Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here

For the community at large:
  • Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) is a group of organizers and community members who are helping facilitate the exchange of services, donations and volunteer time in Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can request help at
  • Childcare Request from CPR - click here
  • Free child care for essential workers provided by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland - click here
  • The Greater Cleveland Food Bank:
  • Local free meals - click here
  • If your employment situation has changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP office - click here for Cuyahoga County.
  • Basic needs items for families from Providence House - click here
  • Comcast to offer free broadband to low-income households amid Coronavirus crisis - click here
  • COVID-19 interest-free emergency loans from HFLA of Northeast Ohio - click here
  • If your financial situation has changed with the COVID-19 outreach, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Go to the Medicaid Eligibility website to see if you qualify and start the enrollment process.
  • Many community health clinics offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay. In Cuyahoga County, resources include Care Alliance or Neighborhood Family Practice.
  • If you or a member of your family is undocumented, please do not forgo medical help! Learn more about how seeking treatment or preventative care will NOT affect your immigration status by clicking here.
  • Check how your bank is responding to the coronavirus crisis - click here 
For nonprofits:
  • Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund: resources to nonprofit organizations serving on the frontlines of the pandemic in our region - click here
  • Reach Out: Legal Assistance for Nonprofits: for past seminar materials, visit To be added to the Reach Out mailing list for notice of upcoming seminars or to apply for pro bono legal assistance, click here.
  • Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act (Including Those Loans You’ve Been Hearing About to Cover Payroll and That Don’t Need to Be Paid Back) - click here
  • CMBA Hot Talks on the CARES Act 03/31/20: CARES Act overview by Melissa Jones of Frantz Ward; Business Planning during COVID-19 by Brian Broadbent, CEO, Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU); and COVID-19 Resources by Claire I. Wade-Kilts, Founder at Sobel, Wade and Mapely
  • Frequently updated resources for nonprofits - click here 
  • Free Adaptation Webinar Series for nonprofits - click here
  • Free Webinar: "How Membership Departments Can Prepare for the Impact of Coronavirus" - click here 
  • Free webinars, podcasts and articles from Charity Village; Charity How-To; Frontstream; National Council of Nonprofits; Business Volunteers Unlimited 
  • Budget alleviation efforts for nonprofits from the Small Business Administration - click here 
  • Enhance your virtual conference with a free event community - click here 
  • Free Google Hangouts through July 1 - click here 
  • Support network for transitioning to digital fundraising - click here 
  • Pro tips from Charity Village on working from home for nonprofits - click here 
  • How to smoothly run a professional seminar - click here
  • Emergency succession planning in the time of coronavirus: tips from BVU - click here
  • COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic by Lawyers for Good Government - click here
  • Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub: remote mentoring and webinars - click here
  • Intuit Aid Assist: free service helping U.S.-based businesses, self-employed, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers understand different business relief programs - click here

Building Connections with the Nonprofit Community

We provide important education on legal topics for nonprofit leaders, as well as training for attorneys looking to serve and advise those nonprofits that are making a difference in our community. Through a partnership with the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Reach Out coordinates quarterly seminars and brief advice clinics free to the public, with free CLE credit for volunteers.


Got burning questions? We’ve got answers!

Reach Out for Nonprofits and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) invite you to join us virtually on Tuesday, October 27 from 10-11:00 a.m. as our panel of volunteer attorneys discusses “Political Activism, Lobbying, and Free Speech for Nonprofits.” In the weeks before the election, nonprofits and the attorneys who advise them need to know what’s allowed under the law, what crosses the line into advocacy, and what falls under the aegis of free speech.

Reach Out and VLA events are always FREE for members of the public. This presentation includes 1.0 CLE hour for attorneys – free for VLA and Reach Out volunteers, for a nominal fee for other interested attorneys. Nonprofits and artists click here to register, attorneys click here.

Reach Out Live is open to all nonprofit leaders, attorneys, and board members, and allows all viewers the opportunity to engage in Q&A with our panelists. To join our mailing list and receive notification of when registration for the next Reach Out Live seminar is open, please email


  • Click here for video of the April 7 Reach Out Live session on general nonprofit issues during COVID-19 (featuring Alex Campbell of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, Jennifer Lesny Fleming of Matasar Jacobs LLC, Justin Stevenson of Bower Stevenson LLC, and Jaclyn Vary of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP)
  • Click here for video of the May 5 Reach Out Live session on employment matters and an update on annual report extensions (featuring Todd Palmer of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Russell Rendall of Brennan, Manna & Diamond, and moderators Alex Campbell and Jaclyn Vary)
  • Click here for video of the June 2 Reach Out Live discussion on nonprofit communications to boards, staff, volunteers, and the public (featuring Jason Weiner of the Cleveland Foundation, Nora Jacobs of Hennes Communications, and Valerie Schumacher and LeAundra Richardson of Arts Cleveland)
  • Click here for video of the Sept. 29 Reach Out Live webinar “Back to School: COVID Issues for Nonprofits as Employees Return to Work and Kids Learn from Home" (featuring Jason Dejelo of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Peter Mapley of Sobel, Wade & Mapley, LLC, Danielle Sobel  of Teach for America & President of the Junior League of Cleveland, and moderator Alex Campbell of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP.
  • Click here for video of the Oct. 27 Reach Out Live webinar “Political Activism, Lobbying, and Free Speech for Nonprofits” in partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (featuring panelists Alex Campbell of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, Michael Bowen of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Andrew Geronimo of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and moderator and VLA past Chair Jaclyn Vary of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP)
  • Click here for video of the Nov. 17 Reach Out Live webinar "Charities, Compliance and COVID: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Reports” with guest speaker Beth Short, who handles outreach and education for the Ohio Attorney General's Charitable Law Section, and moderator Jaclyn Vary of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


Reach Out:  Legal Assistance for Nonprofits is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Educational Seminars

Reach Out presents a series of free educational seminars that provide nonprofit leaders with important, current information about legal issues their organizations face every day. Following the seminar, nonprofits have the chance to sit down one-on-one with volunteer attorneys for a brief advice and counseling session. If further legal help is required, Reach Out may be able to refer the matter to a volunteer or law firm.

Email Jessica Paine to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and registration.


Nonprofits are eligible for Reach Out if the following applies:

  • Geographic area served: Northeastern Ohio
  • Type and missions: The organization’s decision-making process must have significant community grassroots involvement; the organization must be working to provide housing, economic opportunities, social services, educational improvement, and/or cultural preservation to low-income populations or communities
  • Budget: Unable to pay for legal services or demonstrate that such payment would substantially negatively impact its charitable work


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