Family Sponsor with Women’s and Children’s Alliance: The H&H Foundation Boise sponsored two families through the Women’s and Children’s Alliance this holiday season. Each family consisted of a mom with three children (ages 1 to 10 1/2, totaling eight people). Attorneys and staff shopped for or donated money to fulfill wish list items ranging from clothing and toys to household items. Through the donations collected and funds from our Foundation account, we were even able to purchase five bikes, which had been requested by the older children on our list.
We partnered this year with our client A10 Capital to participate in the 31st Rake Up Boise on Saturday, November 11. Our hearty team of more than two dozen volunteers raked leaves at four different homes, filling 50+ bags. We joined thousands of volunteers across the city who raked at 900 homes for the annual Neighborhood Works Project which supports disabled or 65+ year-old residents in Boise and Garden City who are unable to handle fall leaf removal from their property.
Attorneys, staff, and family members, gathered for a “painting party” to support The Idaho Foodbank’s Empty Bowls project. Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the Empty Bowls event, is held annually on the day after Thanksgiving (this year, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017). The Foodbank collects 3000+ hand painted, handcrafted bowls from professional and amateur artisans, students, and studios. The Boise office donated and painted 34 bowls for the 2017 event. On event day, attendees purchase a bowl and can enjoy a hot bowl of soup donated by one of several local restaurants. Funds raised by the event help provide food assistance to those in need during the winter. Empty Bowls typically raises $30,000. According to the Idaho Foodbank, every $1 raised provides one person with four meals.
Dedicated team of volunteers from the Boise office participated in Hunger Action Month with the Idaho Foodbank. The fall harvest season often brings a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetable donations to the Idaho Foodbank, and they need lots of volunteers to help them repack the bulk donations into family-sized portions so the food can be delivered to those in need. Donning hairnets and gloves, nine Boise office attorneys and staff were plumb tired after sorting and repackaging nearly 1,500 lbs. of plums on an afternoon in mid-September. The Foodbank volunteer event has become an annual activity for the Boise office Foundation – one we look forward to each year!
Back to School with Women’s and Children’s Alliance: We sponsored two families – seven total students – on a Back to School project in August. Through the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, we adopted one family of five children and provided each student with a backpack and school supplies, as well as a first day of school outfit and new shoes. We sponsored an additional two children through the Boise Rescue Mission, providing these students with two sets of new clothes and a new pair of shoes to start the school year off right.
Mulching trees and applying playground safety surfacing to spruce up Sunset Park. Enduring temperatures that spiked to 102 degrees while toiling in the sun, a team of 35 office members, family, and friends spent the morning helping Boise Parks and Recreation with park refurbishment projects. Undaunted by the enormous piles of mulch and surfacing waiting for us, our group dug deep and pushed through to spread 100+ yards of resurfacing material around the entire playground area and laid mulch around every tree in the park. We were proud to be described by one of the park officials as “over achievers.”
Ronald McDonald House: Our Boise team shopped, prepped, and cooked dinner for 20 who are staying at the Idaho Ronald McDonald House while their children were under care at St. Luke’s Hospital. The team prepared a sandwich bar (BLTs, Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad) accompanied by fresh fruit with ‘best dip ever’, deviled eggs, chips, and finished off with cake for dessert.
Ronald McDonald House: Ronald McDonald House provides families who live outside Boise with a place to stay, at no or little cost, while their child is receiving medical treatment. Volunteers help supply home cooked meals for families during their stay. In February, five members of the office helped cook a delicious meal for 15. Colleen, Sue, and Katherine handled the shopping in advance so the rest of the group work could devote their time to cooking, baking, and laughing.
The Boise office raised funds to purchase food for the dinner by selling raffle tickets to win a “Beer Vault.” Members of the firm donated a variety of beer from Trappist to local crafts.
Sawtooth Relay Race: For the 14th year, members of the Boise office participated in this 62-mile relay run that raises funds for Racing Unlimited, Inc., a non-profit that funds pilot research projects at the University of Kansas Medical Center Kidney Institute seeking treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease. This year’s team, “Holland & Hart Attack” (aka gluttons for punishment) included Lauren Prew, Chris McCurdy, Alex Grande, Brett Ruff, and Kirk Cheney.
Idaho Food Bank: Once again, a dedicated group of twelve volunteers donned the required hair (and beard) nets to spend a few hours at the Idaho Food Bank warehouse helping to sort and bag over 3,000 pounds of peaches and plums for delivery to needy families in the area.
H&H Foundation Holiday Project: The Boise office adopted one family from the WCA and two families from Borah High School for the H&H Foundation Holiday Project. Our group assembled gift tags, took tags from the holiday tree, purchased items or contributed funds to help purchase gifts, shopped, wrapped, and delivered. Our three adopted families were able to benefit from our office’s giving spirit.
- American Lung Association – Fight for Air Climb
- Habitat for Humanity
- Holland & Hart Foundation raffle and auction
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Movies for a Cause