On Monday, January 16, the attorneys and staff of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge will be coming together for an annual firm event to serve the local Grand Rapids community in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the help of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s MLK Day of Service subcommittee members and many other volunteers from the firm’s five offices, Smith Haughey is happy to be able to continue this opportunity for a second year.
Last year, the firm recruited over 50 volunteers to spend their MLK Day giving back to the community. This year, the firm will be working with four non-profit organizations to celebrate the life and service of Dr. King. The organizations are as follows:
Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan – The Ronald McDonald House serves as a "home away from home" for families of children traveling to Grand Rapids for medical or mental health treatments. The organization serves over 400 families a year from all around Michigan, the country and the world, but the majority of them are West Michigan families. The families move in and out over extended periods of time depending on their individual situations. Smith Haughey will be baking and participating in other culinary activities to serve the current residents in addition to creating arts and crafts. For more information on how you can help the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan and give back to your community, visit http://www.rmhwesternmichigan.org/home.
South End Community Outreach Ministries – The South End Community Outreach Ministry (SECOM) works to empower families to achieve their full potential through healthy living, education, and economic opportunities. SECOM is a primary resources center that "provides help today to build hope for tomorrow" by connecting families with community resources such as educational and empowerment programs and resources to improve health. It serves low income children and families, providing assistance to more than 9,000 community members each year. Our firm will be helping to organize food pantry items as well as painting. To learn more about what SECOM does and how you can help, visit http://ww.secomministries.org/.
Humane Society of West Michigan – Serving over 8,000 animals annually, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) works with caring individuals and business around the community who support their mission to rescue hurt, abused and abandoned animals to find them a forever home. HSWM also has other programs in place which help to reduce pet overpopulation, provide assistance to low income pet owners, and reunite lost pets with their owners. The attorneys and staff of Smith Haughey will be providing assistance with animal care and maintenance of animal habitats. If interested in helping or getting more information about ways to volunteer or pet adoption, visit http://hswm.squarespace.com/.
Well House – Providing safe and affordable housing to homeless community members at any point in their lives, Well House focuses on their strengths and abilities to improve their circumstances. Placing an emphasis on helping others live gently on earth and with each other, Well House teaches the necessary skills for entering the workforce and earning an income. Smith Haughey will be volunteering its services by painting and completing organizational tasks. For more information on Well House and its work and services, visit http://wellhousegr.org/.