As part of CBM’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the firm is taking its passion into our communities. The CBM100 – Charities initiative calls for every team member at the firm to lead a charitable event during 2020 and 2021. With nearly 100 team members in our Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC offices, the amount of charitable activity over the next two years promises to be impressive. Scroll below for details about the events the firm has participated in so far, as well as the great teamwork and impact we are having throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
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CBM100 – Charities Event: (March 2021)
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM), a Bethesda, MD-based accounting and advisory firm, and individual team members, donated $1,170 to several organizations to honor Women’s History Month in March. The campaign, spearheaded by D-PATH, an internal employee affinity group dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion, is part of CBM100-Charities, a two-year initiative to celebrate the firm’s 100th anniversary through team-wide charitable giving and volunteerism.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (February 27, 2021)
Chichi Bhene, one of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell’s newest team members, wasted no time in contributing to the firm’s CBM100-Charities initiative, a project through which team members serve charitable causes across the Washington, DC metropolitan region or, in Chichi’s case, in South Africa. Chichi, a senior auditor in Cape Town, spent this past Saturday personally managing a food drive that included 62 meals of a chicken and cheese sandwich, two apples, juice and water and a snack.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (November 23, 2020) – OneBlood
On November 23, 2020 CBM’s Audit Senior-In-Charge Maria Luck donated blood at a OneBlood location in Oviedo Florida. OneBlood is a not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of others through their work with blood and stem cells which assists in furthering scientific research. During her donation time, Maria was able give a quarter gallon of blood to the cause. She was compelled to donate as “in a COVID world, on top of the world’s individual normal everyday health crises, it is imperative the doctors and hospitals have all the supplies they need to save lives, and blood is one of them. We all produce a donatable excess, and we can make a difference in life or death just some of our spare time”.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (December 1, 2020) – Capital Area Food Bank
From December 1 to December 15, Talent Acquisition Manager Tana Papinova led a donation initiative alongside Firm Administrator Linda Murphy and Document Management Specialist Sal Attanasio for the Capital Area Food Bank. Tana encouraged all staff to fill two donation bins left in Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell’s Bethesda and DC offices with canned and non-perishable goods. At the end of the collection period, Tana had several boxes filled with donations for the food bank. She also collected $1,050 in direct donations. Tana said she was inspired by the Capital Area Food Bank’s calls for donations and plans another donation drive at CBM in the next coming months.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (November 26, 2020) – Capital Area Food Bank
CBM has donated 2,500 meals to customers served by the Capital Area Food Bank. During a year that has tested the health, well-being and food security of countless thousands across the DC metropolitan region, everyone at the firm is grateful for the opportunity to continue its business of serving clients…and giving back when needed.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (November 7, 2020) – Clarksburg CAN & Manna Food Center
In early November, CBM’s Tax Manager Lucy Gomez volunteered at Manna Food Center and Clarksburg CAN – Community Assistance Network to package non-perishable goods for homeless shelters in the DMV Area. She spent a total of 10 hours volunteering at the two locations and prepared a number of meals in the process.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (September 27, 2020) – The Children’s Inn at NIH
On Sunday, September 27, CBM hosted a charity run/walk in Alexandria, Virginia that raised $1,790 for The Children’s Inn at NIH, a not-for-profit organization that helps provide a safe haven for children undergoing intensive medical treatments and hospitalizations at the National Institutes of Health. The event, organized by CBM Senior-in-Charge Kathleen Booker, continues the firm’s CBM-100 Charities initiative, kicked off late last year, to celebrate the firm’s 100th anniversary.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (September 19, 2020) – Satilla River Cleanup
On September 19, Jessica Rose and her husband participated in the annual Satilla River Cleanup. The effort gathered 40+ volunteers to help clean up the Satilla River in which 432 plastic bottles, 402 beverage cans, 133 food wrappers and more were collected.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (September 15, 2020) – Various Charities
CBM Principal Jane Ochsman Rowny launched an initiative in March that took advantage of the current at-home environment all staff have found themselves in and to help the local community in the process. She asked staff to donate to their favorite local charities by cleaning out their closets, drawers, shelves or garages of items they no longer need. The idea was sparked by Jane’s wish to alleviate some of the hardships experienced by those around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (September 9, 2020) – Various Charities
Senior Tax Manager Mikki Obreja began a team initiative this fall to plant 100 trees around the world in honor of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell’s 100th anniversary. She encouraged staff to contribute either by planting their own trees or by donating to organizations that plant trees around the world. The movement was motivated by her desire to offset the effects of climate change and provide places of shelter/food for wildlife animals across the globe.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (February 7, 2020) – Central Union Mission
As part of CBM’s ongoing CBM100 charitable events, the firm’s administrator Linda Murphy spearheaded and managed the collection of gently worn coats and other winter items such as jackets, scarves and hats during the month of January for Central Union Mission. Central Union Mission is a faith-based not-for-profit organization and the oldest private social service agency–founded in 1884–in Washington, DC. Linda networked throughout the firm to enlist donations, generating several bags full of items from generous team members.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (January 21, 2020) – Bethesda Fire Department and Montgomery County Police
On January 21, Senior Tax Accountant Ginger Wu and Tax Manager Brenda Haase led team members Aurora Wheeler, Lorraine Flude, Winnie Yang, Tana Papinova, Abbie Niehoff and Jenny Wang in decorating cookies for the Bethesda Fire Department and Montgomery County Police to show gratitude for keeping the communities they serve safe. The cookies were decorated with the circle from the CBM logo.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (January 10, 2020) – Rock Creek Park Conservancy
On January 10, Litigation Support Manager Jordan Egert led CBM staff members Tana Papinova, Pat Drolet, Reema Patel and Kathleen Booker in volunteering at Rock Creek Conservancy’s Rock Creek Park clean-up event. The Conservancy aids in education, restoration, and preservation of Rock Creek’s history and beauty, including 33 miles of creeks. The CBM team combined forces, spending several hours together cleaning up the river banks and wooded areas near Broad Branch Road. Their efforts, combined with those of other volunteers, helped clean up roughly a half mile of forested area and resulted in a collection of more than 30 bags of trash.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (January 2, 2020) – DC Central Kitchen
On January 2, Staff Accountant Derya Gazioglu gathered CBM staff members John Shlesinger, Bhavin Patel, Grace Song, Mikki Obreja, Minji Kim and Michael Corvelli to volunteer at the DC Central Kitchen, a charitable organization which “was founded in 1989 by a young nightclub manager named Robert Egger. Robert’s idea for a ‘central kitchen’ involved picking up wasted food, turning it into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits and using that process to train jobless adults in the culinary arts .” – DC Central Kitchen, 2020
CBM100 – Charities Event: (December 13, 2019) – Children’s Inn at NIH
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell kicked off its annual toy drive in mid-November in support of The Children’s Inn at NIH, a residential facility located on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, that allows families with seriously ill children participating in research at the NIH to stay free of charge. With just over 100 team members at the firm, project lead Martina Childress, who serves as CBM’s editor and senior proofreader, challenged colleagues to each contribute a toy to the charitable giving event, with proceeds benefiting children from all walks of life both nationally and internationally who were staying at The Children’s Inn during the holiday season. Click here to read more.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (December 3, 2019) – So Others Might Eat
CBM Tax Practice Director Richard Morris learns just what it takes to serve hundreds of people as he takes his chili-preparation tradition to a new level by becoming actively involved in a kitchen run by local charity, So Others Might Eat. Preparing meals at St. Peter’s parish in Olney, Maryland became an inspiring challenge as Richard and volunteers worked hard to prepare 300 meals of chili, green beans and cookies for local populations in need.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (November 3, 2019) – Foundation for Women’s Cancer
CBM Audit Supervisor, Lori Reynolds participated in the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, and annual Washington, DC-based race, which seeks to raise $500,000 for research purposes as well as awareness for the work of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. The foundation has successfully generated $8.5 million in different research grant awards over the years, all dedicated toward supporting them the fight for a cure for women’s gynecological cancers.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (November 2, 2019) – Rise Against Hunger
On Saturday, November 2, CBM’s Assistant Controller Lisa Sippel and Tax Process Manager Lucy Gomez joined a large group of volunteers from the McLean Rotary Club to assemble meals in support of Rise Against Hunger, an organization that provides millions of meals to those in need in developing nations around the world.
The meals prepared during their event, which consisted of soy beans, dried vegetables, rice and vitamin packets, went to help patients hospitalized in the nation of Yemen. Despite Rise Against Hunger’s long tenure (the group was founded as Stop Hunger Now 20 years ago), this was the first time that the charity was able to ship meals to Yemen, creating a swell of excitement for the charity and participating volunteers.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (October 27, 2019) – Marine Corps 10K
On a Sunday, October 27 morning which was, depending on any given moment, either wet from an intermittent downpour or warm whenever the rain let up, Executive Vice President Dan Weaver led CBM staff members, Jordan Egert, Abbie Niehoff and Joe Kovacs in their second annual Marine Corps 10K, in fundraising support of The Children’s Inn at NIH. Dan serves on the board of directors of The Children’s Inn, a not-for-profit residence that provides support for families with seriously ill children who are involved in leading-edge research studies at the Inn’s site on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (October 17, 2019) – Mid-County United Ministries
CBM Executive Vice President Debbie May generated $400 in donations for Mid-County United Ministries by developing an inspired lunch networking and presentation event on Thursday, October 17 featuring guest speaker Susy Elder Murphy. Murphy, owner of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates, led a presentation at CBM’s Bethesda, MD office for retirement-aged individuals, or those nearing retirement, on financial and life decision-making at the end of one’s career. One key focus area was whether to remain in one’s home or move to a community of peers or caregivers.
CBM100 – Charities Event: (July 24, 2019) – Maryland Food Bank
On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, CBM team members volunteered with the Maryland Food Bank to prepare meals for underprivileged children and those facing food uncertainty throughout the state. The team’s accomplishments included preparing 550 school breakfasts and 100 lunches for children across several state counties and for delivery to five soup kitchens throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region. Click here to read more.