Positive Partnership Grows between Voices For Children and Akerman LLP.
Giving Back in Miami
Akerman LLP., a top 100 U.S. law firm has demonstrated their commitment to the community with their 2nd annual ‘Give Back’ initiative, which supports volunteer child advocacy and pro-bono service all over the United States. The initiative is a cooperative effort by firm lawyers and staff who stand behind organizations that share the firm’s philanthropic interests of education and youth development. As a part of this campaign, and with tremendous generosity, Akerman LLP.’s Miami office showed their support of the foster children of Miami-Dade County by enthusiastically dedicating a full week of fundraising to Voices For Children Foundation and the Guardian ad Litem Program. The effort Akerman LLP. devoted to Voices For Children confirmed their passionate focus on supporting a worthy cause, and it was also clear through the time and energy they invested that they wanted to find out what the foster children of Miami-Dade county would appreciate the most.
To begin their fundraising efforts, Akerman LLP. joined our 9th annual Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament at Splitsville Luxury Lanes & Dinner Lounge on May 20th. Following this event, Akerman hosted “kafecito kickoff” on June 1st, where coffee and snacks were provided and Bria, a former foster youth who Voices supports was able to share her powerful success story. The inspiring story of Bria’s struggles deeply moved the Akerman LLP. staff and was the perfect motivation to start the week of fundraising. Some of the other fundraising events throughout the week included a pie throwing contest where Akerman Top Leadership proved their lively spirits and approachable character by volunteering to be pied in the face for a good cause! What’s more, after discovering the staggering statistic that over 3,700 kids are part of Miami-Dade County’s foster care system and approximately 45% of these kids are 5 years old or younger, Akerman LLP. devoted another event, “Wet Wednesday”, to collecting diapers for those in need.
Through their efforts during this week, Akerman LLP. not only collected diapers and school supplies for the kids we support, but they also raised an incredible $13,357 for Voices For Children! The funds collected will be a tremendous help for The Children’s Needs Program, which supplements the woefully insufficient State and Federal funding to the children we serve with direct financial assistance. This program provides funds to address immediate necessities and other essentials, such as tutoring, school uniforms, and other things that all children deserve, such as field trips, summer camp, sports, and more!
Looking Toward the Future
We would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to Akerman LLP. for the efforts they demonstrated to help foster children in our community. As Alan Abramowitz, GAL Executive Director, said: “In Florida we have accomplished so much, yet there are still approximately 4,500 children in foster care who do not have a GAL standing by their side. The generous support from Akerman is helping to change that grim statistic for the better.”
We look forward to continuing to work with Akerman to ensure that this wonderful partnership remains strong.