Law & Regulation Pro Bono Community Service | Allstate Corporate Social Impact

By | September 2, 2019


My name is Kimberly Brewer. I sing in my church choir. I have a husband, and I have six boys, and I’m a home healthcare provider, taking care of the elderly. She’s spreading her love and her joy among people. Like it’s intended to be from the start. Miss Brewer for a number of years suffered from addiction. Something that often leads to a criminal record. I used to go through life thinking that it was all over, and I just thought there wasn’t any hope. Miss Brewer’s record was very old by the time she met with us, but it was still there. Despite the fact she has been sober since 2000, that entire record was still available to employers upon background checks. My criminal record was holding me back for years. She cared about my future with my kids, and she told me she was going to do everything she could do to help me get my background cleared. When the judge granted the sealing of her records, just the tears of joy that came off of her. He granted my whole record to be sealed. It was great. I was happy. Yes. The joy that she felt to be able to move forward in her life, knowing that her record was not going to be an issue anymore, she walked out of the court with her head so high. I don’t know what I would have done without them, because this has been a great, great help to me and my family. As I go throughout Cook County, I see that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of individuals that need the services of volunteer attorneys through Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and it’s important that we help. We need to make sure that we’re helping these individuals get their second chance. It is important in the Allstate culture that we do pro bono work. The Law Department is very committed to that. I get a lot of joy out of knowing that I did more than my job, but that I did a service. It’s amazing how many people there are out there in need of CGLA’s help. Every time we go down to the expungement help desk, there are 25 people lined up there at 8:00 in the morning when the clerk’s office doesn’t open for another hour, just looking to do what they can to make them more eligible for a job. What energizes Allstate volunteers about working with CGLA is the impact that they are making in people’s lives and in the community. They realize that they are helping people who are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers turn their lives around and get a fresh start so that they can continue on a path where they’re bettering their own lives and becoming productive members of society. Everyone makes mistakes. Just like me, I made mistakes. Cabrini Green Legal Aid gave me a second chance, and now I can help others. What Allstate is saying with conviction is that we believe in the people that we are helping, that they are worthy of our time and our energy, and we are sending a signal that hopefully others will see, that these are people worth investing in to better our community around us. Allstate is committed to improving the communities where we live and work. This is especially true of our hometown, Chicago. I am proud of the work we’ve done with Cabrini Green Legal Aid. It shows the impact corporations can have when they use their talent and resources to help the less fortunate. The success of this program shows the power of working together. Now, we just need more people on the field.

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