Each year, SSJH owners and employees break into small groups and volunteer a minimum of eight hours in the local community as part of SSJH’s Impact! project. On October 18, 2013, SSJH volunteers made an impact at Englewood Elementary School’s first annual Jog-A-Thon. The students at Englewood Elementary School ran over 900 miles that morning, raising a total of $12,214.08. SSJH was there leading warm-ups, running with the students and cheering from the sidelines.
In October, Mindy Stubenrauch, Paralegal with the Banking and Lending Department of Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie and Hoyt, will be joining hundreds of volunteers from all over the world for Habitat for Humanity’s Everest Build in Nepal.
As part of its affiliation with Habitat for Humanity, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity tithes each year to build homes overseas. This year Habitat International offered affiliates the option to designate their tithe to Nepal and in exchange, the affiliate can send a small number of volunteers to help build homes in that country.
In appreciation of the legal services provided by Gina Johnnie and Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate chose to send a member of the firm on the build, along with a handful of other volunteers from the Willamette Valley area.
Volunteers at Everest Build 2012 will work alongside local families to build houses in Kavre, one hour east of Kathmandu, at the foot of the Himalyans. The project involves building 40-45 houses in one week, using environmentally friendly, locally grown bamboo and sun-dried bricks. In addition to providing sweat equity, each home partner family provides some of the raw materials such as timber, bamboo or mud from their own land.
Everest Build 2012 is a celebration of the 15,000 families in Nepal who have been helped by Habitat for Humanity in the past decade and a milestone on the path to providing safe, decent, affordable housing to 100,000 families in Nepal by 2016.
During this exciting week, Mindy will have the opportunity see what can be accomplished when families, organizations, communities and nations come together to build a future where everyone has a decent place to live.
You can also follow Mindy’s posts during the build at our Facebook page.
After 4 years of service, Gina Johnnie’s term on the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors came to an end on December 31, 2011. The Board of Governors is the Board of Directors for the Oregon State Bar, and Ms. Johnnie obtained that position through an election process. The Board of Governors is tasked with directing the Bar’s power for the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and the improvement of the administration of justice. Essentially, it was a lot of hard work. However, it is necessary work and work that betters our community as a whole. Ms. Johnnie was honored to represent Region 6 and is now looking for other commitments that are as fulfilling and rewarding as serving as a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors.
To learn more about the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors, please visit http://www.osbar.org/leadership/bog
Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service (MPLAS) has named Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP “Firm of the Year” for its donation of pro bono legal services in 2011.
MPLAS, a field office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, provides advice and representation to low-income citizens in Marion and Polk counties in the State of Oregon. The firm’s attorneys and staff worked on several cases referred by MPLAS in 2011, in addition to their regular service to local non-profit boards and community organizations.
The award will be formally presented to SSJH during the Marion County Bar Association Awards Dinner on January 19, 2012.
In the 2011 Rotary Food Drive to benefit Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS), SSJH surpassed its collection goal for the third year in a row, donating just over a ton of food, a total of 2010 lbs. SSJH attorneys, professional staff, clients, and friends joined the month-long effort.
As the regional food bank, MPFS collects the bulk of emergency food that reaches hungry residents via a network of 95 charities that either give out food boxes or that prepare and serve on-site meals. On average, 6,500 families, including 10,500 children, are being served each month.
Last year, MPFS fed the network by delivering nearly 7 million pounds of food to member charities. The value of that food was more than $10 million. With that food, MPFS charities gave out 77,587 emergency food boxes and prepared and served 588,563 on-site meals.
Last year, the Rotary Food Drive brought in 106,126 pounds of food and $80,124. Twenty-two businesses and organizations were acknowledged for their outstanding participation, including eight organizations raising over five tons and seven organizations (including SSJH) raising over a ton.