“I love this city, it’s been good to me. I’ve always wanted to help the people around me and now I have a chance to give back to the community.”
Glen Lerner Gives Back
Glen Lerner had a humble upbringing and understands the struggles that can deter people from their dreams. That is why he encourages the lawyers and support staff of his personal injury firm to pursue charitable activities and sponsorship opportunities within the communities where they live and work to help improve the lives of others.With the help of family and friends, great deeds have been achieved through the law firm’s charitable arm Glen Lerner Gives Back in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Phoenix, and Chicago. The law firm’s efforts through Glen Lerner Gives Back assist at-risk children, families and four-legged critters who face daily struggles during these hard economic times.
Charitable organizations they are involved with include:
- Speedway Children’s Charities
- Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
- Little Friends Animal Foundation
- Las Vegas Sportz Foundation
- Shop with a Cop
Click here for an extended list of organizational groups Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys supports.
Glen Lerner Pays it Forward
Glen Lerner feels blessed to have been presented with opportunities that have made him the success that he is today. He believes in paying forward these blessing through acts of gratitude by giving something back to help make a positive community and social changes. Glen Lerner hopes that other business and individuals who can will also get involved and show an interest in making a difference and offering positive contributions within their own communities. Together the power of many joining together can make a difference.
Impact Church Back to School Block Party
On August 12, 2017, Impact Church in Merrillville, Indiana hosted its 2017 Back to School Block Party. The event, which took a year to plan, drew over 1,600 individuals and served 600 students with basic school supplies. 150 volunteers, including some of our very own Glen Lerner staff, assisted the church with set up, school supply and clothing distribution, haircuts, serving meals and supervised kid’s activities. This event truly demonstrated love in action! Families had a great time; the kid’s walked away with back packs full of school supplies and volunteers left with big smiles on their faces proud of the contribution they made. We could not have asked for a better day! Special thanks to Impact Church for your compassionate ministry in Merrillville and for the opportunity you gave us to sponsor such a wonderful event.
2017 Back to School Bash
The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps and Carter Memorial Church partnered once again to host the 2017 Back to School Bash in Gary, Indiana. Through this annual partnership, and with the help of business sponsors such as Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, 400 local kids were gifted with back packs filled with school supplies. This event also included a community fair, free hearing tests, haircuts, lunch, treats and fun activities for the kids. At the event, our Glen Lerner volunteers were tasked with a very important responsibility. In an hour and a half, they successfully cranked out over 1,000 ice cones for the kids! It is always an honor to serve alongside organizations such as The Salvation Army and Carter Memorial Church.
Adopt a School Project: Edgar L. Miller School Merrillville, Indiana
Glen Lerner Gives Back and our newest partner, Crossroads Connects, Inc. of the Crossroads Regional Chamber in Merrillville, Indiana came together in recent months to adopt 368 students at Edgar L. Miller Elementary School. This Adopt-a- School project was birthed out of our mutual organizations’ desire to meet the needs of low-income students with school supplies needed to start their year off right. Since this was the first year in partnership with the Chamber, it was mutually agreed upon that we would focus on one school and aim for quality versus quantity. By pulling our organizations’ resources together, the partnership made it possible for each student to receive a minimum of 80% of the school supplies requested by each of their teachers.
The school supplies were ordered in bulk and shipped to our Glen Lerner Maywood, IL satellite office. From this location, volunteers from Crossroads Connects and Glen Lerner got to work by sorting and assembling the back packs. This labor of love took several days and was completed by 11 volunteers. Our Glen Lerner staff is grateful for the partnership with Crossroads Connects as both organizations were able to make a greater impact together that far exceeded what each of us could have done on our own.
On August 16th, 2017, the Miller student body was presented with the supplies during their first school assembly of the year. There to celebrate with the kids, and welcome them back to school was the local school staff; Mr. Studebaker (School Superintendent), Mrs. Griffin (School Principal) and representatives from both Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys and Crossroads Connect. Having a presence at the assembly and being able to experience the excitement in the room reminded us why we embarked on this project in the first place; it was always about the kids. Principle Griffin approached us at the end of the assembly and expressed her profound gratitude for the school supplies. She commented that although in the past the school had received similar donations, this contribution was like no other. She was blown away by the generosity and attention her school received through this project.
Thank you Miller Elementary for the opportunity to serve your students! On behalf of our Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys and Crossroads Connect, we wish you the best this year has to offer.
Crossroads Connects, Inc. is the charitable arm of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
For more information:
9101 Taft St.
Merrillville, IN 46410
2017 National Night Out
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 Woodlawn. 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 Woodlawn. 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/