VLJ Receives 2018 Jefferson Award Medallion

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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice has received the 2018 Jefferson Award Medallion in the Volunteer Group category for outstanding work benefiting the community.

The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 as the official recognition program of the United States Senate. They are considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism.

“We were so honored to be nominated for this award by our Board Chair, Susan McGahan, a steadfast supporter of justice,” says Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of VLJ. “Each nominee has provided extraordinary service to those in need in New Jersey. To have been selected to receive the medallion has been an incredibly humbling experience. Our small team works hard to leverage our resources to provide legal services to thousands of vulnerable clients each year. Thank you to Governor Murphy’s Office and the NJ Office of Volunteerism, as well as everyone involved in the awards process. We are so grateful for the recognition.”

Each year, the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.  In New Jersey, the awards are the official recognition program of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, administered by a partnership that includes the NJ Office of Volunteerism, NJ Advance Media, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, and corporate sponsors, such as PNC Bank, PSEG, BD and others.

VLJ is honored to be recognized as the 2018 Jefferson Award Medallion winner.