SCACPA challenged its chapters, firms and members to show how CPAs can give back to the community during October Month of Service, and we’re proud to see so many of you have answered the call! Here’s a quick look at your activities:
BURCH, OXNER, SEALE CO., CPAs, PA (FLORENCE)
Kristina Johnson, the Administrative/Marketing Assistant for Burch, Oxner, Seale, shares how her firm supported Wilson High School’s autism program, which operates an in-school coffee shop that relies on donations from the community.
“During the first two weeks of October, our office divided into two teams, Witch’s Brew and Spooky Spice,” Johnson said. “The objective was to collect as many coffee supplies as possible. We even encouraged clients to participate. Both teams created ‘coffee collection pots’ to reflect their team name.”
The coffee shop is run by students in the autism program. The purpose is not to just sell coffee to students and faculty but to teach life skills. Student employees interact with classmates, clock in and out of work, understand how to prepare coffee, earn a paycheck – and learn how to save money.
“We knew with the weather changing, the shop would be in need of supplies!” Johnson said.
The Witch’s Brew and Spooky Spice teams donated a total of:
- 422 cups and lids
- 1,286 K-cup coffee pods
- 2,200 sugar packets
- 2,500 stirrers
- 264 individually wrapped creamers
- 250 napkins
STOKES AND COMPANY CPAs (GREENVILLE)
Stokes and Company CPAs devoted a Monday and Tuesday toward Miracle Hill Ministries, South Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive provider of homeless services for children and adults.
“Our firm was privileged to paint the entry, living room, front room, kitchen and office for a Miracle Hill boys’ cottage,” said Stokes and Company Executive Assistant Christine King. “We had a great time of fun and fellowship. Anna and Mark from Miracle Hill were great to work with and had everything organized for us to make the most of our time. We appreciate Stephen Stokes, CPA, and Allen Hodges, CPA, for allowing us the opportunity to serve in our community.”
The team thanks Instant Imprints on Pelham Road for providing fast service and quality T-shirts.
Central Chapter Co-Treasurer/Secretary Traci Tasca, CPA, explains how members gathered at Harvest Hope Food Bank on Oct. 18 for a day of hands-on service.
“We had a great event Friday! Thirty people attended, and about half were students,” Tasca said. “We put 8.5 pallets of boxes together to send out to the food desert areas of South Carolina.”
Central Chapter members then relaxed at River Rat Brewery for a happy hour.
Chapter Chair Jayne Maas, CPA, and Treasurer Phillip Parker, CPA, cleaned a street near Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill near Legal Remedy Brewing, because “it looked like it’s a popular party spot!” Maas said.
“We had fun and felt good about doing it,” Maas said. “Someone from the neighborhood stopped by to thank us, which made our day!”
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?
Make sure you send photos and descriptions of your Month of Service activities to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your success stories on our website and social media!