As public funds shrink, legal aid programs increasingly looking to private donations
Shareholder Emily Gray Rice was quoted in an August 29 Concord Monitor article on the need for increased private donations in the wake of the declining public funds available for legal aid programs in New Hampshire which provide services to low-income clients including the elderly, veterans and domestic violence victims for free or at reduced rates. As the need for these programs grows annually and public funding decreases, legal assistance groups are looking to community stakeholders and local business for additional funding.
The 15th Annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is hoping to raise $350,000 in support of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center in Concord. As chair of the Campaign for Legal Services, Rice explains “For us it’s a labor of love,” adding “we could work full time in order to do this because the need is so great.”