Peter Groverman ’10 Co-founder of R.E.L.I.E.F Foundation
Law Students rarely miss their law school graduation without a very good reason. For Peter Groverman, ’10, the reason for missing his graduation from Villanova University School of Law last year was that he was attending the groundbreaking of a medical facility to be built in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Peter attended the groundbreaking because it was the culmination of efforts by the R.E.L.I.E.F. Organization to help the country after the devastating disaster. Peter co-founded R.E.L.I.E.F. (Relieving and Embracing Lives Interrupted by Earth’s Forces) a non-profit organization that helps people affected by tragedy through the means of social media and volunteering.
Originally founded to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Peter utilized the R.E.L.I.E.F. organization both to help Haiti recover, and to sustain future success by creating a solid foundation and improving its delicate infrastructure. These efforts included organizing 126 volunteers to travel to and help Haiti in the recovery process, raising $140,000 in donations, collecting over 40,000 pounds of cargo and over $500,000 in medical supplies, providing legal advice to help with the rebuilding process, building a tent camp for survivors that included a working plumbing system, distributing essential supplies and medical assistance throughout the country, and partnering with the City of Miami to create a state of the art medical facility being built in Port Au Prince.
In addition to his work with R.E.L.I.E.F., Peter currently is operating his own exportation and international distribution company, where he has worked in conjunction with VLS professors and also has also been able to take advantage of several unique government initiatives.
Peter’s commitment to serving those in need reflects the values that Villanova Law School seeks to instill in all its students.