Holland & Knight Raises $69,000 for Jacksonville Organizations Benefiting At-Risk Children
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (July 27, 2016) – Holland & Knight has awarded $69,000 in grants to 28 local community organizations assisting at-risk children. For the sixth year in a row, lawyers and staff in the firm's Jacksonville office contributed money as part of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc., Jacksonville 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 worthy causes such as: camp scholarships for children with special needs, a personal and professional career development program for teens, an early childhood literacy program, arts and music education programs and hospice care for low income children.
Local organizations that will be receiving funds from the firm include:
We are very excited about the opportunity Mobile PAL gives us to positively impact children in our community; and very appreciative for our community partners like Holland & Knight for helping make our reach even bigger and more impactful, " said Lt. Lakesha Burton, executive director of the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc.
Myra Martinez, charitable giving director of the Children's Home Society said, "The Children who rely on Children's Home Society of Florida struggle with seemingly insurmountable odds...abuse, poverty, instability. Yet, because of Holland & Knight, they have hope to do more than overcome these obstacles- they have opportunities to thrive. You are changing the trajectories of their lives."
Holland & Knight Partner Suzanne Judas, who serves as chair of the Committee for Public Good, stated, "Community service and giving are a tradition at Holland & Knight and an important part of our identity as a law firm. We are proud that one of the ways our attorneys and staff continue to carry on that tradition is through our grant program that focuses on the needs of children that are at risk of undesirable life outcomes. Through this program we have been introduced to so many community organizations that are working to turn around undesirable life outcomes by giving at-risk children hope, attention, and the tools needed to help overcome the challenges facing them. We applaud these organizations and take great pride in helping to fund projects that contribute to the mission of these organizations."