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Volunteer Lawyers Project Annual Fundraiser

Dear Friends of VLP,


ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) has been providing quality civil legal services to our most vulnerable community members and effectively involving thousands of local lawyers in the delivery of those essential services since 1983. These past few years have presented challenges like no others. The global pandemic, increasing inflation, and domestic terrorism in our own city have increased the challenges our clients face and required our staff and volunteers to adapt to the ever-increasing need for legal assistance. Our volunteers and staff help people overcome potentially devastating legal problems.  

 

We represent victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. We assist refugees fleeing torture and persecution. Our work benefits families facing unemployment, IRS and bankruptcy matters. We help parents seeking child support. Our eviction and foreclosure defense prevents homelessness. We speak for those that are not heard. 

 

Western New York’s lawyers are the lifeblood of VLP. Collectively, you donate tens of thousands of volunteer hours, utilizing your talents and skills to provide access to justice for those who cannot afford an attorney. YOU help the most vulnerable members of our society overcome real life struggles. During the past 39 years, thousands of local pro bono attorneys like YOU have helped VLP to represent many tens of thousands of clients.  

 

Your generous financial support this year will help us to continue with our mission. For many of you this means continuing a long history of giving, for which we are very grateful. For those who have not provided financial support in the past, there has never been a better time to make a commitment to VLP with a donation this year. VLP is an important program, long-established by continuous support from the Erie County legal community and supporters like YOU.  


As a part of that community, we call on you and/or your firm to show your support. A donation form for our annual fund drive is enclosed.  As a guideline, we ask that you give at least $250, but we encourage you to give more. All gifts are fully tax deductible. We will also be sending a letter to local law firms asking the firms to donate.


Thank you to all who have supported our important work over the years with your time, expertise, and kind donations. Please visit our website for our prior years’ donors. You have improved the lives of countless Western New Yorkers, furthered the highest goals of our profession, and embraced VLP’s mission. With your help, 2022 can be our most successful year ever. 




A copy of VLP’s most recently filed financial report can be obtained by request to the Office of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau at the following address NYS Attorney General’s Charity Bureau, 28 Liberty St., New York, NY 10005; https://www.charitiesnys.com; (212) 416-8401 and providing VLP’s address provided above.