Attorney Rivas Aids Danbury Hispanic Center’s Backpack Drive

Cramer & Anderson Attorney Lisa Rivas, an Associate in the firm’s Danbury office who focuses on Immigration Law, participated in the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury’s Backpack Drive on Friday, Aug. 25.

Attorney Lisa Rivas at the Backpack Drive.

Attorney Lisa Rivas at the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury’s Backpack Drive.

The Hispanic Center received donations from area companies, which provided backpacks and/or school supplies, and then prepared the backpacks by adding necessary supplies. They were given to children from the Greater Danbury area who had registered with the Center.

As part of the initiative held at the Family & Children’s Aid building in Danbury, The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut presented information on proper nutrition—and the Center held a raffle with prizes including toys and some bicycles.

“A good education is the foundation for a bright future, and it was an honor to be able to participate in order to help families in need,” said Attorney Rivas.

The Cramer & Anderson table at the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury's Backpack Drive.

The Cramer & Anderson table at the Backpack Drive.

In May of this year, she received the Pro Bono Award during Law Day in events in Danbury for providing free legal assistance and teaching citizenship classes to members of Connecticut’s immigrant community.

As a Hispanic Center volunteer for more than five years, Attorney Rivas teaches a citizenship course she made so popular it went from being offered once a year to four times annually. She teaches two of those four classes herself.

Attorney Rivas also gives free talks on immigration issues that include benefits, drivers’ licenses and more.

To honor Attorney Rivas’ volunteer work, the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury gave her the Above and Beyond Award at a Citizens Recognition Breakfast in June 2016.

An overview of the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury's Backpack Drive.

An overview of the Backpack Drive.

Also in 2016, Attorney Rivas also won a Connecticut Law Tribune New Leaders in the Law award for her advocacy on behalf of the immigrant community.

Attorney Rivas may be reached by phone in the Danbury office of Cramer & Anderson at 203-744-1234, or by email at lrivas@crameranderson.com.

The firm also has offices in New Milford, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the Cramer & Anderson website or call the New Milford office at 860-355-2631.