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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.