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The 313 Project needs your Facebook votes

May 15, 2013

The 313 Project is in the running against 11 other organizations to win a $250,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, and your Facebook votes are needed.

The 313 Project, a nonprofit organization founded by three Wayne State University Law School students who are now alumnae — Aisa Villarosa Berg, Erika Riggs and Julianne Rivera — connects the legal community to Detroit’s underserved population through pro bono, charitable and educational efforts, as well as a lot of hard physical work by volunteers.

The nonprofit won a Facebook voting contest in January held monthly by Home Depot’s Aprons in Action, and received $25,000. Now all of the winning groups are vying for the grand prize of $250,000.

“The runner-up organization receives $150,000, and the second runner-up receives $100,000,” Berg said. “As with the $25,000 grant, all of the grant monies received if we win will go toward The 313 Project’s Detroit-based service, educational and charitable efforts, particularly our initiatives to serve veterans in need and young people impacted by the juvenile and foster care system. We’re excited to move forward with these projects, and hope that you can continue to support us as we grow and expand.”

The 313 Project’s volunteers, including many Wayne Law students, alumni and faculty members, renovated Romanowski Park in southwest Detroit last summer; conducted many legal clinics, counseling veterans on benefits disability law, bankruptcy law and issues of family law; provided college scholarships to Detroit youth; and adopted needy families for the holidays, among other initiatives.

Visit Aprons in Action on Facebook once a day to vote through May 31.


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