“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.
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/
Mark Avenue Fun Fest
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.
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
The Boys and Girls Club “Tween Room” Makeover
Just one mile west of the Las Vegas strip and nestled in the center of a residential neighborhood is the headquarters for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada. To the casual passerby, the Lied Memorial Clubhouse located on 2850 Lindell Road doesn’t look like much is happening inside but each day hundreds of underserved youth take refuge there.
Recently, our Las Vegas injury lawyers learned that the club was in need of support to create an age appropriate activity space for youth ages 10-12. Tomarco Glasper, the club’s director explained that these rooms are an important component of their programming. Providing fun and age appropriate spaces for these kids enhances their experience at the club. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys agreed to help.
The project was a true community effort. Our law firm provided the funds needed to purchase equipment such as big screen TV’s, game controllers, sound bars and video games. Local artist Anne Mazzola joined us by purchasing and hand painting over two dozen canvasses with art work that appeal to this age group. The local youth and the Boys and Girls Club staff also helped by assembling equipment and by putting things in place. Together and in a short period of time, we were able to transform a dull space into a “Tween” worthy activity room.
On July 11th, 2017 we celebrated the completion of this project with an official unveiling. The kids loved the space! We enjoyed watching the smiles on each of their faces as they moved throughout the room trying out all the new activities.
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys thanks, The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada for the opportunity to serve and wish them continued success in their mission to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
There are 14 Boys and Girls Clubs located throughout Southern Nevada. They offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.bgcsnv.org.