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.
  • 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.
  • Frequently updated resources 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

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.


Reach Out Calendar

In an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the CMBA has delayed its first seminars of 2020, but plans are underway to resume our schedule as soon as possible. Email Jessica Paine to be added to our mailing list to stay in the loop when registration opens for upcoming seminars in 2020!

Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to attend each FREE seminar and participate in the brief advice clinics that follow. Attorneys will receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit for attendance at the educational seminar, which is free with participation in the clinic to follow.

All programs are held at the CMBA offices at 1375 East Ninth Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The first through third seminars of the year are held on the following schedule:
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. - Registration
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m. - Educational seminar
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Brief advice sessions with volunteer attorneys

The seminar planned for October during Pro Bono Week will be held on the following schedule:

  • 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m. - Educational seminar
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. - Brief advice sessions with volunteer attorneys

Coming soon: 2020 program schedule (click here to be added to the Reach Out mailing list for notices of calendar changes, registration, and other information)

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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