VLP’s Annual Fundraising Campaign
Dear Friends of VLP,
The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is turning 40! We are celebrating 40 years of providing quality civil legal services to our most vulnerable community members and effectively involving thousands of local lawyers in the delivery of those essential services. Over 300,000 people have benefitted from VLP’s services over the years and Pro Bono Attorneys have donated over 130,000 hours to help the most vulnerable of our community members fight for the basic necessities of life.
We count on the generosity of the WNY community to help us continue our mission. In 2022, VLP represented clients in 5,149 cases, benefiting 13,795 people. Our work benefits families facing eviction, parents seeking support for their children, domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection and divorce, survivors of human trafficking and torture, and immigrants fleeing persecution. We give a voice to unrepresented people who otherwise would not be able to navigate our complicated legal system. In 2022, local attorneys donated 3,232 hours of their time to make sure that our clients’ voices were heard.
Your generous financial support this year will help us to continue with our mission. For many of you this means continuing a long history of giving, for which we are very grateful. For those who have not provided financial support in the past, there has never been a better time to make a commitment to VLP with a donation this year. Undoubtedly, VLP is an important program, long-established by continuous support from the Erie County legal community.
As a part of that community, we call on you and/or your firm to show your support. A donation form for our annual fund drive is enclosed. As a guideline, we ask that your firm give at least $200 per attorney, but we encourage you to give more.
Thank you to all who have supported our important work over the years with your time, expertise, and kind donations. You have improved the lives of countless Western New Yorkers, furthered the highest goals of our profession, and embraced VLP’s mission.