Do you support justice for ALL?
If so, support the 2019 Access to Justice Campaign benefiting Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
There is a justice gap in Mecklenburg County just as there is across the country, and it plays a role in our community’s stability. One in three residents is low-income, and 71 percent of low-income residents are likely experiencing a civil legal issue that has significantly affected their lives.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid fight on their behalf every day to ensure fairness under the law that preserves stability and allows them make ends meet.
However, with limited resources between these two organizations, there is one legal aid attorney for every 11,500 low-income residents. Families are in desperate need of legal assistance, but they can’t afford it. A friend can’t help; a church can’t help; a social worker can’t help—these families need a lawyer who understands what to do in front of a judge when stability is on the line.
Hear what our 2018 Justice For All keynote, Federico Rios has to say about our work:
Your Commitment Matters
The financial support provided by YOU, along with contributions from individuals, law firms, companies and other organizations, gives low-income people in Charlotte access to the justice system that they otherwise would not be able to afford.
Safety, Economic Security, Family Stability
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Did you know that for every dollar spent at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, 89 cents goes toward client services?
The Access to Justice campaign is the most reliable tool we have to ensure we continue to serve those facing crisis of safety, shelter, health or income when traditional funding sources, like the elimination of state funding, go away. Your gift enables us to provide critical services to people in crisis.
One third of Mecklenburg County residents are eligible to receive our services. Without legal representation in civil matters, thousands of families can lose financial security, health care, housing and opportunity.
Make a secure donation today to the Access to Justice Campaign, benefiting Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and our partner in justice Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte. You can also direct your gift to a particular program or to Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s general fund. Thank you for your support!
About the Campaign
Since 1989 the Access to Justice Campaign has raised more than $4 million for legal services to low-income people from members of the Mecklenburg County Bar and community supporters. The joint campaign with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is one of our major sources of revenue for our programs, giving both organizations the flexibility to direct funding to where it is needed most.
What is Justice for All?
Since 2007, the Access to Justice Campaign has concluded with Justice for All, a celebration to honor our supporters, clients and service to the community.
In 2018, Justice for All is moved to the fall as an annual kick-off celebration to the Access to Justice Campaign.
Why do Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid raise money together?
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid have always been Partners in Justice.
From 1967 to 2002, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid were one organization. In 1996, Congress imposed service restrictions on organizations that received federal legal services funds. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy had been receiving these funds since 1975, but the organization was concerned about how these new restrictions would impact ongoing services to clients.
On July 1, 2002, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy reorganized into two agencies. One agency continued to work in the Charlotte area under the current name, and chose not to receive the federal funds after the transition, which allowed Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy to continue providing some of the services that the funding would have restricted to low-income people in Charlotte. The other agency, Legal Aid, became part of a new statewide organization.
The reorganization enabled both agencies to serve more low-income people in a wider variety of cases than they otherwise would have been able to do, while coordinating services and resources to efficiently serve the Charlotte region.
The reorganization and partnership make it possible to assist all groups of clients in Charlotte, especially immigrants, and to address civil legal problems affecting large numbers of low-income clients. For more than 50 years, legal help has been available for low-income people in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties who cannot afford to pay a private lawyer to represent them in civil cases.
How Can I Help?
You can support Access to Justice Campaign at any point during the year.
Cash Gift: Make a one time or recurring gift through this website by clicking here or the Donate Now button at the top of the page.
Mail a gift: Access to Justice Campaign 1431 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28204
Stock: We accept stock donations through our FFTC funding.
Honorariums or Memorials: Consider making a gift to support Access to Justice in honor or in memorial of a co-worker, friend or family member.
Attend the Justice for All Breakfast: Held each year in the fall, the annual event is a highlight and celebration of our supporters and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid’s service to clients in our community.
Contact Maria Byers, development specialist, at 704-808-4140 to make a gift over the phone or for more information.