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Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C. is deeply committed to community service. Through our unique and successful Non-Profit of the Month program, the firm welcomes client and employee suggestions for charitable causes to which the firm makes a monetary contribution each month. As a further example of our commitment to community service we also contribute to microloans through the non-profit Kiva. Non-profits that have benefited from the program include: LSU Camp Tiger, the American Heart Association, Writers in Schools, the ASPCA, AIDS Response Seacoast, Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, Children's Miracle Network, Smile Train, the National Brain Tumor Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Golfer's Against Cancer, Amber Plan Partners, Texas Center for Missing Children, Team Gleason (a non-profit for ALS victims started by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason), Louisiana Fallen Officers Fund, Women LEAD, Devon's Den (Tulane graduate Devon Walker, sustained a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Tulane vs. Tulsa football game in Tulsa, Okla., on September 8, 2012), Somaly Mam Foundation, Ednas Maternity Hospital, Fonkoze USA, Shining Hope, Women for Women, Aschiana Foundation, New Horizon Center for Children with Disabilities, Gerry's Food Pantry, Canine Angels, Secret Garden Tours (benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana), Friends of Ngong Road, and the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Further, our firm has given significant financial support and time to pro bono cases for indigent individuals. We have adopted a U.S. Paratrooper Unit stationed in Afghanistan to which we send regular packages and we participate in the ACP Advisornet program which is an online network of volunteer Advisors who commit to sharing their business expertise and advice with military veterans and their immediate family. We also support Angel's in Need whose mission it is to enrich the lives of Romanian children and families by supporting already existing programs and organizations as well as aiding in the development, implementation, and financial support of programs where they are non-existent. CKSM&M also seeks to support companies owned by women and minorities whenever possible.

Please scroll down to view our year 2020 monthly causes.

annual non-profit

2020: FRIENDS OF NGONG ROAD ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A YOUNG GIRL Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR), a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3), and Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA), a registered Kenya NGO, operate with the shared mission of providing education and support for impoverished Nairobi children whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

The devastation caused by HIV/AIDS in Kenya has left the country with approximately 1 million orphaned children and many more living with a surviving HIV+ parent. Children in this program all live in the slums of Dagoretti, Nairobi where the median household income is under two dollars per day. Approximately 50% of the children in the program are orphans and the other 50% live with a surviving HIV+ parent; 5% of children in the program are themselves HIV+. Without the opportunity provided by a high-quality education, these children would be sentenced to lives of continuing poverty and would be an economic drag on Kenyan society. Unfortunately, Kenya's public education system is not up to the task as it is woefully underfunded and inconsistent in quality. FoNR believes that placing at-risk children in high-performing private schools for primary education and public high schools gives them the best chance of success and will have a long-term positive ripple effect on Kenya, Africa and the world. To learn more, click HERE.
 
Also in February 2014, and continuing now in 2020, we began an annual sponsorship of a child with the ANGEL'S IN NEED organization whose mission is to serve children with special needs and their families both locally and abroad. Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children and families by supporting already existing programs and organizations devoted to our cause as well as aiding in the development, implementation and financial support of programs where they are non-existent, all in an attempt to provide the children with opportunity and a sense of community in which to blossom. Angel's in Need, Inc. operates on a strictly volunteer basis. We are a 100% volunteer, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information on ANGEL'S IN NEED or to make adonation, please click HERE.

non-profit of the month

DECEMBER 2020:   LSBA/LBF Community Action Committee Secret Santa Project

Want to give back this holiday season? Sign up to participate in the 24th annual Secret Santa Project, a project coordinated by the LSBA/Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Community Action Committee. Through the Project, the legal community brightens the holidays for children in need by purchasing clothes and gifts, with the inspiration taken from the children’s own “wish lists.” The committee will assist children ages 12 and under from several social services agencies.  The project serves families from a variety of organizations, including women’s shelters, CASA programs, and agencies for children with special health needs.

If you wish to make a monetary donation,
 either click here to make a monetary donation online on the Louisiana Bar Foundation website or send a check made payable to the "Louisiana Bar Foundation" and mail it to the attention of Krystal Bellanger Rodriguez, Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130.

 

NOVEMBER 2020:  Her Justice

Her Justice stands with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers. 

Through our pro bono, we pair thousands of well-trained and resourced, pro bono attorneys with women who have legal needs in the areas of family, matrimonial and immigration law. When we do that, we begin to break down systemic barriers that are built into our civil justice system, barriers that reinforce and exacerbate gender, racial and economic imbalances.   Donate

 

OCTOBER 2020:  The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society protects and defends the rights of everyday New Yorkers who need legal support, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our work keeps families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives.

Our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for New Yorkers who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together.   Donate for Justice  

 

SEPTEMBER 2020:  A.C. Lewis YMCA

The Y is a nonprofit, community service organization with a focus on strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y makes sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, religion or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  At the Y, strengthening the community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors, regardless of age, income or background, to make sure everyone has the opportunity to grow and thrive.   We seek to protect and nurture all those we serve, helping them to reach their full potential, improve their health and well-being, and to support social change that will unite all people.  At the Y, we are a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We become a strong community by investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Give Now

 

AUGUST 2020: Pablove Across America

Pablove Across America (PAA) is The Pablove Foundation's amazing cycling experience that combines a week of cycling in gorgeous places with the opportunity to help kids with cancer. We ask each of our riders to raise funds that go directly to The Pablove Foundation’s programming aimed to fight childhood cancer with love.  Donate:  https://give.pablove.org/give/255909/#!/donation/checkout

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JULY 2020:  Dover Children's Home

Dover Children’s Home is a non-profit, intermediate-level residential treatment program designed to provide a wide array of community-based services for youth ages 10-20.  We proudly serve youth from all New Hampshire communities who have faced significant trauma and familial disruptions. 

Dover Children’s Home strives to provide youth and families with as many opportunities as possible to experience success and personal growth.  It is our belief that providing a combination of experiences, including age-appropriate, typical, adolescent activities and therapeutic, support activities will help the youth become more engaged, active members of the community.  Make a Donation   

 

JUNE 2020:  Son of a Saint

Son of a Saint exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships.

Each year, Son of a Saint selects a group of boys ages 10-12 to join the existing kids in our program. The boys must be fatherless due to their father's death or incarceration. Each boy remains an official Son of a Saint mentee until he is 21, but the connections remain, and we continue to advise and support him in the years that follow. Our goal is to graduate self-sufficient, independent thinkers who are leaders and give back to their community.

Son of a Saint equips boys with the tools they need to become productive men. We give them hope, vision and opportunity. We provide a secure and consistent environment for them. But the Son of a Saint mentors’ most important role is simply to be a good example.

Boys must maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA, complete eight hours of community service each month and maintain good conduct at home, school and within the Son of a Saint organization.

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MAY 2020:  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is Louisiana’s leading cancer care organization, caring for more patients each year than any other facility in the region. And with strategic hospital and physician partnerships, we are delivering on our mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer.

Mary Bird Perkins and its partners work together to provide state-of-the-art treatments and unparalleled collaborative, comprehensive cancer services. This culture of innovation helps attract the best cancer minds in the country, from expert physicians and highly specialized scientists to forward-thinking leaders in supportive care and other disciplines.

Together, with our hospital and physician partners, we are one-hundred percent focused on cancer care.

For over 40 years, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has delivered with compassion and excellence the most advanced cancer care available. Our mission is to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through expert treatment, compassionate care, early detection, research and education.    Donate

 

APRIL 2020:  WSFSSH

For the past 40 years, the West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing, Inc (WSFSSH) has provided affordable housing and supportive services to older persons and persons with special needs. Currently, we serve over 2,200 physically and mentally frail individuals, primarily frail elderly, living in 28 buildings across the Upper West Side, Harlem, the South Bronx, Chelsea. For more information, please see our website: https://www.wsfssh.org/buildings/our-buildings/

At this time, the majority of our residents are isolated in their apartments or units because it is unsafe for them to go out or they are physically unable to do so. Many of our residents live alone and are unable to go out to secure necessary food, medication and supplies. Our front line staff is working tirelessly to support our residents, they are also in need of support.

We are therefore reaching out to our friends and neighbors who might be able to offer any support during this difficult time.
 

DONATE TO WSFSSH NOW: If you are you interested in making a tax-deductible donation to WSFSSH, please click on the link below.
 
MARCH 2020: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
 
Since 1949, we’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. We work tirelessly to find cures and ensure patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need. When someone experiences the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis, we provide hope, compassion, education and support. And we are making an impact in the cancer community.
 
 
FEBRUARY 2020:  Wounded Warrior Project
 

Every warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different.

We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because we believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission. 

Warriors are veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. You are our focus. You are our mission.

Here, you’re not a member – you’re an alumnus, a valued part of a community that’s been where you’ve been, and understands what you need. Everything we offer is free because there’s no dollar value to finding recovery and no limit to what you can achieve.

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JANUARY 2020:  Bates College

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.

Since its founding in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, Bates College has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds.

A private, highly selective, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts, Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.

All activities, resources, and facilities have always been open to all members of the Bates community. Bates does not believe in — and has never allowed on campus and will never allow — organizations such as fraternities or sororities that exclude people.

Bates values the diversity of persons and perspectives, supporting this commitment through official college statements and policies.

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