West Michigan Philanthropy
Good Works, Good People
Continuing in the philosophy set by our firm founders, our current members believe that to effectively serve the community they need to be involved not just financially but as active volunteer participants.
Our attorneys and staff members are each invested in non profit organizations through out West Michigan. The numerous organizations represented and served are just as diverse as the members of our firm. Their participation in these organizations ranges from board member positions to volunteer service.
In addition to these organizations, we organized our overall firm community involvement program and entitled it Good Works in 2005.
Non profit partner organizations in this program are selected and determined annually. We strive to create mutually beneficial partnerships that will have a noticeable and significant impact on community. We seek to promote their missions throughout the year with a variety of efforts. The current organizations apart of our Good Works Program include:
The mission of Access of West Michigan is to be a faith-based leader in linking congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County. Most recently, Rhoades McKee joined WZZM 13 in the Food for Families Drive in June of 2010. For more information on this organization and its daily impact in our community, visit their website at www.accessofwestmichigan.org
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Home
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Home is a 120 year old accredited agency that works in partnership with our community for the good of all children. It provides comprehensive services to children and their families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption, residential services, emergency shelter care and family support. Rhoades McKee sponsors the Annual Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon in an effort to raise awareness and benefit this organization. Also, working to assist the organization in meeting the fundamental daily needs for services, the firm has painted rooms, replaced carpet, decorated and supplied linens for bathrooms, provided annual holiday gift giving and back to school back pack drives. For more information on the range of services provided, visit their website at www.stjohnshome.org.
Kids Food Basket
By providing daily sack lunches, Kids Food Basket ensures that children are provided adequate nutrition afterschool. In the beginning Kids' Food Basket fed 125 children every week day at three schools. Remarkably, in nine years, Kids' Food Basket has grown to feeding over 2,500 kids at 26 schools. The founder, Mary K. Hoodhood, was recently recognized with the President’s Citizens Medal. With annual contributions and volunteering to assemble lunches, Rhoades McKee supports the goal to fight childhood hunger in our community. For more information on Kids Food Basket, please visit their website at www.kidsfoodbasket.org
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
(WMCAT) is dedicated to offering hope by way of career enhancing, life-affirming programs to all ages. In their world-class facilities, they provide the children and adults the opportunity to learn new, marketable skills and realize life-changing opportunities. Rhoades McKee is proud to be the annual venue sponsor for ArtPrize at WMCAT. The firm has also hosted evening events to benefit and raise awareness about the organization. For more information on WMCAT, please visit their website at www.wmcat.org
WYCE Hat Trick Series
Rhoades McKee sponsor and participates in the WYCE Hat Trick Concert Series at One Trick Pony. This annual series recognizes twelve area non profit organizations with Monday night concerts at One Trick Pony. Rhoades McKee matches contributions to organizations that achieve qualifying criteria. For current information on the upcoming series, visit www.grcmc.org.
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