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Escambia Project to discuss work closing the 'justice gap'

Release Date: 
10/18/2017

The Escambia Project is a joint effort to ensure everyone has access to legal aid, even people who may not realize they need it.

Over the past several months, The Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida and Pathways for Change have been working to advance that cause through a series of pilot projects that connect people with legal assistance both online and in their neighborhoods.

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Legal Aid Society: Ensuring equal access to justice for all

Release Date: 
07/26/2017

The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.

A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.

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Duke Energy helping Charlotte heal

Release Date: 
09/29/2016

Duke Energy today announced a donation of $100,000 to Unite Charlotte. This new community fund was established in response to the recent unrest in Charlotte and will support programs and organizations focused on community healing, rebuilding trust and creating opportunities, including work being done by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.

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Florida's anti-abortion law puts Teen Outreach Program at risk

Release Date: 
07/05/2016

For the last three years, Palm Beach County’s teen outreach program has helped 662 teens stay in school and avoid risky behavior. Although the clubs do not provide abortions (or any clinical services), Florida’s latest anti-abortion law threatened its funding.

The Florida law, which still may be implemented, would require state investigators to analyze 30,000 abortion cases a year, define the length of a trimester, and block taxpayer funding for nonabortion services to abortion providers. It’s that last point that put 12 of Palm Beach County’s teen outreach programs at risk.

Teen outreach is operated by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, a taxpayer-funded organization, which employs three agencies to carry out services for 41 clubs. One of those contractors, the Urban League of Palm Beach County, subcontracted Planned Parenthood staff to mentor teens.

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#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

Release Date: 
06/13/2016

We are horrified and heartbroken over yesterday’s tragedy in Orlando. Our hearts are with our fellow Floridians and the LGBTQ community, their families and friends reeling from this senseless act of terror and the tragic loss of innocent lives. Together we can support the victims and their families and loved ones while we continue working to build a better Florida – one fueled by respect and unity. ‪#‎OrlandoUnited‬

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