Whereas, the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania takes great pride in recognizing those organizations which contribute to the well-being of all Pennsylvanians; and
Whereas, Philadelphia VIP is committed to helping our most vulnerable citizens maneuver the legal system through their pro bono attorney representation spearheaded by volunteer lawyers and experts. Founded in 1981 as the pro bono arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association, they fill an urgent, unmet need for civil legal services; and
Whereas, Philadelphia VIP’s mission is to leverage the powerful resources of the Philadelphia legal community to ensure that residents of Philadelphia have access to justice, no matter their income; and
Whereas, Philadelphia VIP takes great pride in matching their client base which includes but is not limited to families, small businesses, low-income individuals, and non-profits to a host of volunteer attorneys;
Whereas, December 2019 marks the first time in their thirty-eight-year history that Philadelphia VIP has placed 1,000 cases in one year, reaching a significant milestone in the agencies history of serving the public.
Now therefore, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania congratulates Philadelphia VIP for their work and accomplishments; offers sincere best wishes for continued success and service to the City of Philadelphia;
And directs, that a copy of this citation, sponsored by the Honorable Brian Sims, of the 182nd Legislative District, on December 18, 2019, be transmitted to Philadelphia VIP Headquarters, at 1500 Walnut St #400, Philadelphia, PA 19102.