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Quarles Cares

Quarles Cares
Community Involvement at Quarles & Brady

At Quarles & Brady LLP, we actively engage in civic and charitable initiatives. We find it essential to connect directly with our communities in order to fully understand and better address their needs. Through our Quarles Cares volunteer initiatives, we provide opportunities for attorneys and staff to commit themselves personally to civic and charitable efforts. Our primary areas of emphasis are projects that relate to hunger and education, but whatever the cause, the focus of this program is hands-on volunteerism.

Quarles Cares is a wonderful vehicle for encouraging our attorneys and staff to remain in touch with the world around them and, hopefully, make our communities better and brighter places to live. Quarles Cares is also a great internal team builder because it allows us opportunities to work with Quarles personnel whom we might not see in the course of our daily routines, and we are able to celebrate one another’s skills and strengths.

How We Serve Our Communities, Office by Office

Chicago, Illinois
Our Chicago Office attorneys and staff partner with The Night Ministry, a non-denominational, non-profit organization that has served Chicago’s most vulnerable. The Ministry accepts people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or social status and strives to build positive relationships with them. Q&B Chicago volunteers shop, organize and assemble Starlight Soup Suppers and Moonlight Picnics to satisfy the need for basic meals. Attorneys and staff prepare to serve 200 of our homeless in the Humboldt Park and Chicago's Uptown area. We have also been fortunate to be able to donate goods to the Outreach Bus that offers on-the-spot medical and spiritual counseling for the homeless.

In addition, the Chicago office attorneys and staff participate in a number of community service events and fundraisers, including the following:
• Sponsoring and supplying volunteers for the City-wide Women Everywhere Service Project.
• Quarles & Brady participates annually in the Race Judicata event, benefiting the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services organization. This year, Quarles & Brady was well-represented at the Race on July 21, 2011 with 25 attendees who braved the threat of heat that ranged above 100 degrees as well as the 3.1 mile course along the Chicago lakefront.
• Chicago Office of Q&B raised over $300 for Make-A-Wish Foundation thru the Jeans for Wishes program that grants wishes to children struggling with life-threatening medical conditions.
• The Chicago Food Depository, who distributes food to 650 member soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters, has been the recipient of money donations from attorneys and staff from the Chicago Jean's Days.

The Women's Forum of the Chicago office, along with clients and guests, organized an event to assemble Baby Bags for low income expectant mothers and Hygiene Kits for the underprivileged. All together 15 boxes of hygiene kits and a dozen diaper bags were delivered to the Night Ministry.

During the month of December, the Chicago office collected new hats, mittens, scarves and socks to be delivered to Night Ministry for distribution to the homeless in the Chicago community. The donation was valued at more than $500.

Annually, Quarles Cares and the Diversity Committee sponsor an International Soul Food Luncheon. During that luncheon attorneys and staff contributed items that were representative of their ethnic backgrounds and family history. The Speaker for our luncheon was former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American female Senator in the United States Congress. Ms. Braun spoke of other African-American Women who were "first" in their field.

The Chicago Office hosted numerous briefing series for Equality Illinois. EQIL is an organization that supports the rights of the LGBT community. Through these briefing series we have heard IL Governor Pat Quinn, IL Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, IL State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Commissioner of US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, Chai Feldblum.

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison office attorneys and staff focus their time and efforts on many local charitable endeavors. Each calendar quarter a charity is chosen to benefit from fundraising events that include bake sales, theme luncheons, jeans days, tailgate and wine tasting parties. Some current and past recipients are Komen Madison Race for the Cure and Second Harvest Foodbank, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin through community partnerships, serving nearly 141,000 people annually, including 43 percent who are children. Another recipient is Access Community Health Centers which addresses the financial, cultural, and language barriers that prevent access to health care. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, they provide affordable and quality primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care and pharmacy services at five locations. Providing a health care home is the foundation of care at Access Community Health Centers. They help patients achieve their best health so they may live full and active lives and provide timely, well-organized care, and 24-hour access to doctors and health professionals.

The Madison office has been, and continues to be, very active in the community in other ways as well. Staff members volunteer onsite at the Second Harvest Foodbank facility on a monthly basis and during the holidays are involved in the annual Second Harvest Holiday Foodbank Food Drive. The office also takes part in the following charitable events and volunteer opportunities: planting, painting and/or completing various service projects around Dane County for United Way Days of Caring; participating as a team to raise money through fundraisers and donations for various nonprofit agencies in Dane County including the American Heart Association. More than $12,000 was raised and donated to St. Mary’s Ronald McDonald House by the firm, attorneys and staff, including proceeds from a Concerts on the Square fundraising event. The St. Mary’s Ronald McDonald Family Room is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. St. Mary’s Hospital collaborated with Ronald McDonald Charities of Madison to build an onsite Ronald McDonald Family Room so that families of very sick children will be able to stay in a comfortable, friendly space in the hospital just a short walk from pediatrics and NICU.

In addition, we support the United Way Campaign of Dane County in reaching its goal to sustain its Agenda for Change through employee pledges that totaled $25,000 for the most recent campaign. Our office also participates in the Holiday Teen Gift Drive, in cooperation with United Way, along with the Marines Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and others, to provide food and gifts for children and teenagers.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Office of Quarles & Brady has a rich tradition of giving back to the community in many ways. In addition to our long-standing partnerships with organizations and campaigns, the office actively supported the national Quarles Cares program by focusing on those organizations who have a connection to hunger and education. The following is only a sample of these efforts.

The Milwaukee office continues to participate in a variety of civic initiatives, including the Open Door Ministry Program at The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. As weekly volunteers at the Open Door Ministry, staff and attorneys serve lunch to people in need of a nutritious meal. Quarles & Brady members also donate toiletries, clothing and other personal necessities to assist those who are unable to afford these fundamental items.

The Milwaukee office also participates in the Hunger Task Force “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive by helping to sort and pack over 28,000 pounds of food at an inner-city Post Office station. This is the major food drive for this highly successful organization and Quarles & Brady is proud to be associated with this drive (for five years now) along with daily food sorts at the charitable organization’s headquarters.

Quarles & Brady members look forward to our annual support of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. In 2011, the office collected 166 toys. At the same time, the Milwaukee office holds a food drive for the Hunger Task Force where in 2011 Q&B members donated more than 420 lbs. of food. Additionally, the Milwaukee office participated in the Family to Family Thanksgiving Food Drive by providing complete Thanksgiving dinners to area families. In 2011, this program provided 324 Thanksgiving meals to families.

The Milwaukee office also collects professional clothing for the Bottomless Closet, an organization devoted to providing women and men with clothing that will enable them to more effectively seek and retain rewarding jobs.

More than 20 Milwaukee office attorneys and staff participated in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in 2011 raising over $2,000 for breast cancer research. This campaign has been growing steadily for several years after a few staff members organized efforts and began growing interest through grass roots efforts.

In 2011, the Milwaukee office raised more than $540,000 for the Greater Milwaukee United Way Campaign. One hundred twenty-eight partners and retired partners, 48 associates and 6 legal assistants and more than 32 staff members contributed to these results. Of particular note, the office had a total of 104 Leadership Givers who pledged $1,200 or more, including 16 who pledged at the “Tocqueville” level of $10,000 or more.

For the United Way Days of Caring, volunteers stuff backpacks with school supplies to benefit the children currently residing at the Meta House, an internationally-recognized drug and alcohol abuse treatment and housing program for struggling women in our community. In 2011, the office was able to provide more than 64 backpacks for students needing assistance in getting ready for the school year.

Golda Meir - Journal Project. Also in support of Quarles Cares, the Milwaukee office identified 30 volunteers who were paired up with third grade students on a journal project. The students wrote a personal story in journal and then the journal was mailed to several other individuals across the United States who added to the journal with their personal story. The activity promotes learning about geography as well as individual differences and interests.

Throughout any given year, the Milwaukee office highlights charitable organizations by offering the opportunity to wear blue jeans on select Fridays. This very popular program raises between $500 and $750 per Blue Jeans Day Friday as interested members pay $5 to wear blue jeans, while helping a local cause or organization. To create our list of “Blue Jeans Day” recipients each year, we ask Q&B staff and attorneys for recommendations of organization/campaigns that have a strong connection to the primary Quarles Cares initiatives of hunger and education. 2011 was another successful year as seven organizations collectively received more than $2,500 in cash donations from this program.

Also this year, Quarles & Brady sponsored a Career Pathway Event for the Notre Dame Middle School. The students received a presentation highlighting the many careers at Quarles. Additionally, attorney volunteers spent the day at the Hmong American Peace Academy, judging presentations students gave on important social justices or community issues of significance.

Naples, Florida
The Naples office has “adopted” a third-grade class at Golden Terrace Elementary School. The attorneys and staff members volunteer their time both in and out of the classroom. The program has several components, including quarterly events at the school that give the students a chance to interact with the volunteers, conducting a mock archaeological dig with the Anthropology Club from Florida Gulf Coast University to provide the children with a learning module on Florida indigenous people (primarily the Seminole Indians), a year-end book drive, and activities to complement the teacher's reading program such as recording books on tape and reading to the class.

The Naples office also participates in an annual Habitat for Humanity community build day, a holiday food drive to benefit St. Matthew’s House, blood drives and local fundraising events for the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Beyond the Quarles Cares initiatives, many individual members of the Naples office generously give of their time and talents to the local community: Our attorneys sit on various boards or volunteer with the following organizations: the Collier County YMCA, the Humane Society of Naples, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Cancer Alliance of Naples, Legal Aid of Collier County, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Florida, and Camp Boggy Creek. (Camp Boggy Creek is a Hole in the Wall camp, enriching the lives of children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses, with founders who include Paul Newman and retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.)

For the past several years, the Naples office participated in the Collier County American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. In addition, we raise money for the American Heart Association by sponsoring book sales, ice cream socials, hosting casual jean days throughout the year and by individual donations. 

The Naples office has teamed up to support our Tampa office by participating in a school supply drive to benefit the Hillsborough County Education Foundation. This charitable organization’s mission is to ensure that children in the Hillsborough County public school system have the basic tools for learning. The staff and attorneys in each office donated essential school supplies, including composition books, scissors, pencils, crayons and glue, and raised additional funds to donate to this valuable charity.

Phoenix, Arizona
The Phoenix Office coordinates a variety of ongoing, annual, and one-time events as part of its mission to provide volunteer experiences that have wide appeal to its staff and attorneys, and a wide reach across the Phoenix community. One of our most successful efforts is our longstanding partnership with Capitol Elementary School, a school that serves one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Phoenix. Our involvement began in 1993, and since then, more than 75 members of the Phoenix Office have participated each year. Our dedicated volunteers log countless hours of service each year — a record that we are extremely proud of, but which is vastly exceeded by our pride in the accomplishments of the students we serve.

This February, we participated in our fifth annual Hearts Against Hunger in-service volunteer day at St. Mary’s Food Bank, one of the world’s largest food banks. In addition to food and cash donations, we encourage those in our Phoenix Office to volunteer for a two-hour shift during the work day at the food distribution center.

Our community service initiatives don’t stop there, though. In May 2011, we sponsored a women's professional clothing drive for Dress for Success, an international organization that helps disadvantaged women find and retain employment by providing career development tools and professional attire. In November 2011, we helped St. Vincent de Paul collect turkeys for needy valley families during St. Vincent’s annual Turkey Tuesday. Through cash donations and the efforts of Quarles & Brady volunteers, we were able to raise funds to donate countless turkeys in support of Turkey Tuesday. In August 2011, we collected an assortment of back packs and various school supplies for the Communities in Schools of Arizona (CISA) Supplies 4 Students Project. CISA works with more than 75 schools throughout Arizona to deliver programs and services addressing the education barriers of under privileged students. In June 2011, our summer associates caught the volunteer spirit and spent an afternoon with the students at the Boys and Girls Club in Maryvale.

Our ongoing projects include blood drives every three months for United Blood Services and Project Linus, a national organization that provides blankets and afghans to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise. A group of volunteers crochet and knit blankets in their free time and donate them to Project Linus.

Finally, this year’s United Way campaign was a huge success. We raised over $41,000.00 through pledges and casual days. 

Tampa, Florida
In October, the Tampa office participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. More than 50 people walked as part of the Quarles Cares team. Together, our team raised $9,488, helping the American Cancer Society reach its goal of raising more than $400,000 for the fight against breast cancer. Quarles Cares ranked fifth among all teams in Hillsborough County, and Quarles & Brady held strong as the number four company in the county.

During the holiday season, a Christmas tree was set up in the office’s main lobby with 17 ornaments with children’s names and ages. Employees were asked to either adopt a child by choosing an ornament from the tree and purchasing some or all the gifts off their wish list, to donate by a monetary gift, or volunteer to be a shopper with the money donated.

In February 2012, the Tampa office expanded its community service efforts by partnering with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The Crisis Center provides services such as free, confidential counseling for suicide prevention and support for at-risk individuals and their families, telephone reassurance calls and daily checks for lower-income, socially isolated elderly and disabled adults, family stabilization and Transcare Medical Transportation Services and Educational programs and workshops that focus on emotional wellness.

The Tampa office also collects donations throughout the year in its commitment to those families in need by participating in the Crisis Center's "Wish List" project. The project is a collection of necessity items, such as toiletries, gently used clothes, used cell phones, school supplies and gift cards that can be provided to those families at the Crisis center.

Tucson, Arizona
The spirit of the Old Pueblo is alive and well in the Tucson office with a strong emphasis on community involvement and caring for those in need.

In 2011, the Firm was a finalist for the Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award in the Community Service category. The firm has supported Arizona Families for Children since 1989 through support for the annual Celebrity Bowling event. This is a visible local event that draws celebrities and a local television station each year.

For the past three years, the Tucson office has proudly supported the Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School Reading Program. Carrillo is an elementary “magnet” school located in Downtown Tucson. A group of attorneys and staff rotate on a bi-weekly basis and provide reading instruction to the second and third grades. A celebration is held at the end of each school year for the children in the program recognizing their accomplishments and providing a new personal reading book for each child. The reaction from the school and each child has been very appreciative.

The Tucson Office has also supported the Tucson Community Food Bank for the past 12 years. Nine volunteers participated in the 2011 Tucson Community Food Bank event by packing 18 pallets in less than four hours, generating over 52,900 pounds of canned and bottled food items for distribution to local families in need.

For the past nine years, the Firm has been supporting the Children’s Village, a state-licensed group home facility providing children (ages 3 to 17 years) a safe transition to a permanent home. In December 2011, the Quarles Cares team (including Santa Claus, a Q&B partner) hosted the annual holiday party at Children’s Village. As a result of fundraising events held throughout the year and the other generous donations by attorneys and staff in the Tucson office, over $1,600 of donations were collected. This self-funded event is always a success for all involved -- the party includes a chicken finger dinner, gift bags for the children, and included an $847.74 cash contribution to the facility. The gifts included games for each house and awesome handmade hats and scarves for the children and staff made by our own K.N.O.T.S. ("Kids Need Our Timeless Skills") Group. K.N.O.T.S. continues to meet monthly to plan for and work on items to be given as part of each year's event and to offer instruction in the basics of crocheting and knitting to willing volunteers.

For the sixth consecutive year, a Quarles & Brady team walked in the 20011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The Quarles team was proud to join over 5,000 striders for a three mile non-competitive walk in October, 2011. Donations from employees, family and friends totaled $595 of the $185,112.40 collected overall.

The office also supported the United Way Days of Caring. We adopted Christopher Columbus Park, sponsored by the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Program, and spent a few hours picking up litter to help keep the park clean and safe.

In 2012, the office is also partnering with the American Cancer Society to develop educational programs for Firm members and develop financial contribution programs. 

Washington, D.C.
Our Washington, D.C. office opened in March 2012. We look forward to engaging our team with Quarles Cares efforts in the community in the very near future.