women’s resource fair
The Austin Young Lawyers Association and its Foundation will hold its tenth annual Women’s Resource Fair on Saturday, April 8, 2017, benefiting women experiencing homelessness and survivors of domestic violence. We are seeking sponsors to support this worthwhile community event.
The Women’s Resource Fair is a comprehensive all day program that provides a variety of free resources, including legal assistance, medical care and mental health services, job skills and educational counseling, social services, financial counseling, haircuts, a clothing closet, childcare, breakfast and lunch.
AYLA is excited to report that over the past eight years, the event has helped nearly 2,800 women and children in our community. We expect to have a huge turnout this year given the obvious need for the event.
The response of the participants and the community that serves this population has been overwhelmingly positive. The following are excerpts from surveys completed by attendees regarding what they liked most about the fair: “The many resources available that I never thought to consider”; “Legal and Medical”; “The fact that all services were available at one location”; “Medical help which I wouldn’t have done for years, if at all”; “Access to legal services. Food”; “Information about domestic violence”; “Food/clothes”; “Very informative and everyone was very helpful”; and “Everything-I am truly grateful.”
Volunteers & Donations Needed for AYLA Women’s Resource Fair, April 8
The Austin Young Lawyers Association is organizing the tenth annual Women’s Resource Fair. Volunteers & donations are needed. The event provides hundreds of homeless and low-income women with a full day of all types of services, including legal advice, medical exams, haircuts, child care, and a chance to shop for clothing and shoes.
The Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center located at 1300 Lavaca Street (near the First United Methodist Church). Volunteers are needed to help assist with set-up, clean-up, registration, distributing gift bags, and general duties. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact Lauren Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also seeking volunteers to provide legal advice and assistance in the areas of family law, immigration, criminal law, estate planning, bankruptcy/collections, public benefits, landlord/tenant law and consumer issues, among other matters. We are also seeking attorneys who speak other languages or legal staff that can assist as interpreters. We have two shifts available – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Kara Batey at KBatey@branscombpc.com to sign up.
Also, donations of gently used women’s clothing of all types and sizes are being sought for inclusion in the clothing closet at the Women’s Resource Fair. Please contact Debbie Kelly at Debbie@austinbar.org if you have any questions.
This project also needs your financial support. We accept any level of donation. Special acknowledgement will be given at the levels below.
Your donation is tax-deductible and can be sent to the AYLA Foundation at 816 Congress Ave., Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701, ATTN: Debbie Kelly. Or, donate now through the button below.