At their annual holiday party, the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) collected gift cards and in-kind donations for My Sisters’ Place and monetary donations for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ be homeful project. My Sisters’ Place provides women with infants a warm place to stay, food, and services that are designed to get them back onto the road to independence. Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness works to prevent and end homelessness statewide.
“Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s gift will bring a great deal of joy to children facing homelessness in more ways than one, as it will help us both give bears and books to children in shelters, and help a family remain housed,” stated Madeline Ravich, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ development advisor and be homeful campaign director. For every $25 raised through the be homeful project, a child in a local shelter will receive a Paddington bear or book.
In recent years, the YLS has collected professional attire for Save-a-Suite and Dress for Success Hartford, and monetary donations for LiveKind, Inc., LEAP, and Life Haven Inc, and hosted a holiday party and collected school supplies and winter clothing for Hartford’s Frog Hollow community. In addition to collecting donations for local charities, the YLS has performed thousands of hours of pro bono service. This year, every member of the YLS executive committee has pledged to perform at least ten hours of pro bono service.
“Participation by the Young Lawyers Section was tremendous and exceeded our fundraising goals for the event. We raised money for two wonderful causes, partnered with Faxon Law Group to sponsor the event, mixed and mingled with fellow lawyers in the state, and rung in the New Year,” said YLS Chair Aidan R. Welsh.