Guest Blog written by Kevin Rowe, Esq. | Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys | Lerner & Rowe Gives Back
When we are young, we often try to envision how our adult life will pan out. Over time we learn how to adapt, overcome challenges, and make life choices that will hopefully have a positive effect on our lives and the lives of others. Co-founding Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys with Glen Lerner and establishing our nonprofit Lerner and Rowe Gives Back have been two monumental life moments that I know I could not have achieved without the support, encouragement, and trust of others.
Paying forward those successes has become part of my own personal credo, one shared by the Lerner and Rowe team. Ultimately, Glen and I believe that any organization operating independently can only do so much. But collectively, through a network approach, when we help one charitable organization, it makes it possible for them to “pay it forward” and help more families or another charitable organization. We hope that others will be encouraged by our actions and, in turn, will lead to social and community changes on a much larger scale.
That is also why Glen and I actively encourage our team members to dedicate their personal time and resources to support members of our community beyond the professional setting through volunteerism, community partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities. This gives them a higher purpose and brings our entire Lerner and Rowe firm closer together.
One activity that our team members recently participated in with Alt AZ 93.3 was the Valley of Sun United Way’s pantry pack drive to end hunger in Maricopa County.
Through our partnership and experiences with Valley of the Sun United Way, our eyes have been opened further to the significant needs of adults and children across Maricopa County. We’ve learned that 82,000 families in Maricopa County currently face chronic food insecurity. That equates to one in four children living in a home where they do not know when, where, or how they will get their next meal.
We’ve also learned that hunger and malnutrition are the barriers to sustainable development. By helping to eliminate hunger, a barrier to growth is removed— allowing disadvantaged populations to establish a strong foundation and improve their overall quality of life.
By now, most organizations and businesses have established COVID-19 safety protocols to protect the health and well-being of employees, volunteers, vendors, and any other individual that may interact with them.
Before coordinating 2021 group volunteer activities, Valley of the Sun United Way made sure to establish and share their planned safety protocols to help reduce the risks of any participant. Their mindful safety precautions, including temperature checks, masks, and socially distancing, made our team feel at ease and confident when choosing to get involved with their organization.
Pandemic isolation mandates have made it essential for all of us to learn how to think outside the box and come up with alternative ways to reach out and help those in need.
Valley of the Sun United Way’s outreach efforts and programs to diminish food insecurities in Maricopa County is just one example of a local organization creating an opportunity to deliver a positive change. Valley of the Sun United Way provides nutritious food and hope to those who currently live in fear of constant food shortages and malnutrition.
Joining forces with Valley of the Sun United Way to positively impact the lives of children and their families is a reflection of our commitment to give back and pay it forward.
We encourage others to learn more about the variety of supportive programs offered by the Valley of the Sun United Way so that you too can join them in making Maricopa County a better place for adults and children to live and thrive.
Please visit LernerAndRoweGivesBack.com to find out even more about our team’s other outreach activities.
“For 95 years, our Valley of the Sun United Way volunteers have shown up in support of our community. With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw a continuation of that support as we rallied to address the urgent and emerging needs of our neighbors. While we wish more than anything to be able to thank each and every one of you in person, please know that you, our volunteer family, inspire us every day through your commitment to helping serve our community here in Maricopa County.” – Timna Guerchon, Volunteer Engagement Director | Valley of the Sun United Way
Whether online, at the office, or socially distanced. Whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all. Volunteers like Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys answered our call this past year when we needed them most. On behalf of our entire organization, we offer a humble and heartfelt THANK YOU to our volunteers!