2016 Community Outreach Projects:
On November 3, 2016, the CVPA hosted a charity basketball game between the Caldwell County Bar Association and Catawba County Bar Association at Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir, NC. The proceeds from this event went to Legal Aid of North Carolina. Members of the CVPA sold tickets and worked the concessions. It was much fun to help out and watch the Catawba County attorneys win the game.
The CVPA delivered several boxes of donations to the Pregnancy Care Center in January. A picture of CVPA member, Amanda Bentley, and the CVPA’s donations will be featured in the Pregnancy Care Center’s newsletter which comes out in June.
The Pregnancy Care Center has an onsite “store” and the women they serve can earn additional free items through a point system. The women earn points by attending child care classes or Bible study and those points go towards extra items. In addition, the Center has an in-house doctor, sonographer and nurse practitioner. They have numerous counselors who deal with anything from rape crisis to depression. A new program they are hosting deals with the loss of a child, whether it is through miscarriage or early death, which is offered to men and women.
The Center is primarily funded through donations and is run mainly by volunteers.
CVPA Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship Winner:
Sarah is enrolled in the paralegal technology program Western Piedmont Community College and plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice
If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship, please mail your check to:
PO Box 3068
Hickory, NC 28603
In the memo section of your check, write: Scholarship Donation.
Remembering and Honoring Lynn Price
A founding member of Catawba Valley Paralegal Association, fellow paralegal and dear friend, Lynn Price, lost her courageous and long-fought battle with cancer on July 16, 2013. Lynn leaves behind a proud legacy of service to the legal community, having worked for attorney John Fuller for 22 years. Lynn was the first active president of CVPA. Under her guidance and leadership, she set us on the path to becoming the important and meaningful paralegal association that we are today. She was spirited and passionate for the causes she supported -- not only CVPA -- but, breast cancer research, juvenile diabetes, and animal rights, among others.
The Board of Directors of Catawba Valley Paralegal Association, Inc. announces the establishment of a scholarship in Lynn's memory at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton:
The CVPA Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship
Consider making a donation to the Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship. In order for your donation to Lynn's scholarship to be tax deductible, your check should be payable to Western Piedmont Foundation, and send directly to the Foundation (address below). Please be sure to note: CVPA Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship on the check. We understand that the Foundation will provide a receipt to all donors, who may use the receipt in connection with a tax deduction.
Attn: Atticus Simpson
Western Piedmont Foundation
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655
You may also mail your check payable to CVPA with the scholarship information in the memo line of your check. Or, give your check to any board member.
Thank your for your support of this worthy cause.
CVPA Paralegal Scholarship at WPCC *
*Renamed: The CVPA Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship after Lynn's passing on July 16, 2013.
After months of planning and background work, the Catawba Valley Paralegal Association (CVPA) Paralegal Scholarship was officially established on June 7, 2013. Community Outreach Committee Members, Betty Winstead and Cyndy Adams met at the Law Offices of Blair E. Cody, III with Atticus Simpson, Vice-President for Student Development at Western Piedmont Community College to finalize details of the scholarship.
The CVPA scholarship is established to assist 2 full-time paralegal students at WPCC with the cost of textbooks and supplies. One $1,000 scholarship will be funded by CVPA per academic year*, in increments of two $500 scholarships. CVPA has funded the first $500 scholarship, with the next funding to occur later in 2013. Exact timing will depend on the availability of funds, donations received, and other considerations by the CVPA Board of Directors. *Whether or not the CVPA scholarship will continue beyond the 2013-2014 academic year will be determined by the 2013-2014 CVPA Board of Directors.
The awards will be authorized by the Executive Director of the Western Piedmont Foundation and Director of Financial Aid, as recommended by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee. The first $500 scholarship will be presented by Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc. this summer for use during the 2013 fall semester. Scholarship award guidelines include that timely application must be made by the applicant to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline each year. Applicants must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards, and be enrolled in the Associate Paralegal Technology degree program at WPCC. Part of the application process is the completion of a personal essay concerning the paralegal profession, with the exact topic to be decided and selection of winning essay to be judged by a panel of judges selected by WPCC. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours toward the degree. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required, and preference will be given to those who demonstrate active participation in the WPCC community activities, including campus activities and community involvement. Recipients of the CVPA scholarship are highly encouraged to attend a spring meeting of CVPA.
CVPA members are strongly encouraged to ask their attorneys and others for donations to the CVPA Paralegal Scholarship. Thus far, we have received small monetary donations from the members and others who have attended the past 3 CPE’s, which we greatly appreciate. However, no firm has made a donation. Please share this article with your attorney, and ask him or her to participate in our scholarship effort.
WPCC has graduated a number of qualified paralegal students who are currently successfully employed in legal environments throughout our district. These scholarships are our small way of giving back to a school who helped us when we began our paralegal careers. The CVPA Board of Directors is pleased to further one of our objectives and purposes, by and through this Community Outreach project. We will continue to promote the paralegal profession through community service activities, including The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association Paralegal Scholarship.
PAST OUTREACH PROJECTS
Children's Book Station, The Corner Table, Women's Resource Center, Catawba County Humane Society, Longview Elementary School, Maiden Elementary School, DSS Emergency Children's Fund and families in need during the holiday season.