Vinson & Elkins to Distribute Nearly a Half-Million Dollars in Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds to Local Non-Profits
Vinson & Elkins LLP announced that it will direct donations of
nearly a half-million dollars from its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to local
non-profit organizations that are directly assisting storm victims and
repairing damage to Houston and its surrounding areas.
“We hope that these
donations will benefit our city as it continues to recover from Hurricane
Harvey’s devastating impact,” said Scott Wulfe, Managing
Partner of the firm. “V&E has a long history of giving back to our
communities and these funds are being directed to organizations making an
impact helping in the recovery efforts.”
The V&E Fund, established in August following the storm and
maintained by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, received a total of 370
individual donations from lawyers, staff, alumni, clients, vendors and friends
of the firm from across the globe. The firm matched those donations.
“V&E has been a proud member of the Houston business
community for 100 years, and we want to do everything we can to give back
during what has been one of the most trying periods in the city’s history,”
V&E Chairman Mark Kelly said. “We are so
grateful to everyone in the V&E family for their generosity.”
In connection with V&E’s 100th anniversary, and based on
greatest need and the ability to make the biggest impact, the firm is
allocating four distributions of $100,000 each to the following organizations:
Texas Access to Justice Foundation. The pro bono legal assistance provider
works directly with local volunteer agencies to provide free legal assistance
to low-income storm survivors including securing FEMA benefits, insurance
claims, home repair contracts, replacing wills and other important documents
and mortgage/landlord problems.
United Way of Greater Houston. Through partnerships with local
organizations such as Catholic Charities, Crisis Assistance Center, Houston
Food Bank, Interfaith Ministries, Jewish Family Service and San Jose Clinic,
the United Way will allocate 100% of V&E’s donations to helping local
residents recover from Hurricane Harvey, focused on those with the greatest
need – the elderly, disabled and low-income families.
Theater District Houston Foundation. Downtown Houston’s cultural
centers were hard hit as a result of the hurricane. No theater was untouched by
flood waters, and numerous repairs are still underway with performances
relocated or canceled. The donation to Theater District Houston Foundation will
help preserve arts and culture by assisting venues as they repair and rebuild,
including Alley Theater, Houston Ballet Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Center and
Houston Grand Opera.
Houston Parks Board. The Board oversees development and
maintenance of the Bayou Greenways and related parks and trails, working with
Harris County Flood Control District. Houston’s bayous and parks offer flood
management as natural channels for water flow into the Gulf. Further developing
our bayou systems and keeping them cleared of debris are important investments
for future flood prevention.
V&E will contribute the additional money raised by the Fund
to organizations that directly assist local low-income families and individuals
-- including senior citizens and special needs residents -- in need of housing
assistance and home rehabilitation. These organizations include Houston Habitat
for Humanity, Avenue CDC, The Center and Texas Appleseed.
As an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers
across 16 offices worldwide, V&E is deeply committed to
empowering all of the communities it serves through pro bono work for the
underserved, devoting significant time and resources to those who cannot afford
legal services. In addition to funds raised for Hurricane Harvey relief, the
firm contributes more than $2 million annually to hundreds of charitable,
educational and cultural organizations across the world.