The Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) has awarded grants totaling $39,195 to seven area nonprofits for programs that educate people of all ages about the justice system and encourage civic engagement. Grants are made from the MBF Civic Education Fund and reflect the generous support of lawyers and law firms in the community. The foundation has awarded over $400,000 since 2006. To learn more, donate directly or ask about volunteer opportunities, follow the link in each listing below.
League of Women Voters of Portland was granted $5,000 to expand their Voter and Civic Education programs, including civic education panel discussions, voter registration services, candidate and ballot measure forums, unbiased, nonpartisan Voter's Guides in English and Spanish, and outreach to more communities, particularly to ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged communities. Visit the League's website.
Saturday Academy received $5,000, to provide tuition assistance for low-income middle school students to attend Kid Lawyer Camp and Mock Trial Classes, a summer camp that provides a fun, hands-on, in-depth learning experience about the judicial system, incorporating mock trial, speech and debate, forensics and journalism. Visit Saturday Academy's website for more information.
Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees was granted $7,500 to update and expand the curriculum for the Voter Education Project, providing group classes and individual sessions to ensure newly naturalized citizens - particularly people of low income, refugees and asylees - have an understanding of the American voting system, are registered to vote and have proper access. Learn more about SOAR.
For more information about the work of the MBF, contact Pamela Hubbs (503.222.3275, firstname.lastname@example.org).