ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Pro bono work done by Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Ran Bell and Alyse Young is spotlighted in a new North Carolina State Bar article. Bell and Young assisted Green Opportunities in a project organized by the NC Pro Bono Resource Center and Pisgah Legal Services.

Green Opportunities is an Asheville-based non-profit that provides technical and life skills training, basic education and case management to help members of marginalized communities find sustainable employment. Its programs prepare people for entry-level jobs in such industries as construction, landscaping, culinary arts, hospitality, building trades and facilities maintenance. As part of its training program, Green Opportunities operates several social enterprises, such as a catering company.

The newest of these social enterprises is UpStaff Personnel, a staffing service that offers screened temporary-to-permanent staffing solutions in various industries. But in establishing UpStaff Personnel, Green Opportunities needed legal guidance in a variety of non-profit, business law and tax issues.

Bell and Young worked with Green Resources to create “a favorable business structure that would not adversely affect Green Opportunities’ non-profit tax-exempt status and would still allow for the social enterprise to provide a holistic approach to community and employment impact in Asheville.”

Bell and Young worked with Pisgah Legal Services attorney Justin Edge in this project.

“Ran and I enjoyed collaborating with Justin Edge and working with the Green Opportunities and UpStaff Personnel team to accomplish their goals,” Young tells the North Carolina State Bar. “Justin was an invaluable partner in the process, providing critical guidance and knowledge regarding Green Opportunities.”

Pisgah Legal Services receives funding from North Carolina Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (NC IOLTA), a charitable arm of the North Carolina State Bar.

Click here to read “Celebrating Pro Bono: Successful Collaboration Supports Employment Through Social Enterprise” by the North Carolina State Bar.

Ran Bell has worked with nonprofit organizations and the people who lead them for over 25 years. She guides people in establishing new 501(c)(3) charitable corporations and other tax exempt organizations. She advises on the expansion of existing programs and suggests ways to accomplish client objectives while meeting the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. She has advised charities that are merging and, when needed, she has helped charities to dissolve and distribute their remaining assets.

Alyse Young has diverse experience representing clients in a variety of transactions and corporate matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, corporate reorganizations and general corporate governance matters. She serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Subcommittee and her pro bono work includes humanitarian immigration relief for victims of human trafficking.