As attorneys who specialize in asbestos cases, we work daily with clients facing enormous tragedies due to circumstances beyond their control. Most of these people are coping with malignant mesothelioma brought on by work-related asbestos exposure and because of this our firm’s foundation makes it a priority to donate to mesothelioma research. But our exposure to tragedy and how adverse circumstances beyond people’s ability to control can have a corrosive effect on their lives as well as the lives of their families – especially young dependent children – motivates us to reach out to all those who need help.
One of the best ways we have found for our firm’s foundation to donate to those in need in the community at large is through the annual Season of Sharing Fund. Although the Season of Sharing fund drive occurs primarily during the December holiday season, its impact on making a difference in the lives of those around us reverberates throughout the year.
This year the Season of Sharing fund campaign total for 2013-2014 reached $7,100,649. When I recently reviewed the fund campaign online report, I was proud to note that Kazan Law is one of only two law firms in the Leadership Circle of major donors.
We choose to donate to the Season of Sharing because:
- Through a network of more than 120 community service agencies, the Fund works to identify families in need and provide short-term, critical assistance grants.
- All of the Fund’s administrative expenses are covered by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the San Francisco Chronicle. So 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to help the recipients.
- The Fund helps families in many ways, such as paying the rent so they can stay in their home, covering a security deposit so they can transition out of a homeless shelter, or buying a wheelchair or other essential medical equipment that they couldn’t otherwise afford. The Fund supports food banks and distributes nearly $1 million each year to assist individuals and families who might otherwise go hungry.