The North American Corporate & Securities practice group members carried out our tradition and made a big impact serving nine communities across three countries in our 2018 Community Service Day. Attorneys, professional staff and summer associates in Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Mexico City, Miami, New York, San Francisco/Palo Alto and Toronto answered the call and volunteered with their chosen local charities. Highlights from the regional event include:

Chicago volunteers assisted with various campus maintenance and improvement projects at McCutcheon Elementary School. (Student population: 93% low income, 30% diverse learners, 37% limited English, 30% homeless, among other stats.)

Dallas volunteers sorted, organized and packed more than 1,100 bags of children's art paint that will be included in back-to-school distributions later this summer at Hope Supply Co. (HSC), an organization formed to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children. (HSC distributes 40,000+ diapers each week along with other basic necessities to its partner agencies.)

DC volunteers assisted with the upkeep of the N Street Village community garden, including pulling six 55-gallon bags of weeds and watering, so that residents could pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and incorporate the harvested food into a dinner meal for residents. (N Street Village offers a broad spectrum of services, housing and advocacy to homeless and low-income women.)

Houston volunteers assisted Urban Harvest with planting and garden upkeep at the Gregory Lincoln Education Center garden, the source of the school's cultivated classroom project which teaches students how to garden, harvest and cook home-grown produce. (About 80% of Lincoln's students come from economically disadvantaged homes and struggle with food insecurity.)

Mexico City volunteers visited and spent time talking and playing with patients with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases at Hospital Siglo XXI. (Collaborating with TrueqMx, an association seeking to provide social assistance through program collaborations with institutions that support people of limited resources and vulnerable groups.)

Miami volunteers hosted a pizza party for the children and their families currently living at Ronald McDonald House – Miami (RMH). (RMH offers help and hope for families traveling far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children.)

New York volunteers prepared and arrived to work with the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (BSSC) to provide creative writing lessons to public school children; however, due to unforeseen circumstances, no children arrived for the session. Baker McKenzie team members still enjoyed the quality time together. (BSSC empowers students with the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance.)

San Francisco/Palo Alto volunteers assisted at Ecumenical Hunger Program's (EHP) food pantry and community closet with sorting, preparing and distributing emergency food boxes and clothing/household goods to families in need. (EHP provides practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship in its surrounding communities.)

Toronto volunteers participated in a shelter experience day at the Toronto Humane Society (THS) by interacting with shelter animals and conducting an enrichment activity creating toys for the shelter animals. (The mission of THS is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.)



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