.
SLLS’s total coverage area includes Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.