Bernie Powell Legacy Society
Bernie Powell has served more children as a court-appointed advocate than any other volunteer in our history. Volunteer advocates, like Bernie, are the reason we are recognized across the nation by other court-appointed special advocate programs.
Supported by her loving husband, Ed, Bernie advocated for more than 170 abused and neglected children over two decades. Whether making 10 to 20 calls a week to therapists, attorneys, caseworkers and relatives, or holding a girl’s hand as she faces surgery to repair the wounds of abuse, Bernie exemplified the commitment required to ensure children enjoy the bright futures they deserve.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Bernie regularly attended all the court hearings and was respected and admired by judges, attorneys and caseworkers throughout Harris County. Perhaps most meaningful to Bernie is the desire that all children have the same opportunities that her own grandchildren have. Always humble and self-deflecting, it’s no surprise that she only agreed we could name the society in her honor if we assured her it would motivate other people to support Child Advocates through legacy gifts and volunteering.
The Bernie Powell Legacy Society recognizes and honors donors whose estate plans include gifts designated for the long-term benefit of Child Advocates. Bernie Powell Legacy Society members will be invited to events throughout the year and listed, if you so choose, in our biannual newsletter as a way of thanking you for your future gift.
The Bernie Powell Legacy Society gives you the opportunity to make gifts from your estate to ensure Child Advocates can provide a legacy of high-quality advocacy for generations to come. As a member we will respect your wishes for participation, recognition or anonymity, and any details of your gift will be held in the strictest confidence.