Kenneth J. Allen Law Group considers it an honor to be able to contribute both as a firm, and individually as attorneys and support staff within the firm, to the community surrounding Chicago and the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. The firm’s commitment to its community is shown by its involvement in a variety of pro bono, civic, and philanthropic endeavors in this region, and just this past year alone, thousands of people benefitted from the generosity of the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group.
One of the most recent charitable endeavors that Kenneth Allen and his wife Nina spearheaded was a shopping trip for at-need students for the holidays. Allen says, “My wife, and I give all the credit to her because she really is a generous angel, used to buy presents for the holidays, wrap them up and give them out to kids who may not have been able to have much during the holidays. But then we realized, what a family really needs is a hand up to strengthen their family, so we started providing them with gift cards so they could buy the gifts themselves and give their to their own children. This year we gave 300 gift cards to parents for $110 each. We supplied the bus transportation to the local K-Mart store in Lake and Porter Counties so they wouldn’t have to worry about the burden of transportation and then they shop. I think helping to support strengthening families is something this country really needs.”
For the Thanksgiving holiday, Allen and his wife gave dinners to needy families. “Through Kappa Charities in Gary and Portage, we were able to give the turkey and all the trimmings and we feel really good about that, especially because that is the time of month when food stamps run out but still a family wants to put a nice holiday dinner on the table,” Allen says.
Kenneth J. Allen Law Group also pledged $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Gary earlier this year, and in Porter County they sponsored the Boys & Girls Clubs 14th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner in October. The event took place at Valparaiso University and was designed to bring community leaders and 120 Club members together for a fun-filled evening by seating the adults and kids together at each table to share stories about their life experiences. The objective was to have Club members realize the diverse opportunities available in Porter County as well as provide leaders a direct connection to the youth of their community. The best part about this event was the kids dined on steaks and the adults ate eat burgers!
For the back to school season, Kenneth J. Allen Law Group sponsored a donation of 800 stocked backpacks to students in the Hammond and Portage Schools. Dr. Deb Dudek, Director of Title and Special Student Programs for the Portage Township Schools said, “We were the lucky recipients of 200 backpacks stuffed with a lunch bag, pencils, scissors, erasers, rulers, subject notebooks, and hand sanitizer. It was just amazing. Many of our parents struggle with buying new school supplies and it’s a rite of passage for students to get new supplies. All we had to do as a school system was identify the students in need. It’s amazing to give back like that and Portage is so grateful. It’s humbling to work with this man. How thoughtful is that gift of love—because that’s what it is, a gift of love.”
Dudek says she was also involved in identifying families to receive holiday gift cards. “We had parents who were literally in tears that they could buy a little something for Christmas. Many bought toys, other bought clothes based on what their kids needed or wanted. It’s absolutely touching and there were no strings attached. This is the amazing part of my job because Ken Allen really cares to give back. It’s heartwarming,” she said.
For over five years, Kenneth J. Allen Law Group has also sponsored the Teachers of Excellence recognition of outstanding teachers in Lake and Porter Counties. Being a teacher can many times be a thankless job, but Kenneth Allen realizes that a teacher’s impact on a person’s life can be monumental, so each month he recognizes four teachers who are nominated online through his website, or through a school principal or superintendent, who goes above and beyond the call of duty. These teachers are profiled in the Times of Northwest Indiana and receive a gift card to Staples to buy any supplies to supplement their work.
For Kenneth Allen and his family and team, giving back and supporting the future of the region is what generosity is all about. “As our blessings have increased, we have tried to increase the blessings of others,” he says.