LEWISTON — Norway Savings Bank donated $3,000 to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in March, the latest contribution in over a decade of support.

For over 30 years, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project has served as far more than just an organization that helps immigrants in Maine improve their legal status. It has fought for just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants, offered compassion and respect to tens of thousands of immigrants from more than 150 countries, and stood as a beacon of hope for those seeking assistance and light, according to a bank news release.

As Maine’s only statewide immigration legal services organization, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project provides a full range of direct legal services that cover a range of humanitarian and family-based immigration issues. The organization also offers accessible information and educational materials on legal issues to immigrant communities and service providers from York to Aroostook counties.

“The work of ILAP is so impressive and meaningful,” Dan Walsh, president and CEO of Norway Savings, said. “Their efforts to collaborate with groups committed to social justice in ensuring immigrants are valued and treated justly in our society is crucial. “They directly serve over 3,000 people each year and reach many more through their community initiatives. It’s overwhelming.”

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project operates full-time offices in Portland and Lewiston and has a regular presence across the state through its Rural Maine Project.

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