On Friday, June 22, the team at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys will do our part to spread hope to those who so desperately need it. From 9:30am to 11:00am, we will be at the Indiana Hope Center in Crown Point, Indiana, packing and sending the light of hope in the form of care packages with Phil’s Friends. Our team is excited to lend our time to such a noble cause.
Phil’s Friends and Their Mission of Hope
Phil’s Friends is a nonprofit, Christian agency with the mission to bring hope and support to those battling cancer in the United States. They do this by providing care packages and weekly Cards of Hope to patients and their families. They also invoke the power of prayer to assist and support cancer patients on their road to recovery.
Founder Phil Zielke knows exactly how that kind of hopelessness and defeat can cloud one’s mindset after a cancer diagnosis. As a two-time cancer survivor himself, Mr. Zielke is no stranger to these feelings. These feelings of despair can have a crippling effect on not only the patient, but their family as well. That is why Phil’s Friends is committed to being the light for families that have found themselves in the dark. A caring volunteer assembles each package with items to bring comfort and joy to its recipient. Along with the care packages, patients will also receive weekly encouragement from our volunteers in the form of Cards of Hope. These hand-colored cards aim to let the patient and their family know that they have more people in their corner praying for their recovery.
“A cancer diagnosis can leave a person feeling hopeless, alone, scared, and helpless. These feelings aren’t limited to the person who receives the diagnosis. Cancer can send shockwaves throughout a whole family. We make a living out of bringing people closure during some of their darkest times. Volunteering with Phil’s Friends gives us the chance to be the bearers of light in a seemingly hopeless situation,” says attorney Glen Lerner. “We are excited and proud to give our time and energy to provide hope to those who need the strength to continue one of the hardest fights of their life.”
About Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys began helping people with personal injury and dangerous drugs claims in Nevada over 25 years ago. Over the past two decades, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys has grown into one of the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in the country, with over 50 attorneys and nearly three hundred employees located in Nevada, Arizona, California, Illinois, and Indiana. The Glen Lerner attorneys also have relationships with attorneys across the country to help those hurt outside of states where the firm practices. The firm also assists with social security claims nationally and dangerous product lawsuits such as talcum powder ovarian cancer cases and diabetes drug Onglyza heart attack claims. For additional information, visit glenlerner.com, or call (702) 877-1500.
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Savory Story Behind National Doughnut Day
As you may know, the first Friday of June has a connection to one particularly savory sweet confection – the donut. But, do you know the story behind National Donut Day? The first donut day event took place in 1938 in Chicago as a fundraiser created by The Salvation Army to assist the disadvantage during The Great Depression.
Present Day Chicago continues to keep the tradition of giving back alive. Through The Salvation Army’s Mobile Feeding and Outreach Program, funds raised on National Donut support Chicagoland area:
- Food pantries;
- Nutrition programs for children; in addition to,
- Meals for senior citizens and homeless.
You can support The Salvation Army’s effort by making an online donation now!
Other Fun Facts About National Donut Day
- National Donut Day pays tribute to The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” who supported front line troops during World War I.
- The nickname “Donut Lassies” originated from two volunteers that used limited supplies, resources and soldier helmets to fry much appreciated donuts for the troops. (Seven at a time.)
- “Donut Lassies” didn’t just make donuts for soldiers. They also provided stamps, writing supplies, meals, and mending services.
- National Donut Day helps raise funds and increase awareness about the many social service programs The Salvation Army offers.
How Glen Lerner Gives Back Supports Efforts of The Salvation Army
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys proudly partners with The Salvation Army in the Chicagoland area. One annual event the law firm gives back to and supports is the distribution of family meals over the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, the firm gets involved with the annual toy giveaways during the Christmas season at the Ray & Joan Kroc Center.
Glen Lerner hopes that other business and individuals who can will also get involved and show an interest in making a difference like The Salvation Army. Together the power of joining together does make a difference.
Clean Water Efforts for Children and Communities
World Vision’s Global 6K for Water helps prevent the death of nearly 1,000 children under the age of five from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and improper hygiene. Global 6K for Water does this by taking action to provide clean water and sanitation to the most vulnerable populations to improve living circumstance and lessen the loss of life.
Thank You Note for Global 6K for Water Donation
Dear Glen Lerner,
Thank you for your generous donation supporting Josephine Robinson at World Vision’s 6K for Water. You are truly helping change lives by providing clean water to children and communities around the world.
No goods or services were received in exchange for this donation. The full amount of your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Name: Glen Lerner LLC
Event/Campaign: 2018 Global 6K for Water – Chicago
Thank you for your gift!
Ashley Colquitt, 6K Director
Team World Vision
P.O. Box 9716 | Federal Way, WA 98063
Glen Lerner Gives Back is partnering with the Chicago Police Department’s District 9 CAPS to provide spring break activities for youth from local neighborhoods.
Are you concerned about how your child will spend their time over the upcoming break? Have your kids come out and spend spring break with Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys and the Chicago Police Department! Join us for Rise Above! An event that aims to guide youth in our community through recreation and inspiration. Kids ages 7-15 are invited to take part in this FREE event.
March 27-28, we will be at Chicago Indoor Sports & Razzmatazz, located at 3900 S. Ashland Ave., from 10am to 1:45pm. Then, on March 28th, we will have our roller skating party from 10:30am to 1:30pm at The Rink located at 1122 E. 87th St.
Your kids can look forward to additional recreation activities like arcade games, basketball, soccer, and inflatables. Each day will also have daily youth chats led by District 9 CAPS officers and Glen Lerner himself.
You must register to be part of this free event. For registration, call (312) 747-3501 (CAPS Office).
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys invites you to help a child stay warm this winter by participating in their first annual coat drive. All coats collected will be donated to The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Most important to note, these will be given to families throughout the community. We hope you open your heart and closet to support your fellow man.
In an effort to collect as many coats as possible, we are inviting local businesses to become a drop-off location. To participate, simply send us an email to [email protected] and we will have a collection box delivered directly to your business.
Donate starting November 10th through the end of January. Coats can range anywhere from lightly used to brand new.
2017 National Night Out with CPD
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys celebrated this year’s National Night Out with our friends at the Chicago Police Department’s District 009. National Night Out (NNO) is an annual celebration that takes place on the first Tuesday of August in communities across the country. This event seeks to promote peace and partnerships between the police and the local community. District 009’s event was hosted at McKinley Park in the back of the yards neighborhood. The event included live music, diverse food vendors, kid’s activities, and raffles. Community organizations were also in attendance to educate the public regarding programs and initiatives currently being offered in their local neighborhoods.
Our Chicago injury attorneys commend the Chicago Police Department for a job well done in the planning and execution of this successful event. This celebration was a true representation of the local community. From a multi-cultural and cross generational standpoint, the event drew the support of all the different groups that make up this great community. It was also a beautiful sight to witness the friendship between the police and the local citizens. Much relationship building has taken place over the years to foster the kind of trust and partnerships they now enjoy. It is all about planting seeds that one day will reap the kind of harvest we all desire, peace.
Giving Back in Chicago’s Woodlawn Community
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys considers it a privilege to “give back” to local neighborhoods in Chicago. Our most recent contribution to Hope Works Community Development is making a difference in the lives of job seekers in the Woodlawn Community. Here is what Rebekah King, Executive Director of Hope Works, recently shared with us:
“The gift from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys in July made it possible for our staff to meet with 19 job seekers, three of whom received job offers this month! We also had 5 clients begin their interview process; all of them were able to use the business clothing provided through the Glen Lerner Gives Back clothing drive.”
Organizations such as Hope Works may not be well-known, but the impact they are making is evident in real life stories of individuals transitioning from crisis into employment and self-determination. The following life transformation stories are some of the reasons our Chicago personal injury attorneys support Hope Works Chicago.
When Sherin began working at Hope Works last January, she was a graduate student looking to create change in her community. As she prepares to move to New York to pursue her Ph.D, she says her enthusiasm for Hope Works and its GED program has yet to waver: “My passion around education revolves around defeating cycles of poverty. I firmly believe that a child’s success can be shaped through their education.”
According to Sherin, the first few meetings with clients are always the most challenging. “People have walls up. I understand that it’s hard to trust that I’ll care about you when so many people haven’t, but if you don’t develop a relationship with someone, how can you inspire change?”
One of Sherin’s favorite success stories is Patrice, a Woodlawn resident who attends weekly GED lessons at Hope Works. Despite expressing initial doubt about her abilities, Patrice has consistently excelled on her assignments and demonstrated the impact of hard work and determination.
For a community advocate like Sherin, she says that the greatest reward has been seeing clients like Patrice gain confidence in their ability to succeed. “It’s inspiring to see Patrice realize that she can get her GED and become a good example to her children and her grandson. By coming to Hope Works, you can eliminate the stereotypes of what it’s like to be on the Southside.”
Ruth, who is a single mom of 5 kids, just got a job as an assistant manager at one of our partner organizations in the Woodlawn Community. As an assistant manager, Ruth received her first-ever business card with this job, something we celebrated with her! Ruth’s job is paying a livable wage and affording stability for Ruth and her five children in Woodlawn.
For more information about Hope Works Chicago or to make a financial contribution, visit: http://www.hopeworkschicago.org/
Mark Avenue Fun Fest 2017
This past Saturday, July 22nd, our law firm participated in the Mark Avenue Fun Fest in Elgin, IL. This event was hosted by Greater Grace Community Church in collaboration with Christ Community Church, Elgin Evangelical Free Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fox Valley Christian Action and Glen Lerner Gives Back.
Despite area power outages and downed trees caused by a severe thunderstorm the night before, the Mark Avenue Fun Fest went on as planned. The fest began around 11 am and continued until 4 pm with a steady flow of neighbors joining in on the fun. The crazy weather did not stop families from enjoying all that this event had to offer. Surrounding the church was plenty of evidence of the damage caused by the destructive micro burst storm, but on the grounds of Greater Grace Church, the atmosphere was festive and welcoming.
Picture of the Festival
As neighbors walked down the sidewalk and approached the church grounds, they could hear the live music provided by the PUSH band with members from The Vineyard and Discovery Church. As they got closer, they could smell the delicious BBQ lunch courtesy of Greater Grace Community Church.
Once on the grounds, they could hear the laughter from the children playing all the fun carnival games provided by Elgin E-Free church. They could see the kids jumping on the bouncy house or sliding on the inflatable water slide, and even kicking balls into the giant soccer dart board game. As they gazed toward the blocked street, they could see the older youth playing around the basketball hoop. Our friend, Roger Simmons from Fox Valley Christian Action, ran a basketball three point contest for the older boys. There was definitely something fun for every age group to enjoy but this was not all.
At registration, each family also received a raffle ticket in anticipation of the grand prize finale. Parents with children in grades 1st through 5th could also sign up to receive back to school supplies courtesy of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys. For our firm, the Mark Avenue fun fest marked the kick off of our back to school efforts here in Chicago. Through sponsorships and our very own school supply giveaway events, Glen Lerner Gives Back will serve 9,000 kids with school supplies in Arizona, Chicago, and Las Vegas in the 2017 season.
The Mark Avenue Community
Mark Ave is a community on the border of the Eagle Heights neighborhood in Elgin, IL. It is an area traditionally known to attract low-income families seeking affordable housing. On one side of the street is a row of apartment buildings while on the other side, single family homes. Depending on what side of the street one lives on, this often signals what socio-economic group one belongs to.
Mark Avenue has never been a place to establish roots but more like a stepping stone in a personal quest to transition to a “better” neighborhood in Elgin. Over the years, the Mark Ave community has been known as a depressed and hurting community needing all the encouragement and support they could get. In the midst of this reality lies Greater Grace Community Church, a beacon of hope in this community. The church plays an important role in bridging the Eagle Heights and Mark Avenue communities through events such as The Mark Avenue Fest.
For more information about Greater Grace Community Church, please visit: www.ggcc.church
Glen Lerner Gives Back Summer 2017
Summer camp can be one the most exciting and life-transforming experiences that any young person can have. And yet, many children of low-income families never get to experience it. For this reason, our personal injury firm has partnered with The Salvation Army in Gary, Indiana and Waukegan, Illinois to make camp of summer 2017 a reality for 30 underprivileged youth.
While at The Salvation Army’s Wonderland camp, young people will enjoy swimming in the lake, boating, music, archery, outdoor recreation, sports, arts and crafts, all while making new friendships. For many of these kids, the time away from home is in itself lifesaving as camp serves as a safe haven from the challenges and dangers that kids face on the streets and making summer 2017 the best one ever.
Here is what some of our sponsored youth had to say about their recent camp experience:
Santana Harper – 11 “I really loved going to camp. I never went before and it was awesome and I met really cool people there. My favorite part was being on the drum line.”
Shar’Mayne Harper – 9 “Thank you for sponsoring me to go to Music Camp. I went with my brother and cousin and it was super fun. We got to sing and had $5 for snacks at the snack shop plus we were able to swim every day. I did arts and crafts and made cool stuff. I can’t wait to go back.”
D’Maiya Clark – 8 “Camp was really fun. I made lots of friends. I got to sing and perform with my cabin at the talent show in my pajamas! And I can go in the pool now without floaty things!”
Carrington Slaughter – 8 “I really liked camp. I made lots of stuff and had fun. I sang and danced and ran around. Snack time and meals were my favorite.”
Sade Norton – 11 “I didn’t think I’d like camp at first since it was my first time and I only knew my brothers. I enjoyed hanging out with the girls in my cabin and playing games. I liked my theory class and want to be in band at the Corps next year.”
Armani Norton – 11 “Camp was good. I got to go swimming and meet new people. My counselor was cool and I got to sing. I’m glad I got to go and have fun.”
Jeffrey Norton – 16 “So camp was fun. We had great guests that really took time to be with me and my friends. I was in the highest choir and had a good time singing. I got to do stuff that I wouldn’t have been able to do in the city. Hopefully I can even work at camp next summer. Thank you for this opportunity.”
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.9241 Camp Lake Rd
Camp Lake, WI 53109-0222
Phone: (414) 889-4305
2017 Walk for STH “Stronger Together”
On Saturday, June 10th the Gary, Indiana community including those at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, came together for the 2017 walk for STH themed “Stronger Together”. For those that attended, the event was more than just a walk; it was a celebration of hope. Local churches, businesses, government officials, and concern community members answered the call to fundraise and volunteer on behalf of the homeless and at-risk women and children.
On that beautiful day, over 100 volunteers and 400 walk participants gathered at the STH’s grounds to prepare for the 1.6 mile walk around the neighborhood. At the event, the Glen Lerner Merrillville injury attorneys and staff handed out water, sports drinks and nutritious snacks for the event participants. What a joy it was for us to be able to interact with each of the groups that participated and join in their excitement for service.
Thanks to the outstanding work of the STH staff and volunteers, the 2017 STH Walk went as planned and without a hitch. Sister Peg Spindler, executive director, reported that STH had surpassed the amount they hoped they would reach by the end of that day. This success would not have been possible without the collaboration of like-minded groups coming together. Over 27 sponsors comprised of local businesses including the staff and Merrillville personal injury lawyers at Glen Injury Attorneys contributed to make sure that every dollar raised through the event could go towards direct services to the woman and children STH serves.
TOGETHER, we were definitely STRONGER!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE 2017 WALK FOR STH SPONSORS:
- Indiana American Water
- Glen Lerner Gives Back (Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys)
- Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors
- Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
- Powers & Sons Construction Company
- TWG Development, LLC
- Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
- St. Catherine Hospital (Community Healthcare Systems)
- Ameristar (East Chicago)
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Sigma Phi Omega Chapter)
- Black Diamond Pipe & Tube, Inc.
- Hall Render, Killian Heath & Lyman
- I.L.A. Local 1969 (AFL-CIO)
- Tri Kappa Beta Rhe Chapter
- Loomis | Sayles
- Marram Health Center
- Methodist Hospitals
- Purdue University (Northwest College of Nursing)
- Peoples Bank
- Ricci’s Landscape Management Inc.
- Rob’s Music Kingdom
- Scott Steel Services, Inc.
- Swartz Retson
- United Steel Workers USW Local 1066
- The WDS Group
Sojourner Truth House (STH) is a day center located in Gary, Indiana, that serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. Founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1997, STH serves more than 2,092 clients each month.
STH assists clients staying in local shelters with help applying to benefits, referrals to community support agencies, basic skills, employment training, healthcare screenings, addiction counseling and assistance with transitional housing.