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Bracewell & Giuliani’s Day of Service 2013

February 4, 2013

HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP held its second annual Day of Service sponsored by the firm’s Associate Inclusion Committee. Bracewell employees and their families were invited to participate in giving back to their respective communities by lending support, resources and services to charitable organizations. The firm-wide events were held throughout the month of January, in support of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. 

The itinerary for each office’s Day of Service, is below.

Austin Capital Area Food Bank – January 26
The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) provides food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In fiscal year 2011-12, CAFB provided more than 22 million pounds of food. The CAFB service area covers 19,064 square miles in Central Texas. Bracewell volunteers inspected and sorted food donated by local retailers. 

Connecticut FoodShare – January 4
FoodShare works to end hunger as part of the overall community effort to alleviate poverty in greater Hartford. By working closely with other local partners - individuals, businesses, schools, faith groups, and government agencies - Foodshare seeks to increase awareness of hunger in the community. Bracewell volunteers sorted food and completed some light cleaning and sweeping. 

Dallas Wesley Rankin Community Center – January 26
The Wesley Rankin Community Center runs a Children's Free Store where parents can "shop" for warm clothes, coats and school uniforms for their children. The Children's Free Store partners with Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School, where 99% of students are on reduced lunch plans. Students are given one uniform a year to wear, but most families cannot afford to purchase additional uniforms. Bracewell volunteers served as personal shoppers to assist parents, operated the checkout, and managed store stocking and restocking. Volunteers also brought clothing donations. 

Houston Houston Food Bank – January 26
The Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest feeding America food bank and serves as a source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Its network of 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, providing 50 million nutritious meals annually. The project involved inspecting and sorting food donated by local retailers.

New York Project Sunshine – January 26
Project Sunshine provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.Volunteers bring programming - recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) - to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges. Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment. Bracewell volunteers will be making craft kits for children at local hospitals whom have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. 

San Antonio Habitat for Humanity – January 26
Habitat for Humanity works with low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford a home. By the end of 2012, Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio, built 795 Habitat Homes for families in need. The San Antonio office volunteers helped build a home and prepare lunch for other building volunteers. 

Seattle FareStart – January 26
FareStart is a non-profit organization that trains homeless and disadvantaged individuals for jobs in the culinary industry, and also delivers meals daily to several area homeless shelters. As volunteers, Bracewell assisted with basic food preparation such as peeling vegetables, chopping and assembling dishes. 

Washington, D.C. D.C. Central Kitchen – January 23 & 24
The D.C. Central Kitchen turns leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinary job training to once homeless and hungry adults. The mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. The D.C. Central Kitchen provides breakfast, outreach, and counseling services to chronically homeless people living on the streets. Bracewell volunteers helped by chopping and peeling vegetables, and preparing meals for distribution.