Monday, January 21, 2013

A caring community steps forward to collect a $5,000 matching donation for Pro Bono from Doxpop.

For several years, Wayne County and the City of Richmond have enjoyed the benefit of having a local Pro Bono office with regular walk-in hours and a calm, understanding staff ready to help people in need. This office was funded in part by the Robert Maley Pro Bono Foundation, and in part by IOLTA funds directed from the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.

Then in 2012, the Indiana Pro Bono Commission reduced the number of Pro Bono districts in Indiana from 14 to 12. This redistricting process resulted in Wayne County and the City of Richmond becoming a part of "District J", which has one office... In Lawrenceburg. (Yep... 60 miles away.) It's a nice office with helpful people, but that's a long distance for someone in Richmond who needs more than a telephone interview.

Fortunately, our local legal community has stepped up to the challenge, and the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission now provides most of the funding that used to come from the State with local donations.  However, every year, it's a challenge for them to fully fund the office.

This year, Doxpop decided to do our part by making a matching donation challenge to our community. Doxpop offered to match any individual donations to the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission up to a total of $5,000. We're proud to say that in less than a month, 28 of our our neighbors stepped forward with enough individual donations to claim the entire $5,000 in matching funds. We're mighty proud of those neighbors!

Doxpop also provides free service to any of Indiana's 12 district Pro Bono coordinators and their staff, and has been providing free service to the excellent staff of Indiana Legal Services since 2006. If you are a volunteer or paid staff member of any of these organizations, and are not already taking advantage of this service, please give us a call at 866-369-7671 so we can support the good work that you do.

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