MVLS Receives Innovation Award

John Kern, accepting the Innovation Award, alongside Claudia Wilson Randall (left) and Odette Ramos (right) of Community Development Network of Maryland

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) was proud to accept the Community Development Network (CDN) of Maryland’s Innovation Award for our Advance Planning Project during their Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on November 7, 2019, at the Randallstown Community Center. CDN hosted and presented several awards that honor organizations engaging in extraordinary community development work and support their goal to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the community development sector through Maryland’s urban, suburban, and rural communities. The Innovation Award is presented to an entity that has implemented a practice that reflects a new way of thinking about the problem to be solved.

MVLS’ Advance Planning Project Coordinator, John Kern, accepted the award on behalf of MVLS at the conclusion of CDN’s Community Development Week, a week of events designed to promote the important economic and social impact of community development in Maryland.

MVLS’ Advance Planning Project assists Baltimore City residents with their estate planning so that they may stay in their homes, pass on their assets, and build intergenerational wealth. MVLS has formed a network of community partners from the faith, healthcare, and civic communities in order to raise awareness about the importance of estate planning, namely the risks and costs involved in failing to prepare, but also the tremendous benefits of having the proper legal documentation in order as we look to the future of our families and communities. MVLS is thrilled that the importance of estate planning is being recognized state-wide, and we were honored to accept this award. We also extend an enormous thank you to our many volunteers and donors who make this work possible.

See below for a full list of award recipients:

Innovation Award

Sudlersville Community Laundromat

Advanced Planning Project-Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service


Collaboration Award

Purple Line Corridor Coalition

HUBS Program- Civic Works


Impact Award

For All Seasons


Legacy Award

William Ariano, Baltimore Community Lending

Chickie Grayson, Enterprise Homes


President’s Award

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Leadership, and housing advocates


Posthumous Recognition

Congressman Elijah Cummings

Ed Rutkowski

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