This holiday season marks the 32nd year that the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the Supreme Court of Virginia has participated in an annual Christmas Family Project, coming together to raise funds and supplies to support local families in need.
This holiday season the OES is supported two local families participating in Family Lifeline’s Child’s Health Involving Parents (CHIP) program who have very special needs – from unsafe living conditions to medial needs. Thanks to generous donations from OES employees and their colleagues throughout the Supreme Court of Virginia and Court of Appeals of Virginia, these two families will have a holiday they will remember for years to come!
OES employee and Christmas Family Project coordinator, Jerry Berman dropped off fund and in-kind gifts totaling $5,908, which will help to offset the children’s medical expenses as well as ensure safer living conditions for the Family. Practical items for the household and goodies for the children were also donated.
Jerry and the supporters of this program have done so quietly and with such deep passion over the years. We are so grateful for Jerry and the people that make this project possible,” reports Amy L. Strite, President & CEO with Family Lifeline.
Approximately 200 employees make up the OES, an arm of the Supreme Court, which provides administrative support for all of the courts, including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as magistrate offices within the Commonwealth. This includes the training and education of all judicial branch employees, as well as legal research assistance for judges. This office also provides payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, human resources, planning, and grant services to the courts. It supplies all information technology, including Internet, e-mail, case management, and video technology, along with technical support to the courts and magistrate offices in the Commonwealth.
The OES Christmas Family Project is organized and run by Jerry and some of his colleagues, but is supported through cash and gift contributions from employees throughout the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.