Partnerships key to achieving improved well-being

Partnerships are a solution to social and legal problems that are increasingly overlapping.
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Gary Housepian
Tennessean, The
June 7, 2015
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Tags: Education-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


Knowing how crucial our assistance is, we try to help as many people in our 48-county service area as we can, which includes over 440,000 Tennesseans eligible for our free legal services. Unfortunately, we cannot help everyone.

This is the sobering reality for most nonprofits. The resources of a single organization only go so far. This challenge is highlighted when you recognize that 30 percent of children in Davidson County and 26 percent in Tennessee are living in poverty.

The success in achieving improved well-being of individuals and communities depends on the collaboration of organizations that possess different but equally valuable expertise.

Legal Aid Society seeks to address Tennessee’s systemic issues like poverty, access to health care, domestic violence and unemployment. Undertaking even one of these pressing problems is too massive for one organization to accomplish alone.