Giving back is an essential part of the Motley Rice culture. Our mission is to go beyond the office and courtroom walls to better our community. We sustain local and national efforts by sharing our heads, hands and hearts in working for a better tomorrow. We are proud to be active participants in community service organizations, not-for-profit groups, professional associations, volunteer projects and other charities.
ProjectGO! is our community outreach program that allows employees to donate a workday volunteering for organizations and non-profit groups in need throughout the Lowcountry. We are excited to see ProjectGO! turn into an annual event, encouraging year-round volunteer efforts and fostering new relationships within our community.
The 3rd annual ProjectGO! was on Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2, 2013, and Motley Rice staff and attorneys helped the following organizations:
East Cooper Meals on Wheels
A community-based nonprofit organization, East Cooper Meals on Wheels has been recognized nationally for innovation, integrity and entrepreneurship when it comes to addressing senior hunger. It responds to hunger among homebound seniors without charging for meals and without operating a waiting list. East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers more than 137,000 meals annually.
Elliotborough Park and Community Garden
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, sustain and beautify our local parks. The organization's mission is to increase the quality, awareness and usage of Charleston's park's and green spaces. A Living Wall and children’s garden are among this park's many special features.
Lowcountry Food Bank
The Lowcountry Food Bank’s mission is to serve South Carolina’s ten coastal counties by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies that provide for those in need and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The organization was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items through the generosity of both the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Trident United Way.
Pet Helpers is a private, non-profit Adoption Center and Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic that services communities across the Lowcountry. Its mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offer humane education programs; pursue animal cruelty prosecution; and initiate animal welfare legislation.
Shaw Community Center
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this City of Charleston community center provides fun and educational activities for children, teens, adults and seniors.
Simonton Park is among the new Charleston Parks Conservancy parks open to the public. Recently taken on as a Conservancy project, Simonton will be in need of beautification efforts throughout the year.
Trident Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Trident Habitat for Humanity, Inc., is to help construct modest but adequate housing for low-income families. Trident HFH’s represents all five greater Charleston-area Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
ProjectGO! 2013 NonProfit Project Proposals
This Spring, ProjectGO! will be held on Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2, 2013. We are asking all nonprofits located in the Charleston, S.C., area to submit proposals for volunteer projects with which they need help. These projects can involve physical or non-physical labor and should be able to be completed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline to submit a project for consideration is Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Our second annual ProjectGO! event took place last year on April 18 and April 25, 2012, and we were proud to have had more than 80 participants from our Mt. Pleasant, S.C., office volunteer at the following organizations:
Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC)
CYDC supports more than 600 Lowcountry children each year. It provides programs for victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment and severe emotional disorders. Volunteers cleaned the hard drives and took inventory for many of the CYDC's computers, as well as helped sand and repaint the bedroom furniture in the emergency shelter. Volunteers ended the day playing group kickball with the residents.
Charleston Animal Society (CAS)
The CAS promotes responsible ownership of pets and advocates for the compassionate treatment of all animals. The organization strives to provide sanctuary for lost, abandoned or abused pets while also working to encourage adoption and provide animal medical care. Volunteers spruced up the meet-and-greet area through light landscaping of the front grounds. Other projects included organizing the store room, bathing animals and cleaning the barn.
Elliotborough Park and Community Garden
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, sustain and beautify our local parks. The organization's mission is to increase the quality, awareness and usage of Charleston's park's and green spaces. Volunteers worked on the Garden's Living Wall to prepare and plant vegetables and also helped beautify the children's garden. Harvested vegetables from the Living Wall were donated to Crisis Ministries.
Sandpiper Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
The Nursing Center offers 24-hour licensed professional nursing care to people coping with illness or recovering from injury, as well as for those requiring extended stays. Volunteers spent one-on-one time with residents who do not normally receive many visitors, listened to them talk, exchanged stories and worked to engage them in conversation, games and other activities.
Investing in the Greater Good
While in the midst of our second annual event, Motley Rice also received news that its inaugural ProjectGO! was selected for both the 2012 Communitas Awards and Hermes Creative Awards. ProjectGO! won within the Communitas Awards' Company Sponsored Volunteer Project category, which recognizes companies and organizations worldwide that have changed how they do business to invest in the greater good and better their communities.
The Hermes Creative Awards is also a global competition that honors the architects of traditional and novel media. This competition evaluates thousands of entries from creative professionals involved in the conception, writing and graphic design of materials and technologies. ProjectGO! received the Gold Award in the Community Relations category inthe contest for branding, design and event promotion.
Motley Rice is following in the footsteps of numerous companies nationwide that have stepped out with programs aimed at investing company resources outside the corporate sector.