The annual Justice Jog in Southern California had to take a sharp turn this year, due to COVID-19.
Our KNX Hero of the Week explains how the fundraising project adjusted, so it could keep helping kids in the welfare system.
The jog has been taking place nearly every year since 2008. It was created by Terri Wind, who works as a chief financial officer for the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, in Los Angeles.
"I am a member of the Greater Los Angeles Association of Legal Administrators (GLA ALA)," says Terri. "Every year, the national association used to hold a community challenge weekend, where members from all the chapters across the country would get together and do something for their community."
Taking age and ability into consideration, Terri came up with the 5K and 10K Justice Jog.
"I thought that it's a great way to be outdoors. You can involve your family, your friends and your coworkers," says Terri. "It's a healthy activity and there's no age limit!"
It's grown every year, now with over a thousand participants and over a hundred volunteers. It's also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for CASA of Los Angeles, a program that improves the lives of children in the welfare system, by pairing them with advocates.
"It was a natural fit, because they are involved in the legal community, representing kids in the court system."
COVID-19 turned the Justice Jog into a virtual event this year, and it actually made it easier for people to participate!
"You can do it on your own timeline, you don't have to get up at, you know, 5 in the morning and be somewhere on a specific Sunday," Terri remarks. "You can do it at your own pace."
Past participant Patrick Bieschke lives in Houston, Texas, and says the online event made it easy for him to stay in touch with the Los Angeles community.
"I want to be able to help the kids," says Patrick, "and I was fortunate enough to meet some of the kids, and it’s really an eye-opening experience to learn what so many of those kids are going through."
Making a difference in the community, Terri Wind with the Justice Jog is our KNX Hero of the Week!
"I love to help people in need," Terri expresses. "When you think about the number of kids that are impacted by the foster care system - over 30,000 in Los Angeles alone - it makes me feel good to know that I've helped in some way, and touched their lives."
KNX Heroes is brought to you by California Resources Corporation, saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes!
The Justice Jog wraps up this weekend! If you want to get involved, click on this link: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/JusticeJog
If you'd like to keep track of the money raised for CASA Los Angeles by participants in the Justice Jog, go to https://casala.org/leaderboard/
Visit https://casala.org/ for more information on CASA Los Angeles and advocate training.