|HCBF Annual Grant Process and Grantees|
The Hennepin County Bar Foundation generally operates on an annual grant-distribution cycle.
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Questions regarding HCBF's annual grant making? Contact Joy Hamilton at email@example.com or 612-752-6614.
2013 Recipients of HCBF Annual Grants
When you give to the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, your dollars are pooled with those of thousands of other HCBA members to support the following organizations that promote access to justice for the people of Hennepin County:
Asian Women United of Minnesota - www.awum.org
"We offer programs for domestic violence victims and their children, and the community at large. We help empower Asian women and girls to support each other. We also give volunteers and others a meaningful way to get involved in ending domestic violence."
Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project - www.bwlap.org
"BWLAP provides legal information, consultation, state-wide training, litigation support, technical assistance and develops model policy for domestic violence programs around confidentiality, record keeping, conflict of interest and children's records, to name a few. We are a unique agency that advocates for system change, advocates to secure access to justice and, advocates to improve the legal system's response to battered women and children. We exist to respond effectively to the constantly evolving legal needs of battered women and we are the first resource people turn to in a legal crisis."
Breaking Free - www.breakingfree.net
"Our mission is to educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitution/sex trafficking) and need assistance escaping the violence in their lives. ...Breaking Free has become one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. Over the last 16 years, Breaking Free has served more than 5,000 clients and reached over 22,000 individuals via street outreach while systematically growing its programming to embrace a full continuum of care."
CASA Minnesota (Court Appointed Special Advocate) - www.casamn.org
"CASA volunteers—also known as Guardians ad Litem in the State of Minnesota—are everyday citizens whom judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are in the court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives. CASA Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Minnesota CASA programs and the volunteers who have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes."
Children's Law Center of Minnesota - www.clcmn.org
"CLC is appointed by the court to provide legal representation to children who are either wards of the state – 'legal orphans'– or have been removed from their homes because they are in need of protection. CLC also represents foster children who request help. CLC provides this quality representation free of charge. When children are taken from abusive or neglectful parents, they need to know their legal rights. CLC advocates help children understand the system and help judges and other court workers understand what the children want."
Civil Society - www.civilsocietyhelps.org
"(Our) mission is to empower disadvantaged communities to become safe and secure by providing direct civil legal services to crime victims, including victims of human trafficking. Civil Society also provides presentations regarding human trafficking victimization, services to human trafficking victims, and identification and outreach to human trafficking victims. Civil Society serves to provide safety and services, outreach and comprehensive medical, dental, shelter, food, clothing, ESL, and vocational counseling to human trafficking victims."
Council on American-Islamic Relations, MN - www.mn.cair.com
"CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR's Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans."
Division of Indian Work - www.diw.gmcc.org
"The Division of Indian Work empowers American Indian people through culturally based advocacy, education, counseling and leadership development. DIW is the oldest direct-service organization for American Indians in the Twin Cities. DIW operates a family of programs to help urban American Indian adults and youth succeed. Our headquarters sits in the heart of the Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods of Minneapolis — the center of the city’s American Indian population."
Employment Action Center, a division of RESOURCE, Inc. - www.eac-mn.org
"EAC empowers and prepares individuals and families to achieve their education and employment potential, while building diversity and actively opposing racism. EAC is guided by the vision that all people will achieve respect, value and success at home, in school, and in the workplace. EAC’s goals are to provide comprehensive education, employment and family support services to low income youth, adults and families and to ensure their academic achievement, economic success and family stability."
Hennepin County Bar Association - www.hcba.org
Grants from the HCBF support the community service efforts of the HCBA, including the use of Language Line for callers to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service in need of translation services, and the Legal Stuff booklet for high school students and new immigrants.
HOME Line - www.homelinemn.org
"HOME Line provides free legal, organizing, educational and advocacy services so tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. HOME Line works to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process. Major programs include: tenant hotline services, tenant organizing and policy advocacy."
ICWA Law Center (Indian Children's Stability Program) - www.icwlc.org
"The Indian Child Welfare Law Center works to strengthen, preserve and reunite Indian families. The ICWLC is a non-profit, legal services organization that provides legal representation to parents, family members, Indian custodians and children, who are involved in legal matters governed by the ICWA. We are committed to providing culturally appropriate quality legal services to Indian families."
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota - www.ilcm.org
"Our mission is to provide quality immigration legal services, law-related education, and advocacy to meet the steadily increasing needs of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. We realize this mission by: remedying legal problems; providing quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all nationalities; preventing legal problems; providing law-related education to immigrants and refugees of all nationalities and raising public awareness of immigration issues and encouraging sound public policy that protects the universal human rights of immigrants and is both compassionate and practical."
LAO Advancement Organization of America - www.laoamerica.org
"The Lao Advancement Organization of America (L.A.O. America) builds upon the strengths and traditions of Lao Culture, to give Lao families in Minnesota, and in the United States, the tools they need to succeed in their new homeland. The mission of L.A.O. America is to be an advocate for providing education, employment, and economic opportunity for Lao people at all stages of life."
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers - www.mnlcl.org
"Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides a free, confidential Lawyers Assistance Program for Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate family members. This program offers help to those affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions; depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses; stress and other life-related problems; and any condition which negatively affects the quality of one’s life at work or at home."
LegalCORPS - www.legalcorps.org
"LegalCORPS assists small businesses and nonprofits, especially those that strengthen Minnesota’s low-income communities, by providing individuals and organizations with business law services they could not otherwise afford. It seeks to provide quality pro bono legal services to increasing numbers of clients throughout Minnesota, so they can focus their time and resources on pursuing their objectives. LegalCORPS delivers free business law assistance exclusively through the services of volunteer attorneys."
Legal Rights Center - www.legalrightscenter.org
"The Legal Rights Center (LRC) represents, without charge, low-income people and people of color who have legal problems associated with the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems. LRC attorneys, community workers, and mediators are committed to protecting their clients' constitutional rights while assisting with the personal and social issues that often lead to the need for legal services. The geographical focus of LRC's work is Hennepin County."
Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota - www.lrapmn.org
"LRAP increases vital legal aid for low-income families and individuals by helping dedicated attorneys accept and retain positions serving low-income clients. LRAP (provides) education loan repayment assistance to legal aid attorneys with a demonstrated financial need, thus enabling these attorneys to help more than 10,000 low-income clients annually with their basic essential needs like safety and shelter."
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans - www.mac-v.org
"MACV exists to directly help veterans and their families affected by homelessness or those in danger of becoming homeless. It also strives to serve, inform, educate and train others to carry a message of hope. As a result, MACV aims to set a national standard for respectfully meeting housing and supportive service needs of veterans while maintaining the worth and dignity of all those involved."
Minnesota Justice Foundation - www.mnjustice.org
"For 31 years MJF has secured legal aid for thousands of under-represented Minnesotans by coordinating the efforts of volunteer law students and attorneys. The Minnesota Justice Foundation's most basic goal and the driving philosophy behind it is to link volunteer law students with opportunities to assist attorneys in meeting the legal needs of the low-income community."
Peace and Hope International - www.peaceandhopeinternational.org
"Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope) strives to help persons and communities whose rights have been violated obtain justice and become whole. We do this through the provision of direct services that include legal representation and advocacy, psychological, social, and economic rehabilitation, education and training, and humanitarian aid."
Restorative Justice Community Action - www.rjca-inc.org
"The mission of RJCA is to improve community livability through restorative justice practices. RJCA creates a forum in which people impacted by livability crimes meet with offenders who commit the crimes to discuss the impact and determine restitution. It is through these community forums that RJCA achieves its primary objectives of effectively addressing livability crime which helps prevent further crime and community deterioration while repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. RJCA also provides opportunities for community-building by creating relationships within neighborhoods allowing people to work together to reinforce norms of acceptable behavior."
Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership - www.sng.org/justice.html
"Our Mission is to build community by providing the opportunity to repair harm by involving the victim, offender, and community in solutions that promote healing, accountability, and reconciliation. As an alternative to court, we conduct Restorative Group Conferencing through agreements with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Police Department."
Volunteers of America - www.voamn.org
"Estate & Elder Law Services is dedicated to helping clients accomplish their goals and plan for the future. We serve as strong advocates for our clients’ interests. We also meet our clients’ needs with uncommon sensitivity. We assist clients with: wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts, medical assistance planning, real estate matters."
Volunteer Lawyers Network (the pro bono arm of the HCBA) - www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org
"VLN provides free civil legal services to low-income persons through volunteer attorneys. VLN engages the vast human resources of the private bar in addressing some of the most pressing legal issues facing struggling individuals and families in our community. Our volunteer attorneys preserve and protect the rights of the most vulnerable among us. VLN focuses its services to protect basic human needs, including shelter, sustenance, safety, and child custody."