NM Cares

  • Mar 25, 2019Norris McLaughlin Exceeds 2018 Charity Donation Goal

    The Allentown office of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it raised over $10,000 for charities in 2018.

    Every month the firm raises money for a different charity. This is accomplished by raffling items; having pot-luck breakfasts or lunches; and scheduling Friday denim days, when each employee of the firm can wear jeans if they donate $5 to the cause.  We are very proud that many individuals donate above and beyond the $5 on Fridays. Their generosity and compassion allowed the firm to greatly exceed its charitable goal for 2018.  So far, our Allentown office is off to a great start in 2019 with over $1,800 raised for January’s charity, Greater Lehigh Valley YMCA, and February’s charity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    “Over the past three years, we have made every Friday a denim day in our Allentown office. Each month our employees have the opportunity to choose a charity that is near and dear to them. Our staff constantly goes above and beyond to create fun, fresh ways to raise money for the firm’s adopted monthly charity.  Our firm has always been committed to our community, and I could not be more proud to work alongside so many employees who take action in making a difference in the Lehigh Valley,” said Co-Chair of the Business Law Group, S. Graham Simmons III.

    2018 charities included Juvenile Diabetes, United Way, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Greater Easton Development Partnership, Sanctuary of Haafsville, Alzheimer Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Community Bike Works, 6th Street Shelter, Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and the Allentown Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA.

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  • Jun 22, 2018Norris McLaughlin Participates in United Way Day of Action

    The Marketing and Recruitment Departments of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., participated in the annual, national United Way Day of Action. As part of NM Cares, the group joined the United Way of Northern New Jersey at the Somerset County Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater to “Take Action for ALICE® Kids.”

    Each year on June 21, the first day of summer and longest day of the year, the regional United Ways across the country organize a community-wide day of service.  With more daylight hours than any other day, the summer solstice is the ideal time to let actions speak louder than words.  By hosting the nationwide volunteer day, United Way fulfills its mission by mobilizing the caring power of thousands of people in each community.

    The United Way of Northern New Jersey (UWNNJ) focused their 2018 Day of Action efforts on helping local ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families and their children, who make up the 26 percent of residents who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.  Building on a project initiated in 2009 at UWNNJ, United Ways in several other states have joined the ALICE® Project.  Together, this movement aims to stimulate a fresh, nonpartisan, national dialogue about the importance and fragility of this segment of the population.  United Ways involved also plan to use the statistical information they gather about the affected families as the framework for their work in improving their residents’ lives and strengthening their communities.

    UWNNJ volunteers assembled “ALICE® Healthy Food Action Kits,” an assortment of healthy snacks and easy-access meals, information to promote healthy eating, and a water bottle, and “ALICE® Literacy Action Kits.”  The kits, including two books, bookmarks and flashcards handmade by the volunteers, pencils, crayons, activity and coloring books, and reading guides for parents, all in a backpack creatively designed by the volunteers, were distributed to elementary school-age ALICE® children at nonprofit partners within the community.  The kits help children from ALICE® families this summer to maintain their reading and literacy skills with new books and activities and maintain their food security through access to healthy food items and snacks, while teaching the families and community members how ALICE® families struggle to make ends meet.

    As part of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Wellness Program, the NM Cares initiative was created to encourage employees to take an active role in charitable activities that better the community.  Under NM Cares, the firm grants each of its employees paid time off equal to one work day each year exclusively for charitable work.  The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where our clients live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play.  Attorneys have held prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas the firm serves and many of them have been honored for the work they do in the community.  For example, the firm has been named a “Champion of Good Works” as one of the “Companies that Care” by COMMERCE Magazine.

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