Autism Speaks Supports Major Research and Assistance Projects

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Since 1977, Codilis & Associates has provided high-quality legal advice to the mortgage lending and real estate industries in Chicagoland and beyond. Owner Ernest Codilis, Jr. and his staff of experienced attorneys contribute to a variety of philanthropic causes, including Autism Speaks.

Advocating for the rights of children on the autism spectrum, Autism Speaks supports research into causes of autism and best-practice interventions. The organization also conducts extensive public education to make sure the needs of families with an autistic loved one remain part of the national conversation.

Autism Speaks maintains the Autism Treatment Network, which concentrates on facilitating access to healthcare services. The organization’s Global Autism Public Health program goes even further by extending autism-related services to people living in under-resourced areas.

Among Autism Speaks’ other notable initiatives is the MSSNG (pronounced “missing”) program, which represents a groundbreaking partnership with Google to establish a comprehensive genetic database focused on autism. MSSNG has succeeded in sequencing thousands of entire familial genomes of people affected by the autism spectrum.

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A Sports Legend Reaches Out with Opportunities for Chicago’s Youth

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From offices in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, Ernest Codilis and his team at the law firm of Codilis & Associates, PC, concentrate on serving clients in matters involving creditors’ rights, mortgage lending, bankruptcy, and other areas of practice. The firm also maintains a strong involvement in its community, with partners and associates supporting a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including Bo Jackson’s Give Me a Chance Foundation.

Started by Bo Jackson, a legendary Heisman Trophy-winning professional football and baseball player, the foundation works to create positive changes in the lives of youth who are identified as at-risk and underprivileged. Operating with its founder’s passionate belief in the power of sports and academics to inspire young people to become their best selves, the foundation offers character-building activities and training programs that have reached out to hundreds of children in the Chicago area.

In particular, the foundation provides funding to allow children to attend special sports-focused summer camps, operated in collaboration with Jackson’s Elite Sports Dome and the Cangelosi Baseball training program. With the support of these two local venues, the foundation is able to offer young athletes the chance to become experienced and well-rounded players while developing agility, stamina, and resilience.

Board members of the foundation serve without compensation, and 80 percent of donated funds go toward the programs, equipment, and services that directly impact young people.

Five Reasons to Sponsor a Child in a Developing Country

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The attorneys at Codilis and Associates serve the needs of mortgage lenders and service providers throughout the state of Illinois. As part of their charitable endeavors, Codilis and Associates are long-time supporters of World Vision, which connects children in need with people who can sponsor them so they may enjoy more opportunities in life. Codilis & Associates continues to support this organization and encourages others to do the same by becoming sponsors. Following are some great reasons why individuals should do this.

1. Sponsoring a child is a genuinely rewarding experience. A great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment can be gained from the knowledge that sponsorship will allow a child access to resources that may not otherwise have been available.

2. Sponsorship is affordable and can make a genuine difference in somebody’s life. The World Vision program, for example, costs only $39 per month. That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.

3. Supporting a child affords unique insight into different cultures and regions of the world, allowing one to develop a greater understanding of the social challenges faced by children in other countries.

4. Sponsorship sets a great example for children, demonstrating the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.

5. A sponsor will build a personal relationship with the child being supported through the exchange of letters, gifts, and cards. In doing this, the achievements of the sponsored child can be shared, and the sponsor can feel secure in the knowledge that his or her donations have made it all possible.

Cambodia’s Hope Brings Nutrition and Education to Children

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Codilis & Associates is an Illinois-based law firm with experience in real estate law and creditor rights. In addition to representing clients who work within the business sector, Codilis and Associates supports a wide array of charitable initiatives, including the efforts of the nonprofit Cambodia’s Hope.

Founded more than a decade ago, Cambodia’s Hope is an organization that supports the operations of several orphanages in the Asian country. The primary orphanage that the organization supports is the Palm Tree Orphanage, which has grown from providing for 16 children in 2002 to 86 children today with the help of Cambodia’s Hope.

The work of Cambodia’s Hope allows the Palm Tree Orphanage to provide its young residents with nutrition, education, art, and recreation. These children are able to attend a half day of standard Cambodian school along with a half day of education provided especially by the orphanage, where the students learn subjects including English, chemistry, accounting, and computers. Additionally, most students attend a music or dance program and participate in public performances to showcase learned skills.

According to findings reported by UNICEF, around one billion children live in poverty around the world, but programs such as Cambodia’s Hope that provide them with access to a home and education go a long way toward reducing the effect that poverty can have on their lives. Research shows that access to education can be the crucial catalyst that motivates communities within developing countries to improve levels of food security, health care, and gender equality for their citizens.