Pro Bono Counseling to Celebrate Maryland Licensed Mental Health Volunteers at Gratitude Gathering

Lt. Governor Aruna Miller to Receive Dr. Radha Pathak Humanitarian Award

Baltimore, MD, June 5, 2023 – Pro Bono Counseling will hold a Gratitude Gathering on Thursday, June 8, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, to celebrate its volunteers for the impact they make each year to ensure all Marylanders have access to the mental health care they need. During the event, Pro Bono Counseling will also acknowledge its generous supporters and community partners and will honor Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller with the Dr. Radha Pathak Humanitarian Award for her work prioritizing mental health care.

“Pro Bono Counseling is able to help thousands of Marylanders connect with the mental health care resources they need thanks to the dedication of our licensed mental health volunteers, as well as the support of our generous donors and constituents,” stated PBC Executive Director Amy Greensfelder, LCSW. “And we are thrilled to bestow the Pathak Award to Lt. Governor Miller for the work she is doing to destigmatize mental health.”

“I am honored and humbled to accept the Dr. Radha Pathak Humanitarian award from Pro Bono Counseling,” said Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller. “Mental health challenges aren’t a moral failure – and they aren’t something anyone should have to suffer through alone. Our communities are stronger because of groups like PBC that work to bring mental health into the sunlight and ensure anyone can access quality, comprehensive, and culturally-competent care.”

Pro Bono Counseling (PBC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, 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, PBC 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.

PBC’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 therapy. PBC has a network of more than 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.

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The following organizations and individuals are sponsoring the Gratitude Gathering: Lead Sponsor Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield; Counseling Champions Kaiser Permanente, NAMI Maryland, and Whiting-Turner; Pro Bono Partners Swaran Dhawan, Goldin Group, Jacob William Advisory, Keswick, Southway Builders, Transamerica, and University of Maryland School of Social Work; Community Advocates Acutedge, Inc., CHANA, Team ABA, and Venable LLC; and Event Supporters Noah Chang, Alex Ebstein, Equal Access Language Services LLC, Futurecare Health and Management Corp., Peter Kahn, MD, M&T Bank, Peak Partners, Priya Sekar, MD, and Via Mental Health & Wellness.

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