ACT 2 Program Honored Locally and Nationally


Page 3 - ACT 2 logoLots of notice has been given to Legal Aid’s ACT 2 program in recent months. The national Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a Pro Bono Innovation Grant for ACT 2. Additionally, The Cleveland Foundation’s inaugural Encore Cleveland Prize was awarded to ACT 2. Together, these awards provide more than $240,000 in funding for this important effort.

LSC announced in September only 15 grants nationwide to support innovations in pro bono legal services for low-income clients. Legal Aid’s ACT 2 program was selected along with other projects that creatively engage and recruit pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to leverage LSC’s federal funding and increase the resources available to low-income clients.
“The grants we are funding will expand the resources available to serve low-income people and engage more private lawyers and law students in rewarding pro bono work,” said LSC President Jim Sandman.

The Cleveland Foundation’s Encore Cleveland Prize was presented to Legal Aid because of how Legal Aid deploys late-career and retired volunteer lawyers into the community to address the legal needs of low-income community members.

Cleveland Foundation President & CEO Ronn Richard and Executive Vice President Bob Eckardt presented the Encore Cleveland Prizes during BVU’s Purpose@50Plus event at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in October. “Our inaugural Encore Cleveland prize winners exemplify the positive impact possible when experienced Clevelanders focus their talents on improving our community,” said Richard.

The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Encore Cleveland, launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders age 50 and older with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.

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