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At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we not only stand for our clients – we stand for our neighbors. In 2004, firm employees took this core belief and created a streamlined way to give back to the communities we are so proud to call home. Today, the SHC Employee Committee continues this legacy of giving back.
Separate from the philanthropic efforts of the firm, the SHC Employee Committee distributes funds generated solely by employees and attorneys through annual contributions, paycheck deductions and other employee-driven fundraising efforts. The committee consists of 12 employees, including a secretary, treasurer and director. The SHC Employee Committee is one of two charitable committees included in the overarching SHC Foundation – the other being the Meso Committee, which focuses on financially supporting mesothelioma research and awareness.
Since 2004, employees have donated more than $1 million to the nonprofits and organizations working on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Our efforts extend to each of the cities in which our six offices are located: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, New York and Alton, Illinois.
In addition to financial support, employees further bolster their commitment to the community in several ways, including:
Donating countless volunteer hours
Regularly collecting personal hygiene items, clothing and food for area shelters and food banks
Participating and sponsoring annual fundraising activities
Coordinating three annual fundraising events: a golf tournament, a fall food drive, and an Adopt-A-Family holiday gift drive
For more than 15 years, the committee has organized an annual golf tournament to raise funds for area charities. To date, the tournament has raised more than $230,000 to benefit several organizations and charities, including:
The annual tournament is organized in a 4-person team scramble format, with all net proceeds from registration fees and sponsorships benefiting the selected charities. Committee members choose a different beneficiary every year.
The annual food drive is an event that collects food and monetary donations for food pantries located in the cities our six offices call home. Started in 2005, the event takes place from October through November so pantries will be well-stocked for the holiday season. From 2005 to 2018, five Alton-area food pantries received an average 5,000-pound donation shortly before Thanksgiving. The delivery was the second-largest, single donation many of the pantries received, behind only the Boy Scouts Food Drive. Starting in 2019, the committee now donates $2,500 to each pantry in lieu of food so they can fill their shelves based on their specific food needs.
To encourage employee participation, the committee organizes a series of internal raffles and firmwide activities to help raise the needed funds, including casual Fridays that encourage everyone to represent their favorite sports team, and a Halloween costume contest.
Employees have supported a wide variety of organizations in the greater St. Louis area and Madison County, Illinois where the firm is headquartered. They’ve also lent their support to a number of individuals and families with urgent personal or medical needs.
The commitment of employees to their community earned Simmons Hanly Conroy a United Way Community Spirit Award in 2005, making it the only Southwest Illinois organization to receive the honor. Other notable recognitions include the Lovejoy Elementary Community Partnership Award for employees’ participation in the Backpacks for Kids Program, as well as the Alton Salvation Army’s Food Collection Superstar Award. In 2019, the St. Louis Business Journal recognized the firm as the most philanthropic midsize business in the St. Louis Metro area, in part because of employees’ charitable contributions.
Through the SHC Employee Committee, employees have helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations through donations and volunteerism, including:
Every holiday season, committee members participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, which grants the holiday wishes of children and families in need throughout Madison County, Illinois.
Local shelters, long-term care facilities and schools supply committee members with dozens of holiday wish lists, which include clothing, food and toys. Committee members then “adopt” families and individuals by using employee donations to purchase items from their lists. The items are then wrapped, ensuring they all have gifts to open during the holidays.
Firm employees strongly believe that everyone should have a reason to look forward to the holiday season and are committed to making that a reality for as many people as possible. Items purchased have included bikes, laptops, clothing, art sets, basketball hoops and more.
Through the SHC Employee Committee, Simmons Hanly Conroy employees have made it their mission to support the children, families and organizations that make up the communities they call home. The same commitment shown to firm clients every day is mirrored in the commitment employees have for their neighbors in need. Through the SHC Employee Committee donation request program, organizations and nonprofits can apply to receive monetary funds to help those they serve.
The SHC Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that has received federal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable support organization.
The SHC Employee Committee does not provide monetary assistance to political organizations or religious organizations that request funds for religious purposes. Additionally, family members of Simmons Hanly Conroy employees cannot be provided funds from this committee.