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RFP: Feasibility Study

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are issuing this Request for Proposal for an independent consulting firm to conduct a Feasibility Study. The study will assess the fundraising potential for ABLE’s 50th anniversary campaign, and a 20th year anniversary campaign for LAWO, in Northwest Ohio. ABLE will celebrate 50 years in 2019. Its partner, LAWO, will celebrate 20 years in 2019. The goals of this study are to:

  • Develop a case for support
  • Understand more about the giving inclination of key donors, prospects and community leaders
  • Discover strategic investment options for donors and prospects to consider
  • Aid in the interviewing and selection of campaign stakeholders
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of the fundraising campaign
  • Identify strategies for addressing potential obstacles
  • Gauge feasibility and sustainability of the campaign
  • Deliver evaluation results
  • Report recommendations for campaign development and timeline

We request written proposals that clearly identify the firm’s personnel qualifications and capabilities to achieve the goals of this study. Proposals also should address proposed approach, strategies, methods, pricing, and references.

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Workshop: Basics of Insurance, Commercial Contracts for Your Small Business

SBWorkshop-051618

SESSION 3 of 3—Employment laws are complicated and constantly evolving. This workshop is designed to help you navigate some of the complexities of our federal and state laws. We'll talk about the basic tax issues related to your business entity; insurance basics; the risks of oral contracts and why a lawyer should review your contracts and more!

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Clergy, ABLE file civil rights complaint against Premier Health

The following article, written by Kaitlin Schroeder, appeared May 4, 2018 in the Dayton Daily News. Read below or view on the DDN's website

Civil rights complaint filed over planned Good Sam closure

A group of clergy has filed a complaint with the federal government saying the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital violates the civil rights of black residents served by the hospital.

The complaint was filed today with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, a little less than four months after Premier Health, which operates Good Samaritan, announced it would be closing the northwest Dayton hospital.

The complaint that was filed states the closing of the 2222 Philadelphia Drive hospital will "have a discriminatory and separate adverse impact on African Americans and women" in violation of the Civil Rights Act and under the Affordable Care Act.

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Workshop: Understanding Small Business Taxes

SBWorkshop-032218

SESSION 2 of 3—Employment laws are complicated and constantly evolving. This workshop is designed to help you navigate some of the complexities of our federal and state laws. We'll talk about employee and independent contractor classification, hiring, supervision and termination of employment, wage and hour compliance, employment issues related to immigration status and more!

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Workshop: Employment Law and Your Small Business

SBWorkshop-032218

Employment laws are complicated and constantly evolving. This workshop is designed to help you navigate some of the complexities of our federal and state laws. We'll talk about employee and independent contractor classification, hiring, supervision and termination of employment, wage and hour compliance, employment issues related to immigration status and more!

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New report finds immigrants play vital role in Ohio economy

State and national philanthropy groups release data on Ohio's immigrants; call for further resources

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), in partnership with a group of philanthropy organizations, has released a new report, Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio's New Americans, revealing that immigrants play a crucial role in Ohio's economy and that further investments in services for immigrants would expand positive outcomes.

"Immigrants and their children represent the majority of projected labor-force growth in the United States over the next four decades," said Richey Piiparinen, director of The Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University and the report's author. "By making investments in supportive services here in Ohio, particularly for our newest immigrants, we can expedite their ability to positively contribute to Ohio's economy."

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RFP: Information Technology Assessment

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is issuing this Request for Proposal to seek an independent technology firm to conduct an Information Technology Assessment. The goals of this assessment are to:

  • Provide objective review of the current state of ABLE's Information Technology Infrastructure and Processes
  • Deliver evaluation results
  • Identify areas of critical need
  • Prioritize key improvement opportunities
  • Develop a roadmap for improvement

We request written proposals that clearly identify the firm's personnel qualifications and capabilities to achieve the goals of this assessment. Proposals also should address proposed approach, strategies, methods, pricing, and references.

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Forced labor spotlighted at trafficking event

The following article, written by Jim Provance, appeared January 11, 2018 in The Toledo Blade. ABLE Attorney Kathleen Kersh was quoted in the story. Read below, or view on The Blade's website.

Harold D'Souza and his family were brought from India in 2003 to the Cincinnati area by a family friend to work in his restaurant.

Upon his arrival his employer, to which Mr. D’Souza’s work visa was tied, took what money and documents he had and threatened to report him for deportation. He was saddled with debt, worked 14 to 16-hour days at the restaurant without pay, had no money or food of his own, and lived with his family on the floor of a one-bedroom apartment.

Months later when authorities were alerted, his employer threw them out. Mr. D’Souza had never heard of human trafficking and specifically never of labor trafficking.

Today, Mr. D'Souza is co-chairman of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, and on Thursday he participated in the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Statehouse. With help, his family has gotten visas allowing them to stay and work in the United States.

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