Jacksonville, Fla. – June 10, 2014 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that it has awarded $76,400 in grants to 24 local community organizations assisting at-risk children. For the fourth year in a row, lawyers and staff in the firm's Jacksonville office contributed money as a part of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Local Donor Advised Fund.
The office's Committee for the Public Good prepared and distributed grant applications and then met over three weeks to determine which organizations would receive the awards. The Committee received requests for funding such services as camp scholarships for children with special needs, an anti-bullying program, health programs to prevent obesity, a scouting program for urban youth, and hospice care for low income children.
Local organizations that will be receiving funds from the firm include:
"We are so grateful for Holland & Knight's grant to Jewish Family & Community Services to provide tutoring for academically at-risk foster children. Without your help, our agency would not raise to the growing challenge of serving those in our community who are most in need," said Colleen Rodriguez, executive director of Jewish Family & Community Services.
Tillis De Vaughn, vice president of programs for 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. said, "There's much work to be done to foster change within our community and we are indeed thankful for the continued opportunity to collaborate and privileged to be associated with such a prestigious law firm as Jacksonville's Holland & Knight!"
"I was so thrilled to hear that we were awarded the grant from Holland & Knight! The program you are supporting is in desperate need of funds and your grant will go a long way keeping these special kids safe," said Kerrie Slattery, senior development director at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Holland & Knight partner Suzanne Judas, who serves as chair of the Committee for Public Good, stated, "Finding ways to 'Do Good' in our communities has been a tradition at Holland & Knight since the firm's founding in 1968. Through our grant program in Jacksonville we have discovered the many ways that organizations in our community 'Do Good' by providing services to at-risk children. These organizations give so much in time and resources to children that need our help and hearts and we are excited that we are able to support some of them with our grants. We look forward to continuing our local grant program in 2015 funded entirely by the attorneys and staff in the Jacksonville office."
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