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The Importance of Community Service in our Society: Our Firm’s Perspective

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  John F. Kennedy

Volunteerism has a long and honored tradition in the history of our nation. The traditions of community service and citizen participation have been at the heart of American civic culture since the nation was founded. Whether through town hall meetings, the local school board, a political party, a hospital auxiliary, or one of our innumerable other national and local organizations, Americans have felt and acted on the need to give something back to their communities.

Historically, our greatest strength as a nation has been our willingness to be there for one another. Citizen participation is part of our birthright. Volunteering is not a conservative or liberal, Democratic or Republican issue; caring and compassion simply help to define us as being human. Volunteering not only helps communities, but it also helps individual volunteers to integrate their own idealism and realism in a healthy way. An idealist without a healthy dose of realism tends to become a naive romantic. A realist without ideals tends to become a cynic.

The Friedland | Carmonas considers charitable work to be part of their obligation to give back to the Miami-Dade and South Florida community, and so contributes in several ways.

Our firm sponsors the University of Miami Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Fundraiser and has raised over $20,000 for this clinic. Friedland | Carmona managing partner, Jonathan R. Friedland, knows how important the Miami-Dade County fundraiser is as his wife, Nicole, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. The University of Miami treats thousands of citizens throughout South Florida with many patients traveling from South American countries where medical care and treatment is not as advanced. Patients rely on the doctors and staff at the Department of Neurology to guide them through the day to day challenges of Multiple Sclerosis.

In addition, Jonathan R. Friedland has raised over $30,000.00 for the Miami based clinic through his hobby of competing in Ironman Triathlons. In 2009, Mr. Friedland was one of the top three charitable fundraisers at the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship in Kialua-Kona, Hawaii.

Similarly, Michael Carmona enjoys spending much of his free time and weekends performing community service in the Kendall, Hialeah, Miami and North Miami area with the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has raised millions of dollars to local charities throughout the South Florida community. The Kiwanis of Little Havana gives thousands of dollars in donations annually to the Children’s Cancer Clinic, Centro Mater, Kiwanis Horses for the Handicapped, Centro Hispano Catolico and Camillus House just to name a few. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana offers scholarship opportunities, basketball leagues, sports camps, book bags full of school supplies and Christmas toys to underprivileged kids in South Florida. Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has been the founder and sole organizer of Calle Ocho, Carnival Miami and Carnival Miami.

The Miami personal injury lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona have been dedicated to helping people throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties whether it’s on the weekends through community service or in the courtroom vigorously representing clients for car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, product liability, nursing home negligence, negligent security and construction site injuries. Please let our family help your family. The Miami personal injury lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience in handling Florida personal injury cases. Please contact us at (305) 661-2008 for your free consultation.

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