“Eventually, we came to know ourselves not for what we had or owned, but for what we gave; not for what we accumulated, but for what we allocated.” – The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist

SLS relies heavily on donations from the public to meet our community’s growing needs and to continue providing our essential legal services. We appreciate your donation of any size. Our biggest expense is personnel to work directly with our seniors in need. SLS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. (Tax ID #94-2280258)

Please support SLS with your generous donation in any amount. We accept contributions not for our organization but ultimately on behalf of those we serve. This responsibility is not taken lightly. It is at the core of our mission to ensure that every dollar we receive is spent carefully, wisely, and effectively for the innocents depending on us. When speaking for those with no voice, one must do so by producing results worthy of each of them. With gratitude, Tanya Harmony Ridino, Executive Director and Nicolle “Nicki” Nelson, Board President.

In Loving Remembrance of Earl Cowell

In Loving Remembrance of Earl Cowell: A Legacy of Compassion, Advocacy, and Dedication to Senior Legal Services

With heavy hearts, we remember and honor beloved board member Earl Cowell, a dedicated advocate whose unwavering commitment to protecting seniors has left an indelible mark on our community. Earl’s remarkable journey was one of compassion, empowerment, and tireless dedication to ensuring that our seniors received the legal support they deserved.

A retired business professional with a heart for service, Earl’s legacy extended beyond his professional endeavors. For years, Earl stood as a beacon of hope for countless underserved seniors facing legal challenges in their later years. His dedication to Senior Legal Services was profound, both as a board member and as an advocate who extended far beyond his role. He was known for his warmth, his listening ear, and his ability to put those he served at ease.

As we remember Earl’s legacy, let us also remember the many lives he touched and the impact he made. His dedication serves as an inspiration to us all to continue his important work, to advocate for justice for our seniors, and to honor his memory by upholding the values he held dear.

In honor of Earl Cowell’s remarkable dedication to Senior Legal Services, we invite you to make a gift in his memory, ensuring that his legacy of compassion and advocacy continues to uplift and support seniors in need.

Earl Cowell Obituary:

Annual Donation

Join the Annual Fund!

Senior Legal Services’ Annual Fund is a crucial component of their mission to provide legal assistance and advocacy to underserved senior communities. This fund, primarily generated through the generosity of donors, supports the organization’s operations, including providing free legal advice, representation, and education to older adults, particularly those who are low-income or vulnerable. As the population continues to age, the demand for Senior Legal Services continues to grow.

The Annual Fund ensures that these vital services remain accessible and available to those most in need. The contributions not only empower and protect our elders’ legal rights but also contribute significantly towards fostering a community that values and respects its aging members.

Monthly Donation

Become a sustaining monthly member!

Monthly giving is a powerful way to make a lasting impact on the work of Senior Legal Services. By choosing to donate each month, you’re providing a reliable source of funding that allows us to plan for the future and continuously offer vital services to our seniors. Even small amounts, when given regularly, can add up to make a significant difference. As a monthly donor, you join a dedicated group of supporters who understand the importance of making a sustained commitment to our aging community. It’s an easy, efficient, and budget-friendly way to empower seniors and ensure their legal rights are protected. Start your monthly gift today, and take pride in knowing you’re making a difference all year long.

SLS Legacy Leadership Giving

SLS Legacy Leadership Giving

Legacy Donors play an instrumental role in the crucial work carried out by Senior Legal Services. In its initial fifty years, SLS largely relied on government grants, making it susceptible to the fluctuations of political climates. Now, as we progress further into the 21st century and respond to the amplified needs triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have significantly expanded our team and services.

By stepping into the role of a Legacy Donor, you help fortify the bedrock of Senior Legal Services, ensuring our continued service to the community for decades ahead. With annual donations of $5,000 or more, Legacy Donors provide the essential resources to sustain our mission – defending seniors’ rights to quality housing, healthcare, social integration, security, and freedom from age or disability-based discrimination.

These vital funds uphold our day-to-day operations necessary to accomplish our mission. As a Legacy Donor, you join a compassionate community dedicated to honoring our elders and ensuring their peace of mind. Interested in becoming a Legacy Donor? Reach out to our Executive Director at (831) 426.8824 x11 or email She will be delighted to discuss our mission, achievements, goals, and why your support is crucial. Consider becoming a Legacy Donor today!

Membership Benefits:

1. Direct contact with the SLS Executive Director and Board President via phone or email.

2. Complimentary access to all SLS webinars, including those offering crucial information impacting local seniors, and a subscription to our monthly newsletter.

3. Invitation to visit our main office in Santa Cruz to acquaint yourself with our staff and gain a deeper understanding of our organization.