Our Fifty For 50 Campaign
Several SCH employees treated the AGC Georgia staff to lunch on MLK day.
On a cold morning in February, the workers at a downtown construction site wait in line for a Chick-Fil-A breakfast, served by employees of SCH.
We love our Seniors - Valentines Day Party at Westminster Commons.
Kim Coyle's grandaughters Cameryn (Age 10) and Riley (Age 4) with the Valentines they made for the troops.
Connie Kaplin and others volunteered at Becca's Closet in Marietta to assist high school girls with shopping for a prom dress.
Tour de Broward - Fort Lauderdale office families at the finish line.
Pat Strickland and others give an enthusiastic "Thumbs Up" for the Red Cross blood drive.
SCH Goes Red! SCH employees firmwide wore red to support Heart Awareness Month, and specifically awareness of ARVD - Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.
SCH Atlanta Offiice and Partner Ron Robey present SCH Foundation donation to MUST Ministries Board Member Rita Moore.
Volunteers for the D.H. Stanton Elementary Community Garden Project
Homemade Goodies for First Responders Bake Sale Fundraiser
DC Office employees participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Eric and Chere Nelson helping at Life Academy Ministries in Timisoara, Romania.
Kim Coyle, Editor in Chief, and creator of campaign to publish "The Scrumptious Culinary History" of Smith, Currie & Hancock.
Atlanta collection for "Back to School" drive.
Diane Vincent in Atlanta - Collection of board games for "Hope for Christmas."
Denise and Randy Clark visited the residents at the Potter's House for Women in Jackson, Georgia.
Mark Morley gives a snack bag at the Women's Community Kitchen in Atlanta.
Smith Currie walkers at the Atlanta Humane Society "Walk for Animals." Goldens Maggie and Mollie enjoyed the walk too!
Kim Coyle helping at Cherry Log Christian Church Clothes Closet.
Smith Currie team at the Nicholas House, ready to prepare and serve dinner to the residents.
Smith Currie attorneys and families - young and old - building a house for Help Build Hope.
Pat Strickland volunteered for a day at Lilburn Elementary School, helping children in the classroom learning English as a second language.
Some of the Toys for Tots bakers and their table of goodies for the bake sale.
Helen and Doug Davis, along with Jeanne and Ryan Harrison, volunteering at the Toys for Tots warehouse.
The Ft. Lauderdale office collected more than 100 toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
Atlanta crafters made paracord survival bracelets for care packages to be sent to deployed troops by Operation Gratitude.
The bearded men of Smith Currie who participated in No Shave November, raising funds for cancer awareness and research.
2015 marks the 50th Anniversary for Smith, Currie & Hancock. The firm is extremely grateful for the clients and employees who have contributed to its success for the past half-century. As part of Smith Currie’s fifty year anniversary celebration the firm has commenced a community service campaign - Fifty for 50. Its purpose is to share the firm’s success and longevity by giving back to the communities we serve. Through its attorneys and staff in all seven of our national offices and with financing from our Smith Currie Foundation, the firm has committed to participating in fifty community service projects in 2015. You may see a full list of foundation donations made for our Fifty for 50 campaign on the SCH Foundation web page. We are excited about the future of our firm, and look forward to continuing our community outreach initiatives for many years to come. Please be sure to visit this page throughout the year to view pictures and write-ups for each of our Fifty for 50 events.
Newnan High School Donation: A group of Special Education students from Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia were taken to Stevi B’s Pizza for a community-based instruction trip using funds donated from the Smith Currie Foundation. The students were able to independently handle real-world tasks that most of us take for granted like ordering from a menu, selecting their own drink/pizza, and paying for their meal. Through outings like these, the students are given the opportunity to learn real-world problem-solving and personal interaction skills within the communities in which they live. Following the event, each participant was kind enough to send the firm personalized thank-you notes pictured in the banner image above. We could not have asked for a more worthwhile endeavor to kick off our campaign than this one. Well done, Newnan High!
MLK Decatur Service Project: Partner, Jim Bidgood, from the Atlanta office participated in the MLK Decatur Service Project in Decatur, Georgia. Members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church provided free house repairs and yard work to help at-risk seniors in the historic Oakhurst neighborhood.
Lunch for our Trade Association Friends at AGC Georgia:
Several SCH Atlanta office employees provided lunch to AGC Georgia staff.
Breakfast for Construction Site Workers:
SCH and served Chick Fil A breakfast and coffee to workers at a downtown Atlanta construction site near the office.
Blanket and Coat Drives: In our Atlanta office, Bria Barnes headed up a blanket drive and donated them to the Atlanta Mission on one of the below freezing nights in the city. The DC office employees also teamed up with tenants in their office building to give back to the community by collecting coats and blankets for the homeless shelters in their area.
Jeans Friday: Employees in all of the SCH offices are donating money each Jeans Friday. The funds will be used to help with various community service projects throughout the year.
Georgia Tech Mock Trial Competition: Partner Joe Staak and Associate Todd Heffner volunteered their time to serve as judges for the Georgia Tech Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta. Teams of undergraduate students from more than 15 Southeast colleges and universities participated. The competition involved trying a hypothetical wrongful death trial. During each round plaintiff teams were pitted against defendant teams. Judges presided over these trials and scored each team, the individual lawyers and the witnesses. There were four rounds of competition to select the winning team.
Donations to California Charities: The SCH San Francisco, California office employees made donations to local charities Bridges to Prosperity and Ruby's Place in Oakland. Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. The mission of Ruby's Place is to assist women and their children in crisis by providing a safe, temporary home, support services, and hope through empowerment, resulting in self-sufficient clients who return to the community; and to help break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness.
Adopt a Golden Atlanta: Helen Davis from the Atlanta office volunteered to work for the Atlanta Adopt a Golden monthly adoption drive. Adopt a Golden Atlanta is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for Golden Retrievers in order to prevent them from becoming strays or adding to the shelter overpopulation.
Valentines for Seniors and Troops: Employees of the Atlanta office made homemade Valentines and distributed them during the Valentine party held for residents at Westminster Commons, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Atlanta. Jamie Gossett provided harp music for the Valentine party at Westminster. She provided another harp recital for the residents of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehabilitation - Wesley Woods, on Valentine's Day. As music is such an important part of daily life and therapy for residents of nursing facilities, the firm donated two new boom boxes for use in music programs and activities.
Many SCH employees and family members serve, or have served, in the U.S. military. SCH appreciates all the service of all military personnel. Kim Coyle and her granddaughters made homemade Valentines to send to the troops.
Becca's Closet: Connie Kaplin in the Atlanta office coordinated a dress collection and volunteer efforts to help Becca's Closet in Marietta, Georgia. Becca's Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools' military balls, homecomings and proms.
Tour de Broward: The Fort Lauderdale office employees and families participated in the Tour de Broward to raise money for the Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.
Red Cross Blood Drive: Pat Strickland coordinated with Red Cross to organize a blood drive in the Atlanta office. The firm employees, family and friends donated 25 pints of blood.
Go Red for Women - Heart Awareness Month: As part of Heart Awareness Month, the employees of SCH firmwide wore red in support of "Go Red for Women." One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Employees in each office were challenged to wear red and pledge funds to the American Heart Association, helping to save women’s lives.
MUST Ministries Collection: Debbie Alexander spearheaded a food drive for MUST Ministries in the Atlanta office. MUST addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children, serving neighbors in need and transforming lives and communities in the Cobb and Cherokee county areas. SCH collected needed food and toiletry items for donation to the organization. The SCH Foundation also contributed $500 to MUST.
Fight for Air Climb: San Francisco office employee Michael Durfey organized and raised money for the American Lung Association by participating in the Fight for Air Climb. Associate Alyssa Bussey joined him in the event. The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising events. With events in more than 65 cities, participants young and old climb to raise funds in support of the mission of the American Lung Association: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Atlanta Elementary School Community Garden Project: Bradley Shedd participated in an effort to build a fence around the community garden at the DH Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta. The school is beginning the first Urban Agriculture Program there to introduce APS students to Urban gardening.
Bake Sale for First Responders: Atlanta office staff prepared and sold homemade baked goods to raise funds for the Fire Fighters at Atlanta Fire Station #4. The fire station is in desperate need of repairs and new kitchen cabinets and appliances. Our first responders deserve to live in decent surroundings while on duty to protect and serve our communities. Smith, Currie is proud to contribute to this cause.
Dancing Stars of Atlanta: Smith, Currie & Hancock was a sponsor for the Alzheimer's Association - Georgia Chapter fundraiser "Dancing Stars of Atlanta." The firm sponsored dance participant David York, who raised funds for the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Overton Currie, an SCH founding partner who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. SCH salutes David's commitment to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: Employees of the DC office participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Newnan High School Class Special Olympics: Denise Clark volunteered at Newan High School, assisting student athletes who participated in the Special Olympics.
FOGAS Pet Rescue: In recognition of National Pet Month, Kim Coyle in Atlanta organized a drive to collect dog food, treats and newspapers for use in pet crates at the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter, a "no-kill" facility in Ellijay, Georgia.
Fishing Trip: Helen Davis (Atlanta office) and her family took inner city youth on a fishing trip.
Life Academy Ministries in Timisoara, Romania: Eric, Chere, and Colin Nelson worked with Life Academy Ministries in Timisoara, Romania. Life Academy works with kids and young adults that have aged-out of orphanages in Romania to help provide skills for adjusting to life.
Back to School Drives: Atlanta employees donated school supplies to help Fill Their Backpacks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The school serves the Grant Park, East Atlanta, Reynoldstown, Edgewood, and Kirkwood neighborhoods. The Fort Lauderdale office also participated in "Pack the Pack," collecting new backpacks and supplies for donation to a local church. The church drive goal was to collect 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for children in the local Fort Lauderdale community.
Hope for Christmas (in July): Each year Pleasant Grove Baptist Church participates in a program called "Hope Firm Christmas." The programs objective is to bring the joy of Christmas to approximately 2,500 families and 7,000 children in the Atlanta local area. Each child receives two toys, stocking stuffers, and one board game that the family can enjoy together. Led by Diane Vincent, Smith Currie employees collected family board games during the month of July to be donated to the program for distribution in December.
Smith Currie Cook Book Sale: Kim Coyle spearheaded a cookbook project to raise funds for the Cure Childhood Cancer. Kim collected more than 400 recipes and created "The Scrumptious Culinary History of Smith, Currie & Hancock." All proceeds from the book sales will be given to Cure Childhood Cancer to help in its mission to find a cure for cancer. Proceeds will also be shared with Atlanta Fire Station 4 to help with needed upgrades to the station. To place an order for a cookbook, click here.
Lawyers for Children America (LFCA): The Fort Lauderdale office held a fundraiser for the child advocacy organization LFCA. LFCA protects the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect by providing quality pro bono legal representation and collaboration for systematic change to improve the lives of children. Smith Currie partner Adam Haimo serves on the LFCA Board of Directors.
Habitat for Humanity: The Washington DC office donated a refrigerator and made a monetary contribution to Habitat for Humanity.
Potter's House for Women: Denise Clark from the Atlanta office collected clothing to donate to the Potter's House for Women in Jackson, Georgia. The Potter’s House is a non-profit, residential, healing home for ladies bound by addictive behaviors.
Hull Middle School: Several Smith Currie attorneys visited the careers class at Hull Middle School in Duluth, Georgia to educate the students about possible careers in the construction and legal fields.
Marrow Donor Registry Drive: Seven Smith Currie employees joined the "Be The Match Registry." Donors listed on the registry generously offer to provide marrow for those with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia who are in need of a bone marrow transplant. For thousands suffering from such diseases, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life.
Women's Community Kitchen: Mark Morley in the Atlanta office coordinated a team of Smith Currie employees to help with the Women's Community Kitchen. The team prepared and distributed snack bags to the ladies and children attending the luncheon. Women's Community Kitchen is a program provided by Action Minisitries, where a nutritious meal is served each week day. More than 20,000 meals are served each year, providing hunger relief and fellowship to homeless women and children in a safe, nurturing environment.
Atlanta Humane Society: Smith Currie employees participated in the Atlanta Humane Society Inaugural "Walk for Animals." Several thousand people walked to show their support for our animals and workd to raise money to care for hurting and helpless dogs and cats and to place them in loving homes.
Operation Gratitude: Atlanta crafters made 60+ paracord survival bracelets for inclusion in Operation Gratitude care packages for troops. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. In addition to the survival bracelets, employees of Smith Currie also collected other items to be included in care packages.
Assistance for Youth in Need: Smith Currie employees donated clothing and funds to help a 7th grade student who lost his home, clothing and personal belongings as the result of a house fire.
Volunteer at Clothes Closet - Cherry Log Christian Church: Kim Coyle in Atlanta spent the day at the Clothes Closet at Cherry Log Christian Church. Kim and her mother volunteered at the clothing donation center to sort clothing and linens, and help patrons with selections. The Clothes Closet ministry is a non-profit organization serving the community by providing a place for those in need to shop for free clothing and linens.
Nicholas House Dinner: Employees in Atlanta prepared and served dinner to the families housed at the Nicholas House. The firm also donated a new microwave oven for the house kitchen from its Jeans Friday funds. The Nicholas House is dedicated to helping homeless families achieve self-sufficiency, stressing three main goals: to earn a living wage; to maintain the physical, mental and social health of parents and children; and to maintain safe and stable housing. Nicholas House provides temporary housing while addressing the root causes of family homelessness so a family may never be homeless again. It is the only shelter in Atlanta that provides housing to homeless families regardless of family makeup.
Volunteer at Lilburn Elementary School: Pat Strickland in Atlanta volunteered for a day at LIlburn Elementary, assisting in the classroom with children learning to speak English as a second language.
Help Build Hope: The attorneys of Smith Currie met at Callaway for its firm retreat in October. On Saturday, they participated in a project for Help Build Hope, an organization that assists families living in substandard housing. Through Help Build Hope projects, assistance is given to partnering organizations to eliminate poverty housing. The Smith Currie attorneys framed walls for a home that was then donated to a partnering organization for placement in Macon, Georgia. The walls are transported to the partnering organization who is responsible for the completion of the project. The demand for safe, affordable housing is enormous. In the United States, almost two million people live with a hole in their roof, 3.7 million live with broken windows and 2.5 million live in a house where the foundation is crumbling beneath them. Just over one million people live without complete plumbing facilities. (Source: American Housing Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2005)
2015 Blanket Atlanta with Love: Smith Currie employees in Atlanta collected gently used blankets, coats and ponchos for the annual clothing drive for the homeless, distributed during a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the Atlanta Recovery Center.
Toys for Tots: Several Smith Currie offices got involved in the Toys for Tots drive. The DC and Fort Lauderdale offices set up drop boxes for toy collection where hundreds of toys were collected. In Atlanta, employees baked homemade goods for the annual bake sale held in Peachtree Center. All proceeds are used to purchase toys for the program. Several also volunteered to work sorting toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse.
No Shave November: Attorneys and staff in Atlanta participated in No Shave November, a fundraising campaign to raise funds for cancer research. Instead of shaving, participants donated the money normally spent on shaving supplies to help fund cancer research, educate about cancer prevention, and to aid those fighting a battle with cancer. The goal is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.
Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child: Kim Coyle organized a drive to collect plastic shoe boxes filled with goodies for children in need around the world. Kim and her grandchildren assembled and donated the boxes to First Presbyterian Church in Winder, Georgia, working with Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child.