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The York County Bar has provided grants to local nonprofits for over 15 years.  As its capacity has grown, so, to, has its grants program.

The Bar’s grants committee entertains grants requests annually.  Its goal is to partner with those agencies whose programs further its mission. Click here to learn how to apply.

Last year, the Bar funded a record-breaking $284,175 in law-related programs throughout York County.   Agencies funded included:

MidPenn Legal Services

MidPenn Legal Services, the "emergency room” of the legal profession, advises and represents those living in poverty in York on civil legal matters such as housing law, child custody, domestic violence, and Social Security.  MidPenn saves homes, protects children, and provides access to essential benefits that keep families together.  The Bar provided $147,675 to MidPenn, including funding for its family-law attorney and pro bono program coordinator.

Legal Services Task Force

As a result of our strategic planning process, chaired by the Honorable John C. Uhler, the Bar provided $11,500 to convene a Legal Services Task Force.  The Task Force goal is to address the crisis caused by rising poverty and falling funding on our ability to meet the legal needs of the underserved.  A recent economic-impact study in Pennsylvania suggests that for every dollar spent on legal aid, "$11 of quantifiable economic outcomes and savings were realized for all residents of the Commonwealth.”.                                                                                         

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

The Bar gave $95,000 to the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) in 2012 to retain staff and support its operations in providing direct representation, individual and group legal orientations, self-help workshops, and other services to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in our community.

Truancy Prevention

The Bar provided $10,000 for the Truancy Prevention Initiative for staff and operations.

The York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is a coalition of 30+ school teachers and administrators, parents, students, judges, service providers, government agencies, the medical and business communities, and others who have been meeting for years to seek innovative solutions to York’s stubbornly high rate of truancy.  Truancy, defined as three or more unexcused absences from school, has a high correlation with school drop-out rates and criminal activity.  The work of the Truancy Prevention Initiative has dramatically reduced York County’s statewide truancy ranking from 7th worst to 20st.

York County Courts

The Bar gave $8,000 to the adult treatment courts to develop a business plan related to the operations of the Drug, Mental Health, and Veterans courts

The Bar also provided $10,000 for a Self-Represented Litigant Center (SRLC), matching funds granted by the State Justice Institute.  The SRLC will be integrated into the service-delivery plan developed by the Legal Services Task Force as another tool to increase access to legal services to the poor in York County.

 The SLRC, housed in York’s Judicial Center, is a self-help center for people who represent themselves in civil court cases.  Championed by York County President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh, the SLRC should help make the court system more efficient.  "Even for those who have attorneys, this will save them money," he said. "It will make their time in court more streamlined."

 

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