As Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. (TBC) entered its 45th year of service, the shareholders and associates wanted to find a worthwhile way to celebrate the business’s milestone. After some thought, the area’s largest CPA firm found its inspiration in an initiative that would pay homage to the community that the accounting firm has thrived in throughout the last 45 years.
“The idea for “45 Acts of Kindness” came about when we thought of ways we could demonstrate our appreciation to the many clients, business partners, and employees who have helped make TBC a successful CPA firm for the last 45 years,” said Managing Partner James Drislane.
Marketing manager Katie Farrow proposed that TBC perform one random act of kindness per day for 45 consecutive days, starting on July 15th and going through August 28th. These acts of kindness ranged from financial donations, to donating supplies, to TBC employee volunteer days.
Many of the organizations selected for the 45 acts were nominated by TBC employees, while others were charities that had needs that the Firm could help with by hosting a drive for donated goods.
“With such a diverse and wide range of recipients, our acts of kindness touched all kinds of people and organizations. Employees who suggested ways TBC could help nonprofits they were personally involved with made the initiative that much more meaningful for everyone,” Drislane added.
For example, Karen Foster, Manager of Pension Operations at TBC, nominated Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue as a recipient because she has volunteered with the organization for over 12 years.
“It’s important to work for a company who values its employees’ personal connections to community organizations,” Foster said.
In another illustration, Troy resident and TBC shareholder Katie Doran said she was delighted to participate in an employee volunteer day at the YWCA of the Capital Region, a few miles from her home. On that day, Katie and the TBC volunteers cooked and served a healthy meal to over 60 residents and community members.
TBC documented these acts of kindness through their social media platforms in hopes to help promote these organizations and their missions by tagging them in the posts. A full list of the 45 acts of kindness with details about the organizations can be found on the TBC community blog.