Last month, Hall & Company partnered with South County Outreach to host a Backpack Drive! As part of the firm’s many philanthropic initiatives, Hall & Company wanted to focus their efforts on a back-to-school themed event and sought to partner with South County Outreach, a local non-profit committed to preventing hunger and homelessness by “helping people help themselves.”
Hall & Company employees were given a week in late July to shop and assemble backpacks for Orange County children of all ages. We stocked the bags with an assortment of school supplies, including #2 pencils, composition notebooks, Texas Instruments calculators, earbud headphones and more.
Team members thoroughly enjoyed the week-long drive, citing that it allowed them to connect with their families and give back to the community in a purposeful way.
“Participating in the backpack drive was a meaningful activity for my family, especially for my children as they learned how joyful it is to serve kids in need. They picked the school supplies and packed them together. I would love to do this again next year! Thank you, Hall & Company and SCO, for this amazing opportunity to be of service,” said Hall & Company controller, Hannah Shim.
In addition to providing team members an opportunity to give back, the backpack drive also was a time of reflection for some team members, such as Jacob Uribe.
“The backpack drive was a humbling experience for me,” commented the audit associate. “When I heard about the opportunity through Hall & Company to help donate backpacks and supplies to kids in my community, I was excited to see my employer wanting to participate. This drive really hit home for me because I grew up with multiple siblings, and every year around August/September, my mom would inevitably become financially overwhelmed when it came to putting together supplies for her three boys. Seeing my mom do this each year for three boys for 12 years, I understand the value of these supplies. I know that there are parents in our communities who are unable to buy these necessary items for their kids, and I just wanted to contribute now that I am in a position to do so. Again, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate, and I’m glad that the members at Hall & Company felt the same way!”
Overall, the backpack drive was a smashing success, with the firm reaching its goal of collecting 50 backpacks for Orange County families in need. As one of Orange County’s leading CPA firms, Hall & Company firmly believes in contributing to the local community, and continually aims to work with organizations that resonate with the Hall & Company team. To learn more about Hall & Company’s culture, or for information on general financial topics, visit our blog. Alternatively, if you’re interested in joining an experienced team of accounting professionals who are also passionate about giving back, contact us today. We’re always looking for top-tier talent to join our firm.