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Community Involvement

The attorneys and staff at Older, Lundy, Alvarez & Koch have been honored to serve the residents of the greater Tampa Bay area, a community that has been so welcoming and supportive of our firm. In return, we believe it’s our responsibility to give back to the community. One way we do this is by donating our time and resources to help make our community a better and safer place.

We have firm wide community service days, we serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations, we sponsor important charitable events, and we donate financial and other resources to various local organization whose missions serve the Tampa Bay area.

Some of the organizations that we are proud to support are:

Autism Inspired Academy

“It has been an honor to be a part of the Inaugural Board of Directors for Autism Inspired Academy. AIA opened its doors to autistic children in Pinellas County to provide them with the education they deserve to have. This unique school for children with autism creates an environment where character development and social skills are at the forefront of education. Students are consistently held to high expectations that align with their abilities where learning is purposeful and meaningful. The Director and Principal of the school worked tirelessly to make AIA a reality. They opened their doors to children in August of 2020 in the midst of a pandemic. I have been inspired by their passion to help these children whose needs were not being met in the regular public school setting. I am also inspired by the children they are serving, and their amazing talents and gifts.”

Jaime Girgenti, Attorney

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

“I attended the historic West Tampa Boys’ Club from 1976 until about 1983. In those days, it was promoted as “the club that beats the streets.” It was exactly that in every way. I surely would have become a much different person, if not for the staff, coaches, and hard lessons at the boys’ club. Thanks to community support and great management, our local clubs have evolved over the years. While the clubs still provide sanctuary to kids, they do so in a more comprehensive way. The programming is no longer based in sports and recreation. Instead, the clubs have evolved into places where kids can find help with their homework, explore technology, and still pursue their interests in sports. Others can get involved by getting connected and learning about all of the fantastic programs and initiatives in need of volunteers and financial support. The webpage for the clubs is at www.bgctampa.org and contains information on everything, including those folks who work tirelessly to make it all happen. They welcome a call or email from anyone who is interested in becoming involved!”

Rick Alvarez, Partner

Crossroads for Kids

“Crossroads for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides pro bono attorneys to serve as advocates for children in Florida’s foster care system in their dependency, delinquency and criminal proceedings. Supporting Crossroads for Kids is important to me because everyone involved in the foster care system has representation except for the kids. Parents faced with losing their parental rights are appointed counsel by the state, the state is represented by counsel, guardians ad-litem have their own counsel when necessary, but the children themselves are not given counsel. It can really help these kids to feel like they have someone dedicated to help them get what they need and want to the extent possible. Pro bono attorneys are always needed at Crossroads as are donations.”

Amy Stoll, Attorney

Cure Kids’ Cancer NOW! Foundation

“My husband and I founded Cure Kids’ Cancer NOW! Foundation in 2016 to honor our late daughter Emmi Grace who tragically died from the treatments for brain cancer. I am honored to continue to serve as the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors. CURE funds innovative research to find less toxic treatment options for children, especially babies, with cancer. We also support our local children with our “Home for the Holidays” project ensuring that local kids with cancer can spend their holidays at home with their families. We are thrilled that OLA&K has chosen to support our mission to Cure Kids’ Cancer NOW!”

Monica Angel, Chief Strategy Officer

Joshua House

“My relationship with Joshua House began a few years ago when my family provided Thanksgiving dinner in the main dining hall. We ate dinner with all the children, played music and talked with them. It was obvious to me then that Joshua House is a very unique and special organization that provides a true “second chance” to children who may otherwise never be able to become emotionally healthy and happy adults. I later joined the Board of Directors of Friends of Joshua House, and have now served there for a few years. Joshua House is both an organization and a location where boys and girls who have suffered severe emotional trauma reside when other social services cannot give them the individual attention and care that they need to thrive. The living structure of Joshua House is unique to its purpose and success. There are multiple small houses set in a circle around a large activity field. Each house has a small group of children residing together, which gives them all a sense of home that is key to giving them the feeling of family that they would struggle to have elsewhere. There are also community eating and multi-purpose activity areas. The children receive tutoring in not only school, but in life skills as well. Over the last few years, many of the children that reside in Joshua House arrive there after suffering as victims of human trafficking. The severe psychological trauma which they have endured requires much more individualized and specialized attention than the traditional foster care system can provide. Joshua House has been extremely successful in achieving its goal of protecting children from repeated future harm, helping them cope with their prior traumatic life experiences and preparing them to enter the adult world with the tools they need to survive and thrive. Joshua House is a place where its residents are nurtured and cared for and gives them not only a house to live in, but a home to rely on.”

Benjamin Older, Founding Partner

Pace Center for Girls in Pasco

“I’ve been a member of the Pace Center for Girls, Pasco Board of Directors for 8 years. I’ve chaired it twice, and am now returning to Co-Chair it again with another Past Chair. PACE is a nationally recognized, research-based non-residential program that focuses on academics and social services for middle school to high school girls that need support and assistance. Our girls may have trauma, challenging home situations, or medical conditions that make a traditional school experience less-than-ideal at the current time. Most girls stay 12-18 months, and then return to their zoned school. PACE has a gender-responsive, and trauma-informed culture, which provides a safe environment for girls to grow, develop, and celebrate the strength in each other. The program stats are fantastic and nationally renowned – however, it is the anecdotal evidence of success-story after success-story that will steal your heart. I will never not be a supporter of PACE.”

Amanda Colon, Attorney

The Spring of Tampa Bay

If there is something happening in our community that you think we should know about, we’d love to hear from you. For participation requests, please contact our Chief Strategy Officer, Monica Angel, at mangel@olalaw.com

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