Warner Norcross + Judd LLP recently rolled out a new annual community impact gift program that will provide financial contributions to one or more organizations that support relevant issues in the community and address current needs of area residents.
The first recipients of the gifts were Ministry with Community and the YWCA of Kalamazoo.
“Giving back to the community is an important value at Warner,” said Josie Boucher, executive partner for Warner Norcross + Judd’s Kalamazoo office. “We are inspired by the missions of Ministry with Community and the YWCA of Kalamazoo and are proud to support their outstanding work.”
Ministry with Community is an organization that helps individuals in the Kalamazoo community who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, mental illness and other challenges. Some of the services Ministry with Community provides are laundry, showers, phone access, meals, personal care items and mental health services. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kalamazoo office volunteered quarterly in the kitchen at Ministry with Community, assisting with their breakfast service.
“We are so grateful for the support of Warner Norcross + Judd,” said Kelly Henderson, Ministry with Community executive director. “Your gift helps to ensure that everyone who connects with Ministry with Community will find the support they need to rebuild their lives. Thank you for helping us remove barriers in the lives of those we serve.”
Warner’s impact gift will support the YWCA’s capital campaign to open Michigan’s only comprehensive early childhood learning center, which will be located in the Edison Neighborhood of Kalamazoo. The organization focuses on reducing the infant mortality rate in Kalamazoo; offers education and programming for social justice initiatives; supports programs for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking; and ensures children in Kalamazoo have access to quality child care.
“YWCA Kalamazoo is honored to hold the vote of confidence of Warner Norcross + Judd, as evidenced by their financial support of our work and offering of employees as volunteers,” said Lisa Rodriguez, vice president of development for the YWCA of Kalamazoo. “We stand strong in our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and are fortunate to have community allies, like WNJ, stand with us. The expansion of our mission extends to improving the lives of children, and WNJ has demonstrated their support of this expansion through our innovative and comprehensive children’s center: YWCA Edison Children’s Center. Together, we are making Kalamazoo a more equitable community. For this, we say thank you.”