WINCHESTER – Blue Ridge Legal Services Inc., a non-profit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of the Shenandoah and Roanoke valleys, received a federal technology initiative grant of $ 34,997.
The grant was issued by the Legal services company (LSC) of Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization created in 1974 by an act of the United States Congress to fund groups that provide civil legal aid to low-income people across the country. According to the company’s website, LSC-funded initiatives are designed to help people involved in civil proceedings such as lawsuits, evictions and domestic disputes who live in households with an annual income of $ 125 or less. % of federal poverty guidelines.
The LSC Technology Initiative Grants were launched in 2000 to support legal aid organizations in their efforts to implement technologies that improve efficiency and provide better access to high-quality legal assistance.
According to a press release from LSC, Blue Ridge Legal Services, which has offices in Winchester, Harrisonburg, Lexington and Roanoke, was one of 29 recipients of this year’s grants totaling more than $ 4 million.
Blue Ridge plans to use its grant of nearly $ 35,000 to conduct a comprehensive technology assessment and security audit to identify opportunities for improvement, the release said.
“I know Blue Ridge Legal Services is doing a great job in our communities and this grant will provide the necessary resources to continue helping some of our most needy Virginians,” Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said in the statement.
“Blue Ridge Legal Services is an invaluable partner to my team in the 10th Congressional District of Virginia, as we know we can always count on their professionalism, their care and, most importantly, their commitment to justice for all the constituents that we. send them, ”said the representative of the United States. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, added in the statement. “With this federal funding, they will be able to do a comprehensive assessment of their technology services with the goal of expanding their reach to help even more people in our community quickly and efficiently.”
To learn more about Blue Ridge Legal Services, visit brls.org.