Southwest accounting firm Weaver’s private foundation named Big Brothers Big Sisters its “Charity of Choice” for fiscal year 2011-12, contributing $45,000 to affiliated agencies in communities near the firms’ offices.
Employees in each community also participated in the activities of those participating agencies, which included: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas in Austin; Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston Regions; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland; and Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas – Bexar County in San Antonio.
“A goal of the Weaver Private Foundation is to promote volunteerism among our employees by providing enriching opportunities to service those in need in our community,” said Andy Freundlich, partner-in-charge of real estate and construction services and a foundation board member, in a statement.
Firm employees engaged in “A Big for a Day” volunteer activities in each city. In Dallas, they spent an afternoon with Big Brothers Big Sisters children, their families, and children awaiting permanent mentors. Fort Worth volunteers bowled with unmatched children and in Houston, Weaver employees hosted lunch and a game day. Midland/Odessa staff also took the children bowling, and San Antonio participants played games with the Big Brothers Big Sisters “little buddies.” In Austin, the allocated funds will sponsor an upcoming Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ Promising Futures Scholarship ceremony.
“Thanks to Weaver, our local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates will continue to provide much-needed services for families in Texas,” said Charles Pierson, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, in a statement. “Each Texas affiliate provides volunteer opportunities to give time and hands-on experience associated with strengthening individual communities across our state.”
The Weaver Private Foundation was created to sponsor organizations, events and programs in communities local to Weaver employees. Every year, the foundation makes a contribution to a Charity of Choice, selected through an annual grant proposal process.
“Weaver is pleased to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates in the communities where we live and work,” stated Tommy Lawler, managing partner and CEO. “When our employees participate in hands-on activities, they can see how the foundation gives back to their own community.”