The Sawaya Foundation
The Sawaya Law Firm is built on a set of 12 Core Values. Those values are fundamental to the way we operate. For more than four decades, they have shaped our law firm’s success and the success of our clients.
Two of those values – Service and Responsibility – greatly influence the work we have done and continue to do in Colorado through The Sawaya Foundation. Established in 2015, The Sawaya Foundation reflects our law firm’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and practice and to making a difference in people’s lives.
SUPPORT FOR EVENTS
GET INVOLVED: CHEER FOR THE TROOPS
Through the month of November the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders (DBC) will be collecting supplies to send overseas to our Troops — This charity was brought to our attention after one of our employees sent an email to our staff, asking if anyone would be interested in donating items. We quickly realized that we employee and work with several veterans; a few that
SAWAYA LAW FIRM SUPPORTS MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION GALA
For over 15 years, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has been standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s longstanding mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion and acceptance.
ACLU — A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado’s goal is to reach out to the public on important issues, to respond to new challenges and to undertake strong, creative, and successful legal, educational and advocacy initiatives. The ACLU is a statewide organization of over 11,000 members, working together to defend, protect and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people in Colorado.
If you would like to learn more about The Sawaya Foundation. We are always interested in hearing about projects and events that reflect our Law Firm’s 12 Core Values and the mission of The Sawaya Foundation.
The Sawaya Foundation is involved in many different projects in Denver, Greeley, Colorado Springs and communities throughout Colorado. Those projects include:
TEACH ME HOW TO GDL
Our law firm’s founding attorney, Michael Sawaya, lost a sister in a car accident involving alcohol. This is one of the reasons why a major focus of The Sawaya Foundation is on educating teenagers in Colorado about the dangers of careless and reckless driving. Our support of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s “Teach Me How to GDL” campaign is a prime example.
The “Teach Me How to GDL” campaign is one of the most innovative traffic safety programs in the country. It targets newly licensed teen drivers between the ages of 15 and 18 and focuses on raising their awareness about three laws that bear directly on their safety:
- PASSENGERS – In Colorado’s graduated driver’s license (GDL) program, teen drivers can have no passengers under the age of 21 during their first six months of driving, while in months six through 12, they can carry only one passenger under the age of 21.
- CELL PHONE USE – CODOT’s message is simple and direct, “Hands off your phone. Hands on the wheel.” In Colorado, drivers under age 18 cannot use cell phones behind the wheel for any reason, including talking or texting.
- SEAT BELTS – Drivers of all ages must wear seat belts in Colorado, and for a good reason – seat belts save lives and prevent serious injuries if a crash occurs.
CODOT strives to reach teens by targeting them where they tend to spend the bulk of their time – on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. As part of the campaign, CODOT has produced a series of brief, funny and informative videos that are aimed at getting the attention of teen drivers and making the information sink in.
IMPACT TEEN DRIVERS
Several members of our legal team are trained and certified to give programs through Impact Teen Drivers. This is a national, non-profit organization that was started in California in 2007. The goal of the organization is to educate teen drivers about the dangers and consequences of reckless and careless driving as well as to educate their parents, teachers and other community members. The Impact Teen Drivers program uses a variety of “evidence-based tools to deliver high-energy presentations” on topics such as speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving. The materials are tailored for different target audiences. We have found the program to be highly effective and are proud to support it in Colorado.
FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Through our funeral assistance program, The Sawaya Foundation provides financial support to families in Colorado who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. The program provides up to $1,000 to families to help them to cover funeral and burial expenses. We review applications for other financial assistance for innocent victims or their families on a case-by-case basis.
FIRST RESPONDERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Sawaya Foundation also has a program for injured first responders and their families. We understand the risks that first responders face as the first ones to arrive at the scene of car accidents, fires or natural disasters and to render needed and, in many cases, life-saving assistance. We deeply appreciate their service. In this program, we provide awards of up to $1,000 to first responders (or their loved ones) in Colorado who have been injured while serving in the line of duty.
SAWAYA LAW FIRM IN THE COMMUNITY
In addition to the above projects, Sawaya Law Firm is involved in our communities in many different ways. Some of the ways in which we strive to make a difference are:
FREE CAB RIDE
To promote responsible driving and prevent accidents, our law firm sponsors a free holiday cab ride program in Denver and Colorado Springs.
We teamed up with the Denver School of Arts to sponsor a Holiday Greeting Card Contest in which students in grades 6-12 created the artwork for our law firm’s holiday greeting cards.
We provide an Appreciation Card that helps our clients and supports local businesses. The card entitles holders to special offers from local restaurants, retailers and service providers.
We support a wide range of charitable organizations that give back to our communities. For instance, Mr. Sawaya is President of the Board of the Servicios de La Raza non-profit community organization.
If you would like to discuss your project or organization and learn more about The Sawaya Foundation, please contact us. We would love to discuss possible ways in which we could lend our support.