Sacramento, CA – Nearly a dozen attorneys and staff members of the Sacramento office of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB), a workers’ compensation defense law firm, along with their families purchased supplies, food and clothing and personally delivered them to homeless men and women living in the vicinity of the levee on the Sacramento River.
The law firm’s team handed out such necessities as tents, bike carts, a portable cooking stove, flashlights, food, wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, pet food, plastic bags, bungie cords, tent sealant, bug spray, plates, silverware, duct tape, emergency kits, and ponchos.
“Some of these men and women have been living out here under these harsh conditions for two decades or longer,” said Hilary McLaughlin, co-managing partner of ATB’s Sacramento office. “I’m pleased that our office was able to get together, plan and do something with our families that showed we care and want to help. It was encouraging for us and our families when the men and women expressed genuine appreciation for our efforts. We all learned that a little kindness can make a difference.”
According to Ms. McLaughlin and Shea Conway, co-managing partner, the office plans to continue its activities and will return with more goods for the homeless here in the coming weeks. In addition, many of the children who participated in the activity now plan on contributing to the cause by initiating fundraising efforts in their schools.
Kickoff of “ATB Cares”
For the law firm, the effort in Sacramento marked the start of its ATB Cares, a national initiative that will involve each of its 27 offices around the country in various community outreach activities.
“There’s no question many people around the country are hurting and in need of assistance,” said Steven C. Testan, founder and senior managing partner, ATB. “Our partners, associates and staff in all parts of the country have been involved in pro bono legal work throughout their careers and we take pride in the many capital contributions we make individually and as a firm to support charitable causes and service organizations in our cities, states and nationally.
“Even so, we all felt compelled to roll up our sleeves and be more proactive in addressing specific community needs,” he continued. “As a way to engage our people, clients and vendors and build momentum with our local efforts, we developed the theme, ‘ATB Cares,’ and it’s exciting to see how teams in each of our offices are collaborating on their local service activities.”