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Letter from the President

 

Matt Riddle

As a workers' compensation attorney, I see the devastating emotional and financial impact on a family when a work-related injury results in permanent disability or death.  Children can be particularly disadvantaged by a parent’s injury, as they are often helpless victims of circumstances that are beyond their control. Volunteering for Kids' Chance of South Carolina gives me an opportunity to support our community and make a difference in the lives of children affected by workplace accidents.

Millions of workplace injuries occur every year in the United States, and costs for higher education continue to soar. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Needless to say, the rising costs of education make it very difficult for the children of families affected by workplace injuries to attend college. Fortunately, Kids' Chance of South Carolina provides financial resources and educational opportunities for these children. Nationally, Kids' Chance organizations have distributed 5,593 scholarships, exceeding $16 Million in scholarship funds. Locally, Kids' Chance of South Carolina has awarded over $1 Million in scholarships funds since 1993.

Kids' Chance of South Carolina is the only non-profit organization in our state that is focused on helping children who are affected by a parent or guardian's work-related accident or death. The direct result of your kind donation will assist many young adults in achieving their higher education dreams.

I hope that you find it worthwhile to make a contribution to this incredible cause. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Kids' Chance of South Carolina, and I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

Matthew O. Riddle, Esquire                                                                                                   President