Baltimore, MD, May 19, 2021 – The Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is celebrating 30 years of linking families, individuals, couples, and children with mental health professionals in Maryland.
PBCP was founded in 1991 to ensure that Marylanders with limited resources requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services. Since then, PBCP has helped match thousands of individuals and families throughout Maryland with the most appropriate counselors, based on their specific needs, and helped them obtain the mental health care they could not otherwise afford.
PBCP’s vision is the availability of quality mental health care for all those in need. The organization serves anyone in Maryland who is facing difficulties paying for counseling – including individuals of all ages, as well as couples, and families– through connections to volunteer mental health therapists for free counseling to address mental health concerns, including stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, or any other issue that can be addressed through talk therapy. PBCP has a network of over 800 volunteer licensed mental health counselors, covering a range of specialties, located all throughout Maryland. Counseling services are offered in person, where available, and via video conferencing and telephone.
“Pro Bono Counseling has helped thousands of Maryland residents connect with the mental health care resources they need at no cost,” stated PBCP Board President Gilbert Bliss. “I am honored to be both a board member and volunteer for an organization that provides such a vital service.”
To commemorate this milestone anniversary, PBCP will hold a year-long celebration, with special recognitions each month to highlight its history and partnerships.
“PBCP has thrived for over 30 years thanks to partnerships with volunteers, donors, foundations, community organizations, and community members,” stated PBCP Executive Director Amy Greensfelder. “We plan to feature and honor their contributions to our organization throughout its history.”
PBCP will also hold several fundraisers throughout the year to further strengthen and support the organization. On June 1, it will kick off the “30 Days of Giving” campaign, with the goal to raise $30,000.
“Pro Bono Counseling relies on the generosity of public and private funders as well as individual donors to continue to meet the mental health care needs of Maryland residents,” said Greensfelder. “We look forward to increasing our outreach and continuing to provide a mental health connection to those in need.”
Since its founding in 1991, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP), a non-profit 501c(3) corporation, has helped over 30,000 individuals and families throughout Maryland connect with volunteer counselors and obtain the mental health care they could not otherwise afford. Presently, PBCP has over 850 volunteer clinicians all over the state of Maryland who give over 16,000 hours of their time each year.
If you’d like to support PBCP, please click here to make an online, tax-deductible gift.