Luke Carney knew from working at the firm of our community commitment to supporting area nonprofits. Luke worked as a legal secretary before recently leaving the firm to pursue a law degree at Ave Maria University.
While he worked at the firm, he also volunteered at a support group for teenagers at Valerie’s House. After Luke lost his mother when he was 14, he learned about the need for grief support. As a result, he decided to volunteer for the nonprofit dedicated to helping children and caregivers process grief.
Luke observed the firm’s community commitment to many other organizations, including MADD Southwest Florida, Gulf Coast Humane Society and veteran’s groups.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Valerie’s House asked volunteers like Luke to spread the word about the nonprofit. So, Luke asked if the firm would support Valerie’s House on Facebook during the month of June. “In helping the community, we pay it forward,” Luke said.
Our Staff’s Community Commitment
Our attorneys are committed to active involvement in the communities where we live and work. We proudly donate our time and resources for the benefit of the many worthy organizations. Additionally, we contribute to the success of local schools and athletes.
Part of our commitment is to support causes that are important to our employees, like Luke. Christopher and Andrea Smith have rescue dogs and volunteer at Gulf Coast Humane Society. Our attorneys see the impact of drunk driving accidents on our clients. As a result, the firm supports Walk Like MADD every year. John Cechman is a veteran and encourages the firm’s support of veteran’s groups. Legal assistant Emily Miller uses her extensive couponing skills to buy items for donation to a variety of organizations.
“I’ve been at the firm since 1998, and I do not remember a time we weren’t supporting Toys for Tots,” said Tina Helton, the firm’s business manager. “I love this program and feel especially at Christmas time, kids need to feel wanted and recognized. Receiving the smallest item will lighten a child’s face. Very humbling experience to see!”