Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, the Motley Rice firm gives employees the opportunity to get out of the office or go beyond the courtroom, and get out into the community. This year, more than 80 employees left their desks to participate in the firm’s third annual ProjectGo! Community volunteer program.
Their time was spent helping groups in need throughout the Lowcountry. This year, that meant helping East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Lowcountry Food Bank, Pet Helpers, Shaw Community Center, Trident Habitat for Humanity and Charleston Parks Conservancy at Elliotborough Park and Community Garden, Cannon, and Simonton Parks.
Volunteers at the Lowcountry Food Bank assembled more than 300 emergency relief boxes that will be distributed to those who come to the food bank with immediate needs. Earlier in the day, this same group of Motley Rice employees delivered dozens of meals to the homebound through East Cooper Meals on Wheels.
Volunteers at the Charleston Parks Conservancy sites helped with beautification efforts at Simonton Park, Cannon Park, and Elliotborough Park and Community Garden, where they created planters for vegetables and handled maintenance needs. On both days at Pet Helpers, employees helped with landscaping projects, cleaning, socializing pets, and even constructing an animal obstacle course. Shaw Community Center put its volunteers to work painting interior walls, and the firm’s volunteer crew in Summerville worked with Trident Habitat for Humanity on a home being constructed for a local citizen in need of housing.
“It’s been exciting to watch ProjectGO! continue to grow and develop into a highly anticipated annual event for our employees,” said Michael Elsner, chair of the firm’s Charitable Giving Committee. “Going into the community and giving back through hands-on projects has proved not only beneficial for the organizations but also rewarding for our employees. We hope more companies will be encouraged to adopt similar projects for employees to encourage year-round volunteerism and build relationships within the community.”
The firm’s Charitable Giving Committee is already planning for ProjectGO! 2014. Visit www.motleyrice.com/info/project-go to learn more about the organizations the firm has helped and how you or your not-for-profit can get involved.
For more information about the firm’s Charitable Contributions Committee, contact Motley Rice member Michael Elsner (NY, SC, VA) at 1.800.768.4026.