Attorneys and staff from the Oswego office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC traded in their briefcases for work gloves, and helped beautify two local sites for the fourth Bond Community Service Day, June 24.
Members of the law firm spent the morning packing up litter, removing debris and trimming bushes at the Harbor Rail and Trail and Bicentennial Peace Garden in Oswego. They were some of nearly 200 attorneys and staff who donated their time to volunteer for nonprofit organizations across Oswego, Onondaga and Madison County.
The dollar value of volunteerism in New York State is $26.86 per hour, according to the website Independent Sector. That equates to a volunteer community investment value of approximately $23,000 for Bond Community Service Day.
According to Richard Hole, chairman of the firm’s management committee, initiatives like Community Service Day are popular with Bond employees, even if it means some extra hours in the office this week to complete ongoing work on behalf of clients.
“Giving back to our community and helping those less advantaged is important to our attorneys and staff, both of which are Bond’s biggest asset,” said Hole. “Our people want to make meaningful, active contributions to society. Many of our attorneys and staff serve on boards for nonprofits, and we’ve been big supporters of the United Way for years. Volunteerism is a win-win for the community and for Bond.”
The law firm actively participates in and supports numerous charitable, governmental, professional and community-based organizations.
In 2014, seven Bond attorneys were honored by the New York State Bar Association for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono services benefiting people unable to afford a lawyer.
The firm or its individual attorneys have also been recognized for pro bono contributions by Community Health Charities of New York, New York Law Journal and by several Syracuse area organizations, including WCNY and the Westcott Community Center.
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is one of the largest New York State law firms headquartered outside of New York City, with 230 lawyers serving individuals, companies and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has nine offices in New York State and offices in Naples, Florida and Overland Park, Kansas.