Chester County Bar Foundation awards $175,000 in grants

The Chester County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chester County Bar Association, awarded $175,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations earlier this month.  All grants will help support the foundation’s mission to help Chester County Citizens understand, gain access to, and benefit from our legal system by providing support for programs and services related to the law.

Chester County Bar Foundation President, Sam Cortes, and the Foundation’s Board carefully reviewed grant applications from fifteen local 501c3 organizations. Cortes said, “due to the generosity of the Sponsors and Donors who have given to the Bar Foundation this year, we were able to support a long list of great charitable initiatives.”

Grants were made to:

The Arc of Chester County                                                Advocacy Program

Chester County Fund for Women & Girls                           GirlGov Chester County Program

Crime Victims Center of Chester County                            Direct Services Program

Crist the King Deaf Church                                                New Halfway House for the Deaf

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County                     Legal Program

Family Service of Chester County                                      Kids Come First Program

Friends Association for the Care & Protection of Children  Eviction Court Program

Gateway HorseWorks                                                       Stable Pathways’ Program

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society                                         Immigration Legal Services

Legal Aid of SE Pennsylvania                                             Custody Care Program

SeniorLAW Center                                                            SeniorLAW HelpLine

Volunteer English Program of Chester County                    Legal Counsel and Legal Services Program

West Chester Child Access Center                                     Custody Supervised Visitations Program

Widner/Delaware School of Law                                       Diversionary Discipline Program with the CCIU


Executive Director, Matt Holliday, stated, “We are so fortunate to have the sponsorship support for our Key Gala fundraising event, as well as the commitment to our Foundation Fellow Program, which allows our foundation to support the many worthwhile programs and services within our community.”

This year, the Bar Foundation held their Key Gala at Penn Oaks Golf Club. The event raised over $63,000. The Key Gala’s presenting sponsor, Key Bank, was instrumental in the fundraising success. Other top sponsors included USI Affinity, the law firm of MacElree Harvey, the law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood, S&T Wealth management, and WSFS Bank. All told, the event had the support of 25 Chester County Law Firms and Local Businesses, and the Chester County Bar Foundation is immensely grateful to all of them.

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