LIBBY KING | January 19, 2018
The foundation recognized AVLF for the preventative health work our programs accomplish.
We are extremely excited to announce that the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation made a $100,000 commitment to Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Standing with Our Neighbors this January. Over the next two years, AVLF will use the funds to continue ensuring that our clients are living in healthy homes.
The Jesse Parker Williams Foundation works to support highly effective organizations that specialize in preventative health. They seek out nonprofits comprehensively providing access to health services for women and children.
While AVLF is a legal services organization, our work across programs seeks to create healthy living conditions for families. This is especially true with our newest program, Standing with Our Neighbors, which places lawyers in under-performing schools to locate and assist with housing issues. All too often, the work AVLF does centers around mold, rats, and other infestations which can cause serious long-term health effects.
“AVLF’s work is challenging the imbalance of power between landlords and tenants in some of Atlanta’s most under-resourced local communities,” Bonnie Hardage, executive director of the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation said.
“AVLF’s work is challenging the imbalance of power between landlords and tenants in some of Atlanta’s most under-resourced local communities,” Bonnie Hardage, executive director of the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation said. “For families and children, this injustice plays a critical role in safety, stability and healthy living conditions that promote well-being. Jesse Parker Williams Foundation supports highly effective organizations who prioritize improved health access through programs with priorities set to address the social determinants of health. We are proud to partner with AVLF to expand the Standing With Our Neighbors Initiative to relieve suffering and distress and promote health and well-being.”
The Jesse Parker Williams Foundation traces its origins to Cora Best Taylor Williams’s bequest in 1924 establishing the Jesse Parker Williams Hospital to honor her late husband. Her intention was to relieve human suffering and distress, and her specific direction was to assist women and children with medical care.
We are so grateful to work with the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, and we can’t wait to see what the next two years bring us.
Want to learn more about the opportunities our funders have made possible? You can read about other major gifts and what they mean to the organization here.
Libby is originally from Columbus, Georgia. She has served the Atlanta community for almost 17 years in various capacities.
Prior to working at AVLF, Libby worked as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Atlanta Technical College. Prior to this, she raised funds for ovarian cancer research and served in fundraising and community outreach roles at Visiting Nurse|Hospice Atlanta. She was a communications assistant in the Office of Governor Roy E. Barnes after graduating from Clemson University with a BA in Political Science.