• Women for Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
  • March 5, 2009
  • Law Firm: Martin & Helms, P.C. - Huntsville Office
  • This year, the Women’s Caucus is working on a community outreach project. The Women’s Caucus is working to provide assistance to the Christian Women’s Job Corp. The Christian Women’s Job Corp (“CWJC”) is a non-profit, faith-based agency where women in need are equipped for life and employment through job-readiness classes, computer classes, GED training, Bible study, and mentoring from other women. With the support of area volunteers, the goal is to break the cycle of poverty. The Women’s Caucus of ALAJ will be working this year to assist CWJC in its mission to help women in need break the cycle of poverty in their lives. We are in the process of organizing a clothing drive where we ask membership to gather professional attire and accessories which can be passed along to CWJC participants. The clothing drive will be held in association with the Mid-Winter Seminar, January 22 – 24, 2009, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. We are encouraging all participants in the mid-winter conference to bring business attire, dry-cleaned and labeled by size, to the conference. These items are desperately needed by CWJC participants. In addition, participants can utilize shoes, purses, belts, and other accessories.  Just a few items from each of our closets can make a big difference to CWJC participants and volunteers.

    Also, each CWJC site has a hygiene pantry in which all of the basic necessities can be found – items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, etc. – are readily available and provided to all CWJC participants. Many of these women cannot afford these basic necessities. The Women’s Caucus of ALAJ is calling upon the membership to assist in gathering these items. Like the clothing and accessories, these items can be dropped off during the mid-winter conference. They will be provided to CWJC sites across the state. The hygiene closet is provided to all CWJC participants to assist them in caring for themselves and their families – the necessities which too many of us take for granted.

    For more information concerning CWJC, you can visit their website at www.alabamacwjc.com. The website will provide you with CWJC sites in your area, as well as a detailed “needs- lists” for this organization. Feel free to also contact me directly at [email protected], or by telephone at (256) 536-7423, if you are interested in volunteering in this wonderful organization.

    Another important part of our mission this year is to increase political involvement. The entire ALAJ organization works extremely hard to achieve its mission of making sure that there is a level playing field in our system of justice. This Spring, the Women’s Caucus will host its third annual Women for Justice Day in Montgomery. I urge you to participate in this process. As lawyers, our practices and our clients’ future are governed by the rule of law. This is your opportunity to have a positive voice at the State House to address legislative issues which directly affect your practice and your clients. Participation in the ALAJ Women for Justice Day has grown over the past two years. It has been welcomed by the legislators. I can assure you they truly appreciate the interest and involvement from concerned constituents.

    My hope for this year is to live up to the standards set by this organization and to build upon the accomplishments of the leadership of the previous years. I urge the readers to encourage others to join the Women’s Caucus of ALAJ. By being involved, our members can be a force for positive change. This attitude has been a driving force for this organization.