Our lawyers are pleased that they have been able to provide financial support to the following organizations that are working to better our community:
Kids’ Chance of North Carolina, providing educational scholarships to the children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job.
Camp LUCK, operating medically-supervised camps in Kings Mountain State Park for children with heart disease.
The Dispute Settlement Center, teaching young people to resolve conflicts amicably and helping to reduce youth crime.
The “Share Your Christmas” program co-sponsored by the Durham Bar Foundation, providing holiday gifts to disadvantaged Durham residents.
The Miracle Group, formerly the Miracle League of Charlotte. Founded to build a baseball field for disabled children, the group now organizes fundraising events for others in need—such as “Beach or Bust,” a two-day cycling event to raise money for people living with MS.
Mooresville Area Cyclists, teaching the benefits of cycling and promoting family bonds, volunteer work, and charity in the Lake Norman community.
North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), operating a food pantry in Raleigh and offering other resources for disadvantaged families.
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, working in the legislature and the justice system to protect injured people, promote safety legislation, and alleviate discrimination. NCAJ sponsors Free Legal Help, a program giving North Carolina individuals free access to basic legal information and short initial consultations with lawyers.
NC Dominators, a girls’ fastpitch softball organization.
Save the Children Softball League.
Town of Hope Mills, Holy Hitters softball team.
Triangle Community Foundation, investing in nonprofits, schools, and community efforts in the Triangle area of North Carolina.
United Way of the Greater Triangle, supporting programs that seek to alleviate hunger, poverty, and educational disparity in the Triangle.
Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, advocating for injured workers in need of medical treatment and compensation for lost wages, and promoting safety in the workplace.
American Association for Justice, promoting the rights of workers, consumers, and patients.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, supporting and educating victims of crime and their families, and advocating on their behalf.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of Durham: youth group leader, vestry member, lay reader, usher, American Sign Language interpreter, Hispanic ministry.
President, Hillsborough Rotary Club. Among other activities, the Hillsborough Rotary serves meals at Ronald McDonald House and SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals and hosts an annual pancake dinner to raise scholarship funds for high school students with a strong record of community involvement. Leto also served as counselor to a Rotary exchange student from Thailand, and has participated in the Rotary-sponsored Global Run 4 Water, which helps provide clean drinking water to families worldwide.
Legal Aid of North Carolina, providing free legal services to low-income families, mostly women and children. Leto served on the board for five years, and was its secretary and treasurer.
Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce member.
Co-founder of Bike Law, a network of attorneys advocating for the rights and safety of cyclists. Bike Law sponsors People for Bikes, the League of American Bicyclists, and the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking, organizations working to create safer roads and stronger, more bicycle-friendly communities.
Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance, working to create a bicycle-friendly community through cycling awareness, education, safety advocacy and promotion of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
Regularly sponsors and participates in cycling events around the state; involved in community organizing and promoting bicycle safety; frequent speaker to clubs, groups, and at events on bicycle safety.
ACLU of North Carolina, carrying out legal and educational work to preserve civil liberties. Valerie served on the board for three years and held the positions of secretary and treasurer.
Legal Aid of North Carolina: Valerie participates and provides free legal services as a lawyer for low income people with employment cases.
Union Baptist Church of Durham, member.
Rogers Herr Middle School, Volunteer and Mock Trial Coach.
The Angel Tree: among other projects, provides Christmas gifts to children of prisoners.