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In the past five years, Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG), a public accounting firm with more than 2,000 employees in 12 states, has donated nearly 3.8 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations through its Count the Cans initiative. This year alone, the firm donated 593,464 pounds of food and 12,020 pounds of pet food.

The two-week Count the Cans Campaign is held during the summer, when food banks have an increased need for donations to support children who normally rely on school meals. Serving families, individuals, the elderly and even pets allows everyone in the firm to participate through volunteering, donations or both. In addition to firm-wide initiatives, each office has different ways of fulfilling its corporate citizenship goals.

“It is great to be able to give back to the communities where we work  and live,” says Eric Willey, a senior associate in DHG’s metro D.C. region. “To see the impact we have at food banks is heartwarming.”

The Rockville, Md., and Tysons, Va., offices provided donations to the Manna Food Bank, Food For Others, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and For Otis Sake to help save animals from circumstances of abuse and neglect. The Tysons office also hosts a back-to-school drive for Alternative House and allows staff to wear jeans on Fridays for a $5 donation that is passed on to various not-for-profit organizations.

“It is our responsibility to continue to assist local families and animals through the missions of these wonderful organizations,” says Brian Carlton, managing partner for DHG’s metro D.C. region.

In Spartanburg, S.C., employees deliver Mobile Meals during DHG’s Count the Cans campaign and volunteer at The Carpenter’s Table Community Outreach Center. Staff members also volunteer at the Bethlehem Center at Thanksgiving and at The Hope Center for Children during the Christmas holiday season.

In addition to DHG’s collection of canned goods, dollars and volunteer hours for hunger relief organizations, the firm responded to the tragic Orlando shootings and West Virginia floods by extending the Count the Cans campaign another week and incorporating financial donations for the OneOrlando Fund and the American Red Cross West Virginia Region. The DHG Foundation offered to match employee and partner contributions, leading to a total donation of $36,742.

The firm also has raised $5,000 for the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day, $12,120 for the American Red Cross South Carolina Flooding Relief, $14,700 for the Palmetto Project’s Reverend Pinckney Fund, $779,000 for schools and $220,442 for non-educational organizations.

“I am proud to see our DHG team rally together around such great causes with such passion and energy,” says DHG CEO Matt Snow. “Supporting our communities is an essential part of our firm culture.” 

Joanna Masterson is senior editor of Construction Executive. For more information, email masterson@abc.org or follow @ConstructionMag.


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