WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Boston Bar Foundation – the charitable affiliate of the Boston Bar Association – announced today that it will provide $950,000 in grants to 23 community organizations that work to provide legal services to those in need. Approximately 40% of the funding is comprised of proceeds from the BBF’s annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit and BBF reserves, with the remainder derived from Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) funds.
The grantee organizations administer legal aid to the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of the population, such as the homeless, domestic violence survivors, at-risk children, and veterans.
“The tremendous success of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit, as well as the year-round support of the BBF’s mission and fundraising efforts by lawyers, law firms, and area businesses has allowed us to advance the work of these 23 important organizations,” said BBF President Lisa Goodheart. “Because of the active engagement of the legal community, the Boston Bar Foundation grants will help ensure equal access to justice for our fellow citizens.”
The 2015 grant recipients are:
Casa Myrna Vazquez: Founded in 1977 to provide a safe haven for abused women, Casa Myrna is now Boston’s largest provider of shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence.
Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts: The mission of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts is to promote and secure equal justice for low-income youth through advocacy and legal services.
City Life/Vida Urbana: City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization working towards racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by promoting individual empowerment and developing community leaders.
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center: CLSACC provides free civil legal aid and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people.
East Boston Ecumenical Community Council: The EBECC is a neighborhood-based organization that promotes the advancement of Latino immigrants through education, services, advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development.
Finex House, Inc.: Finex House provides emergency shelter and services for the most vulnerable of battered women, including those who have disabilities and women who are trafficked.
Greater Boston Legal Services: The oldest and largest legal services program in New England, GBLS provides free legal assistance to as many low-income families as possible, helping them secure some of the most basic necessities of life.
Housing Families: Housing Families works to end family homelessness by offering safe, temporary shelter, quality affordable housing and individualized supportive services that nurture the potential of each family member and help maintain permanent housing.