Dickinson Wright Celebrates Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 30, 2017
As part of Dickinson Wright’s efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace, attorneys and staff came together on Monday, January 16th to volunteer at charities throughout the U.S. as part of Dickinson Wright’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Employees rolled up their sleeves and pitched in, donating their time and money, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

Below are snapshots of the projects from our Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:

Michigan

• Dickinson Wright attorneys and staff gathered to volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit to package food for delivery. Gleaners operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to 534 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Gleaners collects nearly 39 million pounds of food a year and distributes 89,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year.

• Dickinson Wright attorneys participated in the 4th Annual National Action Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club. The luncheon honored Judge Damon Keith, US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Judge Bernice B. Donald, US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, served as Special Guest Speaker.

• Dickinson Wright is also sponsoring Nolan Elementary/Middle School in Detroit with a printer paper drive and a donation drive to raise funds for their Ivy League Program. In February, attorneys from Dickinson Wright will participate in a donation ceremony at Nolan Elementary/Middle School.

• In Lansing, Dickinson Wright attorneys volunteered at the Fenner Nature Center to clean up after trail clearing and other activities. Fenner Nature Center is an environmental education center encompassing 134 acres. Run by the non-profit Fenner Conservancy, the property includes over four miles of trails, including two handicap-accessible paved trail loops.

• Dickinson Wright attorneys volunteered at the American Red Cross in Lansing creating comfort kits for the Lansing homeless project. The firm also made a monetary donation in support of the American Red Cross.

• Dickinson Wright served as Bronze Sponsor of the Grand Rapids Urban League Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Breakfast. This inspirational celebration honors the sacrifices of men and women of past and current generations who stand for inclusion and racial equality.

• Dickinson Wright attorneys and staff provided comfort and compassion to local hospice patients and families in Grand Rapids through the Hospice Service Project. They created and collected handmade cards, blankets and other items that were donated to Emmanuel Hospice.

Ohio

• Dickinson Wright attorneys and staff volunteered at the Van Buren Shelter in Columbus. Volunteers socialized with youth while working on arts & crafts. Community Shelter Board, in partnership with the YMCA, opened Van Buren Shelter to address the growing numbers of men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Tennessee

• Attorneys and staff volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. Volunteers helped the food bank sort its perishable food donations. This is the second year that the firm’s Nashville office partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank for their service project.

• Volunteers helped build an outdoor gathering place for Historic Rugby Inc. on the northern Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. The outdoor structure will be used as a bandstand for community concerts funded by the non-profit, an outdoor reading area for children, and for other various purposes.

Arizona

• Dickinson Wright attorneys and staff volunteered for several service projects organized by HandsOn Phoenix including the Community Smoke Alarm Installation project with the Arizona Burn Foundation, Painting Chandler Family Home with the City of Chandler – Neighborhood Resources, and Medical Sort and Pack at Project C.U.R.E.

Nevada

• Volunteers from Dickinson Wright visited Three Square, an organization that provides meals for the hungry in Las Vegas, to package 900 meals on wheels for Southern Nevada’s home-bound seniors.

Washington, D.C.

• Dickinson Wright’s DC office made 100 PB&J sandwiches that were delivered to Martha’s Table. Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports.
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