Giving Back

The Lupus Foundation of America- DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter

We are especially passionate about helping to fight this disease as it struck a family member of one of our former law clerks. Their mission: “The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus, while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.”

M.O.M. – Making Ourselves Matter

We are proud to support M.O.M. What is M.O.M.? “Our mission at M.O.M is to build a network of mothers connecting to uplift, support, and encourage one another through the most challenging times of our lives as well as celebrate the wonderful times in our lives. From fun monthly outings and meetings, events organized for charities, volunteering, stress relief classes, fitness and health classes, personalized M.O.M Journals, and endless POSITIVE support, M.O.M is a group of mothers built on Making Ourselves Matter! M.O.M provides a community for moms to gain new experiences and the ability to create lasting intimate interpersonal relationships with like-minded mothers. Together at M.O.M we strive as ONE at Making Ourselves Matter!”

Hearts & Homes for Youth

We are so pleased to contribute to this wonderful organization. Hearts & Homes for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth who have overcome adversity by providing them with a variety of residential and supportive programs that offer counseling, advocacy, educational support, workforce readiness, and life skills training in a nurturing, homelike environment.

We offer programs throughout the state, including residential and therapeutic group homes, foster care and independent living for pregnant and parenting teen mothers, and a therapeutic foster care program. We support and care for youth with a devoted staff of child welfare professionals.

Since we opened our doors over 50 years ago, we have served more than 40,000 young people throughout Maryland and have dedicated ourselves to each child who walks through our doors, ensuring they feel cared for and supported.


Autism

We are proud to support the Organization for Autism Research. OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. The mission of “applying” research to answer questions of daily concern for those living with autism drives each of the goals and objectives that define OAR’s programs and determine its budget.

OAR’s defines applied research as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of learners with autism. It entails the systematic investigation of variables associated with positive outcomes in such areas as education, communication, self care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community living. In this context, it extends to issues related to family support, the efficacy of service delivery systems, and demographic analyses of the autism community.

In simplest terms, applied autism research is practical research that examines issues and challenges that children and adults with autism and their families face everyday.


Cancer

It would be difficult to imagine a life not touched, in some way, by cancer. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 500,000 deaths each year. We are proud to support the American Cancer Society. . ACS is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

We are also very proud to support the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is part of Georgetown University Medical Center. Their mission is to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community; guided by the principle of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.” Established in 1970, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is named for legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who was treated for cancer at Georgetown University Hospital. What began as a small clinic treating cancer patients has grown into a state-of-the-art cancer center housing more than 240,000 square feet of clinic and research space.


Helping in New Orleans

Five years, ago, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and exposed as much as she destroyed. The Cesar Chavez Public Charter School (CCPS) in Washington, D.C. launched “New Orleans and Back,” a Community Action Project (CAPstone). This is a comprehensive academic and community service effort that allows CCPS students to closely examine the geographic and socio-economic fault lines that divide our communities as they volunteer to help the residents of New Orleans deal with Katrina’s aftermath. The goal is for the students to explore the dynamics of communities in a different region of the country and return home with a new perspective on our local environment. We are delighted to contribute to this win-win cause.


Special Olympics

The concept of the Special Olympics began in the early 1960’s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. Today, there are Special Olympics programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 150 different countries around the world. We are pleased to support the Special Olympics with donations to help purchase uniforms, to provide equipment and transportation to events, to provide food and awards, and to pay umpires and referees.


Komen Race for the Cure

We are pleased to support the Susan G. Komen in its quest to fund vital breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs, and national research initiatives to find a cure for breast cancer.


School Supply Drive

We are pleased to contribute to the Maryland Association for Justice annual School Supply Donation Campaign. The Campaign uses collected funds to purchase new back-to-school supplies for children of low income schools who need these supplies.


SMOKE ALARM SAFETY PROGRAM

We are pleased to contribute to the Maryland Association for Justice (“MAJ”) Annual Smoke Alarm Safety Program. For this program, MAJ joined forces with the Safe Kids Coalition and the Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County Fire Departments to purchase and distribute working smoke detectors to needy families. The impact of smoke alarms on fire safety and protection is dramatic. When fire breaks out, the smoke alarm, acting as an early warning system, reduces the risk of death by nearly 50 percent. Alarms are the first line of defense against a fire. In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide an early warning signal to a household. This alarm could save lives.


Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger

Through the Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger, We are pleased to support the Maryland Food Bank and Capital Area Food Bank , which provide food for hungry Marylanders and people in Metropolitan Washington (click on the links if you, too, would like to contribute).


Safe Kids Week Bike Helmet Project

We are pleased to support the Maryland Association for Justice Bike Helmet Project. Children should wear bike helmets on every ride. This project allows many needy families to get bike helmets for their children. It is a myth that slow riders don’t need helmets. Serious head injuries, including death or brain injuries, can occur even when a person is riding slowly, if they crash without a helmet.

Some facts about bike riding and helmets:

  • There are 85 million bicycle riders in the US.
  • 784 bicyclists died on US roads in 2005. 92% of them (720) died in crashes with motor vehicles.
  • About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.
  • 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a brain injury.
  • Two-thirds of the deaths are from traumatic brain injury.
  • A very high percentage of cyclists’ brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent.

Click here for Bicycle Safety Tips.


Leukemia &Amp; Lymphoma

We are pleased to support Light the Night, a fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The LLS “Light The Night Walk” is a national attempt to raise awareness of blood cancers and financially support research for cures.

Walkers carry illuminated balloons – white for survivors and red for supporters – to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised by participants support the Society’s mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myelomea, and improve the qulaity of life of patients and their families.

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