Clark Hill employees pitch in for Gleaners

By John Minnis

Legal News

Instead of gardening and golf, talk around the water cooler Monday morning at Clark Hill PLC offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Chicago, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., was about feeding the hungry.

That is because more than 200 of the firm's employees, families and friends took part in the second annual Clark Hill Cares Service Day on Saturday, June 26. Volunteers sorted and packed food at Gleaners Community Food Banks and partner locations near the firm's offices in Michigan, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Clark Hill employees and volunteers participated in the Greater Chicago Food Depository's 25th annual Hunger Walk.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our firm to band together and give back to the communities in which we live and work," said Don Lee, Clark Hill chief marketing officer. "Each food bank -- from Arizona to Washington, D.C. -- has been a great partner for us and helped us to understand about this need within our communities."

Since the firm's inception dating back to 1890, Clark Hill employees have participated in community efforts through organized volunteer programs, pro bono work and service to nonprofits. Last year, the firm organized its community service efforts under the banner Clark Hill Cares.

Spokeswoman Maureen Conway said that instead of mailing holiday cards, Clark Hill sent out e-cards to clients and asked what organization was most important to them. As a result, the first Clark Hill Cares Service Day was held one year ago, during which employees and volunteers sorted potatoes, cereal and other foodstuffs into family packs.

In January, Clark Hill Cares' "Cash and Cans" drives at all seven offices resulted in more than 15,500 meals for families in need. "It turned into quite a food drive," Conway said.

On Saturday, firm employees and friends volunteered at Gleaner's Community Food Bank in Detroit, the Mid-Michigan Food Bank in Lansing, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Grand Rapids, Capitol Area Food Bank in Washington D.C. and the Desert Mission Food Bank in Phoenix.

"We had such a positive response in 2009," Conway said of the first Service Day, "we decided to do it again this year."

Food banks at are at their lowest midyear, far removed from the holidays.

"Giving back to our communities is an important element of the Clark Hill culture, so it was an easy decision to continue the Clark Hill Cares program this year," CMO Hill said. "Gleaners was so grateful for our efforts over the past year, so we want to continue to provide them with our support not only during the winter months when hunger is a high profile cause, but on a continuous basis. The need to feed hungry families is not going anywhere and we are very proud to be able to help out like this."

Published: Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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