New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

NHLA receives $10,000 grant from Eastern Bank Foundation

Posted Sep 06, 2017

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has received an Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation grant for $10,000 as part of the bank’s Targeted Grant program, which supports organizations working on behalf of immigrants in Massachusetts,  New Hampshire and Rhode Island for 2017. 

The Foundation is awarding $1.5 million in grants to local nonprofits that address issues facing immigrants, which can include providing assistance for people seeking asylum and for separated families, basic adult education including English for speakers of other languages, workforce training, and support for immigrants serving in the U.S. military. “For hundreds of years, America has promised immigrants that here, the quality of justice you receive does not depend on the amount of money you have,” said Laura Kurzrok, executive director of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, when announcing the program.

“But even in America, the legal system is complicated, and without legal aid, vulnerable people often don’t have a level playing field in court. Eastern Bank has supported immigrants in our communities for more than 30 years, in part by strengthening organizations that address the social, legal and economic challenges facing immigrants and their families.  We understand these issues because, here at Eastern, a large number of our colleagues are immigrants or sons, daughters or grandchildren of immigrants.”

Lynne Parker, executive director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance thanked the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for the grant, saying, “in addition to representing individual clients in court, NHLA pursues systemic change to fulfill our mission. Supported by this grant, we’ll educate New Americans and immigrants about their rights, including their right to access public benefits programs that help families in need make ends meet and avoid homelessness.”

About New Hampshire Legal Assistance Founded in 1971, New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) is a statewide legal aid organization with over four decades of experience in providing free legal services to low-income and elderly individuals with civil legal problems impacting their most basic needs: preserving people’s housing, protecting their subsistence income, obtaining access to health care, and maintaining their safety, independence and dignity. The overarching goal of our advocacy is to enforce the rights of people with urgent legal problems who cannot afford a lawyer to ensure that they receive the protections, services and financial assistance for which they are legally entitled. NHLA currently has a staff of 32 people located in five branch offices (Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth). In 2016, NHLA served over 6,500 New Hampshire residents.


About Eastern Bank

Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $10 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has topped more than $100 million in charitable giving over the past 20 years.  An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900 deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities. Join us for good at