WINCHESTER – Blue Ridge Legal Services Inc., a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free legal aid to low-income residents of the Shenandoah and Roanoke Valleys, has received a federal grant for technology initiatives of $ 34,997.
The scholarship was awarded by the Legal services company (LSC) in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization founded by United States Congress law in 1974 to fund groups providing civil legal assistance to low-income people nationwide. According to the company’s website, the LSC-funded initiatives are designed to help people involved in civil proceedings such as legal proceedings, evictions and domestic disputes, who live in households with annual incomes equal to or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.
LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants were established in 2000 to assist legal aid organizations in their efforts to implement technologies that improve efficiency and provide better access to quality legal aid.
Blue Ridge Legal Services, with offices in Winchester, Harrisonburg, Lexington and Roanoke, was one of 29 recipients of this year’s $ 4 million grant, according to an LSC news release.
Blue Ridge plans to use its nearly $ 35,000 grant to conduct a full technology assessment and safety audit to identify areas for improvement, the publication said.
“I know Blue Ridge Legal Services is doing a great job in our communities and this grant will provide the resources needed to continue serving some of our Virginians most in need,” said Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, in the press release .
“Blue Ridge Legal Services is an invaluable partner to my team at 10th. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th,” added the news release. “With this federal grant, they will be able to undertake a full assessment of their technology services with the aim of expanding their reach to serve even more people in our community in a timely and efficient manner.”
To learn more about Blue Ridge Legal Services, visit brls.org.