Helsell Recognized for its Inventive Community Service

Already known for its spirit of giving, the Helsell Fetterman’s Diversity Committee added an innovative community service campaign this summer to help win the coveted Community Service Achievement Award.

At a special evening event of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, Helsell Fetterman was honored to receive the Community Service Achievement Award for firms with less than 49 attorneys.

Historically, Helsell has held an annual fall drive for United Way, donated staff hours to various weekly and bi-weekly legal clinics, and contributed team members’ time for a work night at Fare Start. When the Diversity Committee took charge of community service efforts in 2008, activities expanded to include the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Walk For Rice, the International District Clean-Up Day, work days at Habitat for Humanity, an Austin Foundation fundraising breakfast, and the collection last December of cash and goods for the Angeline Center.

This July, the Diversity Committee initiated a new internal campaign to benefit Angeline Center and Mary’s Place, two local charities that aid women in need.

Entitled Twelve Days of Christmas in July, the office was divided into two teams—the Stocking Stuffers and the Snowball Brigade. Every day a different challenge busied the teams—such as bringing in bus passes, hair products and other necessities; running a bake sale to raise money; paying $5 to wear flip flops for the day; and emptying purses and pockets to collect change. The twelve days culminated in a Popsicle Party to honor the winning team with a mini day-at-the-beach desktop set.

All and all, it was a great campaign that raised money and much needed items for the two charities. Just as importantly, all of Helsell Fetterman participated in the fast-paced and fun twelve days of giving.