Community Service and Charitable Acts Are Win/Win for Collection Professionals

Win-win situation, opposite signsCommunity service and other charitable acts are a part of the culture of many if not most of our National List Member law firms. Our own Kacey Rask joined and has served on the board of a group for professional women called “The BisMan Stilettos.” These women share a love for service in their community. A requirement of membership is 12 hours of service a year. Kacey enjoys the service and also finds the group to be a good source of networking. Recently, she rallied the NL Team to participate in The BisMan Stilettos’ “50 Acts of Kindness Campaign.” To reach our goal of 50, and with Kaitlyn and Brittany as co-captains, each NL team member completed and reported on 6 or more acts of kindness on a spreadsheet that everyone could read. It was inspiring to see how our team pulled together and to see what acts of kindness they done.

What does your office do in and for your community? We would love to hear your stories!

As part of our “50 Papers in 50 Days” 2013 State Laws Campaign, a blog was published on the author of each paper. One suggestion we made as to what the authors could say about themselves and their firm was “What charitable work do you or does your firm do &/or support?” A few, but not all of the responses are reported below. We hope they will give your firm some ideas as to charitable work you could do as individuals and as a firm to serve others, bring your team together and enhance your image in your community.

2013: “What charitable work do you or does your firm do &/or support?”

Gurstel Chargo  Law Firm, Minnesota

[They] provide service to the community, along with mandated volunteer work for all of their attorneys and staff. Some of the organizations they serve include Feed My Starving Children, Sholom Home and Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP).

Hammerman & Hultgren, P.C., Arizona

They do Pro Bono work for Jewish Free Loan Association, and they support The American Red Cross in times of emergency.

Dominion Law Associates, Virginia

Their “signature charity” is REACH (Reading Enriches All Children).

Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, LLC (RSIEH), Wisconsin

The author, Shane Gale, volunteers at the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee and supports the Waukesha County Human Animal Welfare Society (HAWS). Some of the local and national charities supported by the firm include Milwaukee Hunger Task Force, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.

Finkelstein, Kern, Steinberg, & Cunningham, P.C. (FKSC), Tennessee

They helped finance the building of an orphanage for children whose parents were victims of Aids in Kenya, and they raise money throughout the year for various charities. Several of the attorneys in the office serve as Chairman of the Board for local charities.

 Lloyd & McDaniel PLLC, Kentucky

The firm supports a number of charities including The Boys and Girls Club of Kentucky, Cabbage Patch Settlement House and The Healing Place.

Reynolds & Associates, Nevada

The firm supports Polio Plus, Injured Warriors and Rotary charities.

Cohen & Associates, PC., Massachusetts

As a board member for the Northeast Arc, Attorney Cohen participates in governance and fundraising for the non-profit organization committed to helping citizens with intellectual disabilities learn life skills. The firm hires clients of the Arc for paid positions in the administrative unit.

Mauro Law Offices, P.C., Maryland

They support local pro bono organizations and Wounded Veterans groups through a civic organization in Washington called the Lido Club, of which the author, Thomas A. Mauro, is a former president.

Wilson & McColl, Idaho

Firm attorneys continually represent underprivileged clients pro-bono. Additionally, they volunteer with the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, Idaho’s River Discovery for cancer survivors, and the Special Olympics.

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