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Bar Foundation Awards $60,000 to Justice Related Causes for 2013

                Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery Bar Foundation present check for $36,000 to Legal Aid of Southeastern, PA


Pictured above: MBF President Steven H. Lupin, Esq. (left) presents checks to 2013 MBF GRant Recipients

BLUE BELL(1/10/2014) - The Montgomery Bar Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of the Montgomery Bar Association recently awarded seven (7) grants totaling $42,000 through its 2013 grants program.  These grants were presented at the Annual Business Meeting of the Montgomery Bar Association on January, 10, 2014. 

Additionally, earlier this year the Bar Foundation presented a grant of $18,000 to Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, representing the proceeds from the foundation’s annual golf tournament.  This grant was matched with a $18,000 grant from the Montgomery Bar Association.

 

Since 2001 and including this year, the Montgomery Bar Foundation has distributed more than $300,000 in support of law-related causes in Montgomery County.    In recent years, the Bar Foundation has increasingly focused its support on meeting the needs of the community’s most vulnerable residents.  This year, grants were awarded to Montgomery County-based non-profit organizations that provide free legal representation and law-related services to individuals and families struggling with poverty, abuse, crime and discrimination.   

 

Support for these grants comes primarily from charitable contributions made by Montgomery County lawyers and law firms committed to advancing the cause of justice.

 

Protecting Children

The Bar Foundation is committed to ensuring that the promise of justice is realized by the youngest members of our community.  Toward that end, we are pleased to announce that a total of $20,000 has been awarded to Mission Kids and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, which provide legal representation, counseling and other support to children who are victims of crime, abuse and neglect.  These organizations help secure their safety, stabilize their living conditions and ensure that their rights and interests are represented in any legal proceedings. 

The Bar Foundation would also like to take this opportunity to commend the many attorneys and other professionals who donate hundreds of hours of their time and professional expertise to advocate for these children.

 

Protecting Victims of Crime, Abuse and Discrimination

The Bar Foundation is committed to ensuring that the protections of the law and the promise of a better life can be accessed by the most vulnerable members of our community.  Toward that end, we are pleased to announce that a total of $12,000 has been awarded to the Fair Housing Rights Center, Laurel House, Victims Services Center and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County for their work to secure the safety and legal rights of families, women and children struggling with crime, abuse and housing discrimination.  These organizations contribute to the long-term stability and improved quality of life for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

Securing Access to Vital Health and Human Services

The Bar Foundation is committed to ensuring that seniors, families, individuals with disabilities and those living at or below the poverty level are able to overcome access programs and services that provide the most basic necessities - food, shelter, medical care, employment.  We are pleased to announce we have awarded a second grant in the amount of $10,000 to Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which, through the provision of free legal services and counseling, helps to ensure that the leverage of the law is available to those struggling with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

 

How You Can Help

The Montgomery Bar Foundation relies upon charitable contributions as the primary source of funding for its grants.  If you share our commitment to advancing the cause of justice in our community, please click here to make your tax-deductible contribution. 

 

About the Montgomery Bar Foundation

The Montgomery Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve, facilitate and support justice and fair treatment for all.  The Bar Foundation advances this mission by providing financial and other support to organizations that offer  free legal and law-related services to victims of crime, poverty, abuse and discrimination. As the charitable arm of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Bar Foundation embodies the legal community’s commitment to ensure that justice is accessible to the most vulnerable members of our community.

 
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