Community Service Day
8.26.2013 This year was the beginning of a wonderful new tradition at F&D- community service day. Everyone from the Founders and Managing Partner through the newest staff member put some muscle into helping one of five nonprofits across metro Atlanta and Nashville.
Frazier & Deeter has always been a firm that encourages people to be involved in the community. But this year we took it to a new level with Community Service Day.
Each of our offices closed for a day and fielded teams of 20 to 50 people who spent the day working for a variety of charities. The Nashville team worked in the cold storage unit of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and boxed over 10,000 pounds of food. Partner Ronny Greer braved the heat instead of the cold and assembled boxes for hours to keep up with the team inside. Everyone looked snazzy in the Community Day T-shirts.
And then came Community Day for the two offices in metro Atlanta. Happily for the two outdoor teams the rain took a day off and we had sunshine all day.
At Piedmont Park, near our firm’s headquarters, a team that included founder David Deeter and Managing Partner Seth McDaniel spread mulch in several different area of the park. We were out of the office in a big way and there was talk of a “palest legs” contest in the wake of the rainiest summer in recent memory.
Meanwhile at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, partners and staff helped some of Atlanta’s neediest people learn how to use computers and prepare for job interviews. Partner Jeremy Jones, who is on the board for this organization, cleared out closets and helped the organization prepare for Christmas while others painted rooms, played games with the kids and gave manicures to the homeless women.
On the north side of Atlanta, nearly 50 people worked in the heat at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, clearing brush along the river and getting the vegetable garden ready for the fall/winter crop that will provide food for the North Fulton charities. Partners Jeff James and David Sawyer win this year’s prize for “Dirtiest Duty” after spending hours on mulch and compost duty in the afternoon sun.
And finally a team of 20 people, including Founder Jim Frazier, helped Senior Connections prepare breakfasts and lunches. The team prepped over 3,000 meals for seniors across northern and middle Georgia.
This year’s Community Service Day was a tremendous success –we got to know each other better as we got very “hands on” to help some important nonprofit organizations achieve their goals. Helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals is what our firm is all about, and our day of service was very F&D. In the end, our offices donated over 1,000 hours to the community but, just as important, we spent 1,000 hours together.