Berman & Simmons helps area residents with donation to Community Concepts

Released 3/13/12 by

Attorneys from the law practice of Berman Simmons recently presented a gift of $5,000 to the Community Concepts Keep Your Neighbor Warm Fund.

Community Concepts established the fund at the end of last year to supplement federal emergency fuel assistance funding, recognizing that many more low-come families in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties would be needing assistance due to the high cost of fuel and the reduced funding available through the yearly federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program.

Through the second week in February, 70 households have been assisted with up to 100 gallons of fuel from the Keep Your Neighbor Warm Fund. The Agency continues to receive upwards of 50 calls a day for emergency heating assistance.
“The news and radio stories about the number of individuals and families struggling to heat their homes made an impact, noted Attorney Paul F. Macri. These are difficult times and even in our own practice, we see the challenges are clients face. Supporting this effort was simply the right thing to do and we are particularly pleased that all sixteen attorneys in the practice made the personal commitment to make this gift possible.”

Founded in 1914, Berman & Simmons is an aggressive, results-oriented plaintiff’s law firm. Berman & Simmons attorneys hold many of the largest personal injury verdicts ever obtained in Maine Courts. For nearly 100 years, the trial lawyers at Berman & Simmons have handled all types of plaintiff’s cases, from car accidents to medical malpractice to civil rights and other complex civil trial matters. With offices in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor, Berman & Simmons represents clients throughout the State of Maine and Northern New England. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1965, Community Concepts, Inc. is a private, non-profit community action organization serving central & western Maine. Its mission is to provide leadership, education and support to build thriving individuals, families and communities. The agency provides a broad spectrum of services to individuals and families, under the guidance of an all-volunteer Board of Directors.