The world of workers’ compensation is usually divided between employees and employer/carriers/servicing agents. Apart from these two groups are the vendors and the adjudicators. Rarely do the trains meet outside the courtroom or the education conference. Rarely is there common purpose.

WCI provides a fantastic alternative! For one incredible morning, everyone works on the same page, for the same purpose, and receives the rewards. The Saturday morning of the WCI conference begins early as over 1,000 volunteers load the buses at 6:30 a.m. and head to Give Kids the World, the 84 acre resort that provides cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world that have come to Orlando for a week to escape. Give Kids the World creates an experience for the child and their family that they will never forget. Since its beginning in 1986, 175,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a quaint village unlike any other place on earth. The village has 166 villa accommodations, unique entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun activities for children of all abilities.

WCI attendees are able to finish a long list of work projects in that morning that would take Give Kids the World over a year to otherwise complete. The jobs range from arts and crafts to replacing fences, from landscaping to serving ice cream for breakfast (very popular with the kids!).  There’s a job for every age and every physical ability. Working side by side, participants from every group within the workers’ compensation community make a difference in the lives of those children and families.

Your participation at the Saturday, August 15, 2020, visit to Give Kids the World will also give you a chance to see the new ice cream shop that is under construction right now! Plan to arrive on Friday, August 14 and take advantage of special hotel accommodations only available to those participating in the Give Kids the World volunteer experience, and plan to attend the Gala Silent Auction fundraiser that evening. All before the Professional Mediation Institute begins Sunday morning (August 16), the moot court competition Sunday afternoon, and the Judicial Conference on Monday morning (August 17).  What a weekend! And one you will be talking about for the next year, until you can get back to do it all over again. Volunteers can register on the WCI website for the Volunteer Day, and more information on Give Kids the World is available on their website. Participants that register by July 24 for the Volunteer Day will receive a NAWCJ/GKTW t-shirt!

Robert Dietz