Dear Friends of Kids’ Chance,
It is my great honor to assume the role as President of Kids’ Chance of New Jersey. I would be remiss if I did not thank Lenny August, our outgoing President for all of his hard work and dedication to Kids’ Chance of New Jersey (KCNJ) and for bringing me into the KCNJ family. Becoming a volunteer for Kids’ Chance of New Jersey has given me the opportunity to support the families we serve and make a positive change in their lives and in mine as well.
As a former workers’ compensation claims professional I witnessed first-hand how work-related injuries and death can impact families. The emotional and financial struggles are real. These families, through no fault of their own, have had their lives turned upside down and are forever impacted by great loss.
Each year thousands of people are injured in work related accidents; while most injuries are minor in nature and resolve with their ability to return to work and a normal way of life many do not have the same outcome. In 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 5,190 fatal occupational injuries; 101 of them occurred in New Jersey.
In a little over 6 years, Kids’ Chance of New Jersey has awarded over $450,000.00 in scholarships. However, when you look at the number we are only scratching the surface; there are more families we need to reach and I know our great group of volunteers can and will rise to the challenge.
By the numbers, according to recent data collected the average yearly tuition for private school is $34,740. In state residents average $9,970.00 while out-of-state residents face a tuition of $25,620.00. The rising cost of education makes the dream of a college education difficult for all families but more so for the children impacted by a work-related loss or serious injury of a parent.
Kids’ Chance of New Jersey is one of the only non-profit organizations that is dedicated to the plight of the injured workers’ family and together we can and will make a difference in their lives.
To all of our volunteers I look forward to working with each of you and thank you again for your continued support of Kids’ Chance of New Jersey.
Sincerely, Joseph Sabatini
President- Kids’ Chance of New Jersey