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Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. is deeply committed to New Orleans and its surrounding communities.  Through our Non-Profit of the Month program, the firm welcomes employee and client suggestions for charitable causes to which the firm makes contributions and often volunteers. We encourage firm-wide participation in events such as the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure and the National Heart Association's Heart Walk.

As an example of our commitment; we purchase our office coffee from the Hope Farm in Honduras as well as contribute to microloans through Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

CKS also seeks to support companies owned by women and minorities whenever possible.

Please scroll down to view monthly causes. Thank you.

 

SEPTEMBER 2013: EDEN HOUSE is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited.  Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost. Through Eden House, women receive wrap-around services such as counseling, education, and job training. Since addiction is often connected with prostitution, a twelve-step program is part of the Eden House model. The program is expected to be highly successful: two and a half years after beginning the program, 72% of the women who join Nashville’s Magdalene House are clean, sober, and no longer working in prostitution.

Eden House has opened its doors to its first residents, and thanks to considerable community support and enthusiasm, the momentum is growing. Click HERE to check out this video for more information on Eden House’s founding and operation.  Click HERE to donate.

 

 

AUGUST 2013: TIMMONS HABITAT - establishes transitional and emergency housing for victims of domestic violence in the New Orleans area. Our organization is seeking funds to arrange housing in the New Orleans area to provide safe havens to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

Timmons’ Habitat is a new non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that aims to reduce the number of domestic violence cases by providing safer housing options for women and children in dangerous and hostile environments.

Click HERE to learn more about Timmon's Habitat.

 

 

JULY 2013: COVENANT HOUSE - For 25 years, Covenant House New Orleans has provided a safe haven for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 16-21. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, we shelter and care for neglected, abused, and exploited kids from the New Orleans area and from across the United States. Covenant House is governed by a local, volunteer Board of Directors and staffed with experienced, dedicated professionals and volunteers.

We have touched the lives of over 18,000 youth, providing them with food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, individual and family counseling, educational assistance, vocational and job training, life skills and so much more.

We seek to rebuild and reunite families whenever possible, or offer youth the opportunity and the tools they need to build healthy, independent and productive lives.

To learn more about Covenant House or to make a donation, please click
HERE
.

 

ALSO IN JULY 

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2013 - Toys and gifts are needed year-round for patients from birth to 21. They receive many gifts during the holiday season, but toy donations throughout the year are also needed to bring smiles to their young patients during every season, all year long.

Please click HERE to see their year-round toy donation list and contact information.  Please click HERE to see other donation options.

 

 

 

 

 

bENfRANKLINJUNE 2013: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL - Benjamin Franklin High School is consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week magazines and has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state again this year. Franklin was also recently named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School. It has also been recognized as the top Advanced Placement testing school in the Southern region of the United States. Franklin serves a population of students with high academic potential.

Please click HERE to learn more about Benjamin Franklin High School. Please consider a DONATION to help Benjanim Franklin High School continue to be one of the best schools in the country; to continue to nurture some of the best minds and hearts; to continue to model selfless behavior; and to continue to stand as a symbol of hope and joy to the entire New Orleans community. Benjamin Franklin High School is and will be one of the reasons that New Orleans really matters.

 

Devon Walker-Devon's DenMAY 2013: DEVON'S DEN (Devon Walker)

Tulane Green Wave football player Devon Walker, a senior safety, suffered a broken neck during the Tulsa-Tulane football game on Sept. 8, 2012.  He flew toward a Tulsa player on the last play before halftime, going for a tackle. His teammate Julius Warmsely, 100 pounds heavier than Walker, smashed in from the side, flinging Walker on top of a Tulsa player. Devon had surgery following the injury and now has been moved to a comprehensive in-patient rehabilitation center where he will continue his recovery. Devon is a senior majoring in cell and molecular biology.

Please click HERE to learn more about Devon and his continued hard work and success in rehabilitating his devastating injury.  While you're there, consider a donation to this very worthy cause.

 

APRIL 2013: Women LEAD - Women LEAD was an idea born in a dorm room at Georgetown University.

Claire Naylor had grown up in Nepal seeing the discrimination and violence that women around her were facing every day. Despite their challenges, these women were strong and resilient. She knew how much they would accomplish if they were given a strong education and leadership opportunities. Our mission is to provide young women in Nepal, with the skills, support and opportunities to become leaders in their schools and communities.

Before Women LEAD was started, there were no leadership organizations for young women in Nepal. Most of the girls entering our program had never written a resume before or spoken up in public. We strongly believe that young women must be empowered with the training, confidence and resources to be leaders. When young women are given the tools to lead, they become powerful agents for change. We've empowered and trained more than 400 girls to be leaders!

To make a donation to Woman LEAD, please click
HERE.

 

MARCH 2013: HELP FOR HEROES - Founded by Andres Gonzalez Jr.., a decorated retired New Orleans Police officer, Help for Heroes, Inc. is a non-profit organization set up to provide financial and other assistance to law enforcement officers, first responders and/or their families, especially those injured or killed in the line of duty.  Please click HERE to donate.

 

FEBRUARY 2013: GO RED FOR WOMEN - in 2004, the AHA created Go Red For Women - a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.

Funds raised by Go Red For Women allow the American Heart Association to help women by offering educational programs, increase women's understanding about their risk for heart disease and support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health. We turn science into materials and tools that healthcare providers and decision-makers can use to help women. Scientific guidelines on women and healthcare providers receive the most up-to-date strategies and treatments tailored to a woman's individual risk.in 2004, the AHA also created Go Red For Women - a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk. Funds raised by Go Red For Women allow the American Heart Association to help women by offering educational programs, increase women's understanding about their risk for heart disease and support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health. We turn science into materials and tools that healthcare providers and decision-makers can use to help women. Scientific guidelines on women and healthcare providers receive the most up-to-date strategies and treatments tailored to a woman's individual risk. To make a donation to the American Heart Association's GO RED Challenge, please clickHERE.

 

Team Gleason - No White Flags!JANUARY 2013: TEAM GLEASON - The mission of The Gleason Initiative Foundation is to help provide individuals with muscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services, and to raise public awareness toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis “ALS” by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

Steve gleason played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000 - 2008. He will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina. Steve was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011; ALS is considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. Beyond his faith that there is a solution to heal, it is his mission to show that patients can not only live, they can also thrive after this diagnosis. In doing so, he hopes to inspire others to do the same. NO WHITE FLAGS!

Steve and his wife Michel are a daily inspiration for all ALS patients and their families. Please support The Gleason Initiative Foundation in reaching it's goals by donating
HERE.

PLEASE NOTE:>>>>>>Currently there is only a single therapy approved for treating ALS progression – the drug Rilutek (riluzole) with the accepted, modest benefit estimated to be a three month extension in patient survival. To learn more about life with ALS, The Gleason Initiative Foundation, or to follow Steve on Facebook click HERE. Steve Gleason played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. He will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night theSteve Gleason played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. He will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the

 

DECEMBER 2012: TEXAS CENTER FOR THE MISSING - Texas Center for the Missing administers the nation’s strongest chapter of Amber Alert. Our training model is nationally recognized. The Houston Regional Amber Alert has a 90% success rate for recovering children safely! Concerned citizens are passionate about helping these families and we are honored by our association.

Texas Center for the Missing provides free child identification kits for parents should their child ever be lost. We do extensive community education of children to help them be aware, to prevent their being abducted, and to know what to do if they are. There is much more we need to do and we need your help!

You are invited to help Texas Center for the Missing in their mission. Click
HERE to learn more.

 

Golfers Against CancerNOVEMBER 2012: GOLFERS AGAINST CANCER - an all volunteer Houston based 501C3 that raises money for cancer     research. In its 15 year existence it has raised, with matching funds, over 22 million dollars for the fight against cancer. Over the years, the circle of supporters has grown so large, that a second, nongolfing event was created, the Dinners for Cancer Research (DCR).  Both GAC and DCR have become vehicles for golfers and non-golfers alike to support friends and family with cancer and to help speed the cure.  Dinners are currently held in New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, Greensboro, NC, and Boston, MA.  Again, the founding sponsors contributions cover all costs of hosting the events. Learn more about the men who inspired Golfers Against Cancer, or better yet, MAKE YOUR OWN DONATION by clicking HERE. 

 

OCTOBER 2012: SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE - We are excited to participate with an 18 member team in this years Race for the Cure! Our team name is the "Elvis Breastly's".  If you would like to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation please click HERE. 

ALSO IN OCTOBER: We are pleased to participate in a program started by Judge Max Tobias of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals when he noticed that foster kids moving from home to home transported their belongings in garbage bags. The firm participates by collecting and donating suitcases to Judge Tobias’s program for Louisiana children in foster care.

 

SEPTEMBER 2012: NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels.

We have a rigorous and thoughtful agenda, integrating research and public policy to bridge critical gaps. Starting with discovery science, to clinical trial design and the development of new therapies, there are many opportunities to make improvements and speed the momentum of new findings. It’s time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today. GET INVOLVED or MAKE A GIFT to support our mission and help us find a cure for brain tumors.

 

AUGUST 2012: CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK Hospitals of CoxHealth is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the medical care of children, birth through age 18. Unique to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth is the fact that 100 percent of all funds raised remains local and 100 percent of funds raised directly benefits the children of the Ozarks. 17 million children and their families are served by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year - more than any other children's cause. Click HERE to list to stories of children who have all been helped by Children's Miracle Network of CoxHealth. To support the Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals, click HERE.

 

JULY 2012: THE PHILADELPHIA GLOBAL WATER INITIATIVE is a group of interested organizations and individuals committed to helping to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals for water/sanitation throughout the world. It includes among its members the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Water Department, Water for People, Aqua America, Pennoni Associates, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Uhl, Baron, Rana and Associates, the United Nations Association – Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Meta Quality of Life Improvement Foundation, Traveling Mercies, Keiyo Soy Ministries, the Delaware River Basin Commission, and Rotary District 7450. PGWI is always interested in welcoming more members.

The members of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative envision a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation; a world where suffering from water-related and sanitation-related diseases are eliminated. By utilizing the resources and expertise of the Philadelphia Region, we work to increase global access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services. For more information on The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, please click HERE.

 

JUNE 2012: AIDS Response Seacoast is a non-profit community-based AIDS Service Organization dedicated to providing education, direct assistance and advocacy for persons and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. ARS has been providing services in the communities of Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire since 1987. Our mission is to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and their families and to help prevent the spread of the virus through education and prevention programs. ARS is the only agency providing these services in Rockingham and Strafford counties. All of the services provided to persons living with HIV/AIDS are free of charge.  For more information or to support AIDS Response Seacoast please click HERE.

 

MAY 2012: ASPCA - Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Please join us in supporting the ASPCA. Click
HERE to donate and learn.

 

APRIL 2012: WITS (Writers in Schools, Houston, Tx.) Writers in the Schools (WITS) engages children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing.

Every child deserves a holistic education that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and personal responsibility.
Writing is an art that must be practiced and developed over time. Low-income students can thrive and grow through high-quality art education programs. The relationship between the WITS writer and the classroom teacher is a partnership. WITS supports classroom teachers as they adopt new approaches to teaching creative writing. WITS writers reflect Houston’s diversity to meet the needs of the community.

Everyone has a personal story to tell. WITS provides opportunities for storytelling and the skills needed to do it well. To learn more about WITS-Houston click
HERE.

 

MARCH 2012: The SECRET GARDEN Tours. In Louisiana, 90 out of every 100,000 residents have some form of a brain injury. Every year, 1,000 out of every 100,000 metro Orleans area residents acquire brain injuries.

The purpose of The Secret Gardens Tour is to provide information about brain injury and resources to brain injury recovery in greater New Orleans and Louisiana. Funds raised from the event will go to local brain injury education and recovery programs.  Click HERE for more information.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012: The AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The American Heart Association publishes a standard for providing basic and advanced life support, including standards for proper performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The AHA offers the most widely accepted certification for basic life support (BLS). The AHA is now also a provider of training for first aid, in addition to CPR.  Join us in supporting the American Heart Association.  When you donate to the American Heart Association, you are joining us in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers – heart disease and stroke. Your donation will support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk. In short, you are helping save lives. Click HERE for more information.

 

Camp Tiger - LSU Medical SchoolJANUARY 2012: CAMP TIGER was founded in 1985 by first-year students from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Its mission is to give disadvantaged and challenged children an enjoyable summer camp experience. For the campers, this may be their only chance during the summer to socialize with other children without being singled out for their disability. This week-long day camp lets campers be “just one of the kids” and provides them with freedom to play, socialize, and express themselves as healthy, vibrant children. Camp Tiger is organized and staffed each year by volunteers from the first-year class. Students look forward to the opportunity to work with these exceptional children and serve the community. Since its inception, Camp Tiger has benefitted over 1,500 children from the Greater New Orleans area. Attendance is free due to extensive fundraising efforts by first-year medical students. Camp Tiger celebrates its 25th anniversary of service to the New Orleans community and its surrounding areas. For more information about CAMP TIGER or to donate to this non-profit, please click HERE.

 

CKS supports Central Vermont Humane SocietyDECEMBER 2011: The Central Vermont Humane Society provides a helping hand and a temporary home for animals. They also provide pet adoption as well as spay & neutering services. They provide services to two counties in Central Vermont and strive to ensure the humane treatment of all domestic animals.

Join us in supporting this month's non-profit.  They have several creative ways for you to donate including their own retail area with very nice items including dog beds, leashes and the popular Martingale dog collar. A portion of all sales from their retail area goes to support their efforts. To donate to the Central Vermont Humane Society, click HERE.

Also in December: Dover Children's Home is dedicated to enriching the lives of adolescents and strengthening their family relationships through the highest quality residential treatment services and educational programs. Our commitment to evolving and designing new treatment programs must set the standard for excellence in the field and enable those children facing life's most difficult challenges with the means to grow and live healthy, productive, and independent lives. Click HERE for information.
 

 

NOVEMBER 2011:  This month's non-profit is OREN OUBRE, brother of one of our own, Louis Oubre.  Oren was recently diagnosed with a serious form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. This illness is making it hard for him to earn a living at the moment and the bills are mounting. His prognosis is good but he could really use your help.  Oren is accepting donations at:  https://www.wepay.com/donate/127499

Oren is grateful for your consideration and generosity.

 

OCTOBER 2011: SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE - We are excited to participate with an 18 member team in this years Race for the Cure! Our team name is "Breast Defense".  Please visit  visit our Team Webpage for more information by clicking HERE.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2011: The Rotary Club of New Orleans - Our donation will benefit Oschner Child Life, JPAS, WWII Museum, WRBH, Caps for Kids, Operation Smile, St. Anthony’s, Lafreniere Park, La. Deaf Olympics, Pontiff Playground, as well as other organizations.

 

AUGUST 2011: Tripp Roth - Our August non-profit is a baby, Tripp Roth. Tripp Roth, has Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa which as you can see by following the link http://web.me.com/trearx/Tripp/Main.html, is a life life threatening and horrible illness.

Also in August: The National Brain Tumor Society, "Jumping for Jonathan" - It has come to light that our one of our firm employee's had a young family member recently pass away from a rare brain malignancy, Craniopharyngioma.  This little boy's family is hosting a fundraiser to help raise awareness and support the National Brain Tumor Society.  Click this link, Jumping for Jonathan, to learn more about Jonathan and how you can help.  They are in need of restaurant donations, silent auction items, and raffle prizes, as well as monetary donations; no amount is too small.

 

JULY 2011:  Humane Society of Louisiana

 

 

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