Our Quarles Cares event involved volunteering with the Naples Equestrian Challenge - a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic riding for individuals with disabilities. As a team, we repainted the interior of the facility and the outdoor barn. The operation went smoothly, and it felt great to give back to the local community. It was interesting to observe the Q&B teamwork outside the office. Although the character of work was substantially different, the synergy among the Q&B individuals remained consistent.
One thing that has really amazed me about Quarles is how many attorneys are actively involved in bettering the community. These are people that truly want to give back, and they are doing it so many different, wonderful ways. It was an amazing experience to hand out food with the Night Ministry because it was such a direct way of giving back. There was also a great turnout of people that came to help, which I found very impressive.
Right from the beginning, Quarles made it clear that giving back to the community is an important part of this job. I spent a few hours one day serving lunch at a soup kitchen with another Quarles employee. All the summers are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. In a few weeks, all the summer associates and other attorneys will volunteer with the Hunger Task Force. I'm look forward to it!
Quarles definitely strives to serve those less fortunate in the community. This summer, the firm partnered with the Shepherd Community Center to collect food and toiletries as part of Quarles’ Summer Hunger Drive. The firm set up donation boxes in the offices of several local businesses, and after several weeks of donations, we went around - donning our fantastic Quarles Cares T-shirts - and collected the boxes. We then delivered them to Shepherd. The donations completely filled their pantry, which was essentially bare before we arrived! Everyone there was so appreciative.
The Q&B Naples team spent the day painting and cleaning the Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC), a therapeutic riding center for individuals with disabilities. We were given a tour of a beautiful Amish-built barn and met some of the NEC horses before getting to work. NEC does amazing work with adults and children with disabilities, and we were able to learn a bit about how therapeutic riding helps those in need. We worked indoors and out to make the Center tidy and clean, and NEC was extremely thankful for the help.