Mark your calendars for the Lancaster County Extraordinary Give, occurring this week on Friday, November 18th. Russell, Krafft & Gruber is thrilled to participate in the #Extragive as a Commonwealth Court Sponsor of the Lancaster Law Foundation, one of the numerous nonprofits fundraising during the event.
The Lancaster Law Foundation (formerly known as the Lancaster Bar Association Foundation) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Lancaster County residents by promoting equal access to justice through philanthropy, education, and service. The Foundation funds public interest law projects, coordinates with local attorneys in delivering pro bono service, and educates the public on civic and legal issues.
In 2022 the Foundation, as part of the Community Grants Program, granted $84,000 to local nonprofits making a difference in our community. The Foundation also spent about $4,000 to create two new comfort rooms at the Lancaster County Courthouse. These rooms are intended to ease anxiety for children who must testify in court in custody and protection from abuse hearings. We at Russell, Krafft & Gruber are proud to have two attorneys serve on the Lancaster Law Foundation board, Julia G. Vanasse, Esq. and Nichole M. Baer, Esq.
The Foundation, the Lancaster Bar Association, and Lancaster Area Paralegal Association have also assisted in the Lancaster County Wills for Heroes program by providing resources (including laptops, printers, and ink) and helping the local coordinators obtain attorney and paralegal volunteers. The Wills for Heroes Foundation is a nationwide program formed in the aftermath of 9/11 to assist first responders, military veterans, essential pandemic personnel, and their spouses in obtaining essential estate planning documents free of charge.
The last 2022 WFH event was on November 12, 2022, and served almost 40 first responders and their spouses. The November event had a considerable turnout of volunteers and was appreciated immensely by those first responders utilizing the program. The 2023 WFH events are scheduled for April 1, 2023, June 10, 2023, and November 11, 2023, and will be held at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. If interested in participating in the event as a volunteer, please contact Nichole M. Baer, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if someone you know needs the services of the Lancaster County Wills for Heroes program, please contact Cindy Cochran at Lancasterwfh@gmail.com to be placed on the waitlist. The 2023 Lancaster Wills for Heroes Coordinators are Evan Denlinger, Esq., Nichole M. Baer, Esq., Jessica Hamilton, and Cindy Cochran.
Please consider participating in the Lancaster #ExtraGive this year. Visit extragive.org for more information.