Ballard Spahr has heart. Our commitment to community can be measured in big ways and small. In the thousands of hours of pro bono service we perform each year and the winter coats we collect for the poor. In our sponsorship of an inner-city high school whose students aspire to careers in the law and our support of sick children and their families. Being a good neighbor means saying yes to endeavors that can benefit a community or make a difference in a life. Like many of the clients we represent, we consider it a duty and an honor to answer the call to citizenship.
Show us a need and we will pull together to help meet it, from donating to local school-supply drives to pitching in on such high-impact, hands-on endeavors as Habitat for Humanity and the MLK Day of Service. Here is a sampling of other ways in which we contribute to the well-being of our communities:
- In Atlanta, attorneys and staff nominate local organizations to benefit from the office's Jeans Day for Charity.
- We work the conveyer belt at the Maryland Food Bank and collect toys, school supplies, and clothing for Dayspring Programs, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless children and their families in the Baltimore area.
- In Delaware, lawyers and staff, along with family members, serve at the New Castle County Food Bank sorting and counting food available for the needy in New Castle County. In 2015, we will tutor students twice a month at the Eastside Charter School in Wilmington.
- Our Denver attorneys and staff donate to school supply drives in conjunction with the local bar association and to the Fall Food Drive to benefit local food banks.
- Lawyers and staff in our Las Vegas office serve meals to the homeless at the St. Vincent DePaul Dining Facility.
- In Los Angeles, we adopted Woodrow Wilson High School.
- In New Jersey, we donate to the Camden County Food Bank and serve in the kitchen to mark Martin Luther King's birthday. We also collect backpacks, warm coats, used toners, pajamas, clothing, and books for various local organizations. Our $5 Jeans Day raises money for a different charity every month and our Lee Denim Day benefits the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
- Our New York staff members have supported reading programs, soup kitchens, park conservation programs, a humanitarian organization providing disaster relief and financial aid, for the homeless of New York City and surrounding suburbs. We collect clothing and slightly used books for Housing Works, and donations for Columbia Community Services, organizations that provide support to impoverished habitants of the City.
- Our attorneys and staff meet weekly to read one on one with public school children through the Philadelphia Reads Program.
- In Phoenix, our bowl-a-thon benefits Angels for Athletes and our book drives assist Phoenix Collegiate Academy, a charter school for third- to 12th-graders.
- Ballard Spahr attorneys in San Diego are active volunteers, and founders, of the Old Town Academy, an exceptional K-8 charter school in San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood. Our attorneys also conduct peer mediation training for students at other San Diego County schools, raise thousands of dollars to support indigent cancer patients, and work extensively with the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG) to assist in providing needy families with holiday presents and meals.
- We participate in Utah State Bar-sponsored campaigns to collect food for the Utah Food Bank and winter coats for the homeless. As part of an office First Friday service initiative, we also work with the Homeless Youth Resource Center.
- In Washington, D.C., we organize monthly dinners at Lazarus House of Samaritan Inns, a residential housing and rehabilitation facility. Additionally, the office organizes events throughout the year, such as food drives for Capital Area Food Bank, a household goods and coat collections for A Wider Circle, and healthy after-school snack kits for D.C. Central Kitchen.
One of the most meaningful contributions our attorneys make to their communities is to devote their energy and experience to service on the boards of local, regional, and national organizations. As elected or appointed members of these decision-making bodies, they are in a position to guide and garner financial support for groups with a wide variety of business purposes and laudable goals, from arts enrichment to juvenile justice. Through their service, our attorneys have helped to advance the work of organizations committed to childhood cancer, gender equality, health care, historic preservation, higher education, urban living, technological innovation, youth recreation, and animal welfare. They serve on the boards of transportation authorities, governmental entities, corporations, and educational and civic institutions. It is a great source of pride for us that our attorneys excel both at serving clients and serving their communities.