Social Justice Charity Partner Selection 2019-2021
August 3, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples
6340 Napa Woods Way
Naples, FL 34116
Re: UUCGN Social Justice Partnership Grant Application by Legal Aid Service of Collier County
Dear Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Social Justice Committee members,
Kindly accept this letter and the enclosed materials in support of the Social Justice Grant Partnership Application submitted by Legal Aid Service of Collier County (‘LASCC’) for the 2019 grant term.
LASCC is a private, non-profit law firm providing free legal services to more than 3,300 clients in need annually in Collier County who face a legal matter of life changing significance who cannot afford an attorney. Our lawyers are extraordinarily dedicated to serving the poor, the vulnerable and those at-risk living in our community to keep them safe, healthy, and to enable them to meet basic needs.
The grant application by LASCC seeks to bolster our capacity to address the emergent legal needs of Immigrants living in Collier County and our Immokalee office. Specifically, we seek $15,000 in annual partnership funding to help to retain a key employee – an Immigration law paralegal who has served local immigrants for 20 years – and to deploy this paralegal in a manner in 2019 which will allow LASCC to more swiftly and efficiently process emergent applications for assistance by immigration clients in need. This support is vitally needed, as very little traditional grant funding sources prioritize legal assistance to undocumented immigrants or their family members.
Many local immigrants and their family members live in crisis at this time, and conditions are projected to get worse in 2019 when demand for LASCC’s services is projected to spike. Undocumented immigrants continue to be targeted aggressively for pickup and removal by ICE and local law enforcement under 287(g) enforcement powers as policies have radically changed, tearing families apart through separation or deportation. Furthermore, DACA and TPS recipients will face the loss of their work authorizations and driver’s licenses, and many asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors fleeing danger from abroad will flood Immigration Courts seeking help in greater numbers.
LASCC and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation share many common values and goals, and the project for which funding is sought reflects several – a commitment to human rights, equal justice for all, and upholding the dignity and right to security of all people regardless of their status. Thank you for your gracious consideration of our grant request.
Jeffrey A. Ahren, Director of Development, Legal Aid Service of Collier County
Checklist of items attached:
Proposal Narrative (3 pages)
List of Board Members
Brief description of key staff – Bio of Ana Rivera, Immigration law Paralegal
Organization Chart - LASCC
Financial Statement – audited
990 IRS Filing
IRS determination letter