By AccountingWEB Staff
In 2011, the professionals and staff at Philadelphia accounting, tax, and business consulting firm, Citrin Cooperman, supported four organizations with chapters in Philadelphia: Philabundance, Toys for Tots, One Warm Coat, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes.
More than twenty-five office staff members pushed aside spreadsheets and calculators, rolled up their sleeves, and joined several other companies and organizations to package boxes of food at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center. The group filled approximately 680 boxes that were distributed to shelters in the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia office also raised $2,000 for the nonprofit, which is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.
"Nearly one million people in Philadelphia are at risk for hunger – 23 percent of which are children. Through organizations like Philabundance, our office can give back to those who are in need," said Mark Carrow, a managing partner of Citrin Cooperman's Philadelphia office. "It was our privilege to support Philabundance."
Citrin Cooperman packaged boxes of food at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat
Together, Citrin Cooperman's five offices (Springfield, New Jersey; White Plains, New York; Norwalk, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New York City) donated more than 650 toys, 300 coats, and $6,600 to their local Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat chapters. The effort concluded on December 16 when the contributions were delivered to the local nonprofit chapters. The charitable effort was coordinated through the accounting firm's Citrin Cooperman Cares committee. A friendly philanthropic competition between the five offices added to the experience.
"The outpouring of generosity was only eclipsed by the energy and enthusiasm our professionals and staff brought to the Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat effort," said Joel Cooperman, a managing partner at Citrin Cooperman. "Each of our offices gladly welcomed the opportunity to help give back to the communities in which they live and work."
The Toys for Tots Program, run by the U.S. Marines, collects new, unwrapped toys for distribution as Christmas gifts to needy children in communities where campaigns are conducted.
One Warm Coat assists in the donation of new and gently used coats, working with individuals, companies, and organizations to collect and deliver coats to local agencies that distribute them for free to people in need.
Coats, toys, and donations for Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat were collected
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Walk to Cure Diabetes
Kelly Fazakas, a senior accountant at Citrin Cooperman, gathered a team of twenty-three walkers who helped raise approximately $2,500 for the JDRF by participating in its Walk to Cure Diabetes. This annual Philadelphia event welcomes nearly 10,000 people and has raised millions of dollars for the organization.
"Citrin Cooperman was proud to support the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes as it is such a commendable event for a worthy cause," said Fazakas. "Having grown up with a sibling who suffered from juvenile diabetes, I personally appreciate the wonderful work of the JDRF and the difference that it makes in Philadelphia and beyond."
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and it is the largest charitable funder advocate of type 1 diabetes research. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is one of the fastest growing fundraising events in the world. Each year, more than 500,000 people "walk for a cure" at 200 JDRF walk locations in more than a dozen countries.
Twenty-three walkers helped raise approximately $2,500 for diabetes research