At Black Mountain, we know how important it is to do our part to give back to the community. To that end, our firm participates in various community service opportunities throughout the year. Over the past few months, Black Mountain team members volunteered at various organizations in both San Diego and New York City.
MONARCH SCHOOL IN SAN DIEGO
The San Diego office helped bring holiday cheer to the Monarch School this year. Monarch has served San Diego for nearly three decades, beginning as a one-room education center and expanding into a K-12 comprehensive school designed to educate homeless youth.
In December, the Black Mountain team adopted a 12th grade classroom with 23 students and fulfilled their holiday wish lists. The team shopped and wrapped the gifts for the students and then had the opportunity to hand deliver them. Spending time with the students and helping to brighten their holidays was truly a rewarding experience for the team.
NEW YORK CARES WINTER WISHES
The New York office participated in New York Cares Winter Wishes this year. Each year, New York Cares partners with hundreds of community partners, including homeless shelters and other deserving nonprofit organizations, to provide holiday gifts for disadvantaged children, teens, and families, many of whom would not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays.
The Black Mountain team donated 15 gifts for kids of varying ages this year. Searching for the perfect gifts and wrapping them together proved to be a very fulfilling experience for the Black Mountain team. We’re so glad to have helped put smiles on a few faces around the holidays.
SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK
In October, a group from our San Diego office spend the afternoon volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 400,000 people per month in San Diego County.
The Black Mountain volunteers packed over 3,000 lbs. of rice, potatoes, and onions for hungry families in the San Diego area. Others also contributed by donating 5 boxes of food items.
NEW YORK CARES DAY FALL
This fall, members of our New York team participated in New York Cares Day Fall. New York Cares Day Fall is New York City’s largest hands-on volunteer service day. In 2014, nearly 4,000 volunteers took to 70 public schools throughout the five boroughs to paint, garden, and celebrate our city’s schools. New York Cares Day Fall is a critical service day for public schools, and also serves as a fundraiser for New York Cares.
The team spent a cold Saturday at PS 335, an elementary/ junior high school in Brooklyn, helping to clean and organize old books and accumulated trash.