The Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is coming up on November 11th-15th. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to LBF Kids’ Chance Chair and LWCC in-house counsel Matthew Richards about this year’s efforts and events.
Kids’ Chance of America, the national organization now operating in 47 states which provides scholarships to the children of workers killed or permanently and totally disabled by a work accident, has suggested a variety of ways to get involved. The national organization has awarded 7,300 scholarships totalling 24,000,000 since it began. The average award in 2018 was $4,300.
Richards noted that over a dozen of those 7,300 scholarships are currently active in Louisiana. Some are first-year college students, and others are further along in their educational pursuits.
As the industry observes Kids’ Chance Awareness Week next month, the Louisiana Bar Foundation is asking for company swag and gift cards to include in care packages. “We’re just trying to let the scholarship recipients know that we’re thinking about them,” said Richards. “We try to time it a month or so before the exam period.”
In addition to collecting items for the care packages, LBF is hosting for a second time a “meet and greet” event at Urban South Brewery in New Orleans on November 13th. The event is an opportunity for Kids’ Chance supporters to socialize and discuss the organization’s efforts. “Last year’s event was well-attended, but we’re trying to get as many people out there as we can,” Richards explained. “It’s just another chance to raise additional scholarship funds as well.”
According to the LBF Kids’ Chance page, this year LBF awarded 16 scholarships totaling $55,500. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be available online December 1st.
Contact Dee Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Kids’ Chance or to make a donation.
Image Credit: Kids’ Chance seal via LBF