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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:

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

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

The Spring of Tampa Bay

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

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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