Category : Communitas Awards

2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.

Communitas Awards Company: Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.
Title: “Free Wills for Heroes”
Location: Prineville, Oregon
Category: 3.1 Pro Bono

Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.First responders and veterans, along with their families, gathered at the offices of Stahancyk, Kent & Hook on Dec. 13, 2013, for Free Wills for Heroes, an event in which law professionals donated their time and expertise to help participants complete basic wills, power of attorneys and Oregon advance medical directives.

“The Wills for Heroes Foundation reports that 80 percent to 90 percent of first responders lack wills despite the perilous nature of their jobs,” stated the Communitas entry. “And with 3,419 veterans and 1,130 first responders, who respond to an average of 347,000 service calls a year, living in Central Oregon, the threat of mass familial instability in the wake of tragedy was too great to ignore.”

After SK&H shareholder Brad Miller and associate attorney Mercedes Rhoden-Feely volunteered at a Wills for Heroes event at Portland State University, the duo decided to bring the event to Central Organ.

With support from the Jefferson and Crook County Bar Association, SK&H hosted the event, which was the first of its kind in the mostly rural area, according to the nomination.

Every department at SK&H pitched in, with the Bend and Portland marketing departments creating promotion materials and administrative staff volunteering as set-up and tear-down team, notaries and greeters, among other things. After the event was over, the firm had donated 112 man-hours toward the cause.

SK&H’s support for the event is no surprise to those that know the firm. Senior shareholder Jody Stahancyk’s father is a World War II Army veteran, and her husband is a Korean War Navy veteran. The firm also employs two veterans and one active duty service member.

“In the end, we came away with a wealth of stories and new friends who convinced us not only that Wills for Heroes managed to tangibly touch the participants’ lives but [also] that our valuable work in this arena is far from over,” the nomination said. “As such, SK&H is fully committed to putting Wills for Heroes on as a regular event in the future.”

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2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Fireside Production

Company: Fireside Production Title: “Fireside Day of Service” Location: Denver, Colorado Category: 2.1 Organization’s Specific Program Even though Fireside Production, a small Denver-based video production company, held its first Day of Service three years ago, the firm has assisted the local community since its inception. “Giving back has been at the foundation of Fireside Production […]


2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Desmond Hunt

Individual: Desmond Hunt Title: “Technology Reaches Out” Location: Kissimmee, Florida Category: 1.5 Individual Participation Desmond Hunt lives by the motto, “The more you give, the more you receive.” So in 2007 when Pastor Maxwell Berkel at Mt. Zion Seventh-Day Adventist in Kissimmee, Florida, asked Hunt, owner and CEO of video production company Hunt Productions, to start a […]


2014 Communitas Awards: Jennifer Connelly Public Relations

Company: Jennifer Connelly Public Relations Title: “A Day in the Life” Location: New York Category: 6. Making A Difference Jennifer Connelly Interactive Productions, the production company of Jennifer Connelly Public Relations, created a pro bono video that takes viewers inside the lives of four families impacted by the work of Easter Seals New York, a […]


2014 Communitas Awards: Leaping Cowgirl Productions

Company: Leaping Cowgirl Productions Ltd. Title: “Absolute Favourite Fan Youth TV Show” Location: Calgary, Alberta Category: 1.1 Company Sponsored Volunteer Project Five years ago something inside Coralie Braum snapped. She was on a shopping trip with her eight-year-old granddaughter when she saw something unexpected: push-up bras in the little girls’ section of a department store. […]


2014 Communitas Awards: Energy Federation Inc.

Company: Energy Federation Inc. Title: “EFI Sustainable Practices” Location: Westborough, Massachusetts Category: 7.2 Green Initiatives In 1982 six nonprofit energy organizations created Energy Federation, Inc., to help the member groups and other organizations economically purchase quality conservation products. EFI’s mission as stated in its 2014 Communitas Awards entry is “to encourage people to use our […]


2014 Communitas Awards: Victaulic

Company: Victaulic Title: “Joining Communities” Location: Easton, Pennsylvania Category: 10. Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility Victaulic, world leader and innovator of grooved mechanical couplings, joins more than pipes; the company connects communities around the world. The organization’s corporate responsibility statement sums up their mission nicely: Victaulic “aims to be a good neighbor […]


2014 Communitas Awards: TIC – The Industrial Company

Company: TIC – The Industrial Company Title: “Overall Company Contributions to Our Communities” Location: Englewood, Colorado Category: 5. Community Service Active in many places, TIC’s community contributions are many. In 2013, the direct-hire, heavy industrial contractor donated more than $210,000 to organizations and families around the world. Let’s start with the TIC Cup, an annual […]


2014 Communitas Awards: Reliv International

Company: Reliv International, Inc. Title: “2013 Reliv Week of Caring” Location: Chesterfield, Missouri Category: 1.1 Company-Sponsored Volunteer Project In 2009 Reliv designated five workdays as its first “Week of Caring” to focus on giving back to nonprofits in the St. Louis area, where its international headquarters are located. During the Week of Caring, the nutrition […]


2014 Communitas Awards: One Vision Productions

Company: One Vision Productions Title: “Helping to Change Lives” Location: Clarkston, Georgia Category: 3. Leadership in Skills-Based Community Service When Forrest Tuff started his multimedia production company, One Vision Productions, in 2004, there was no doubt that the studio would be involved in the community. The entrepreneur feels a moral obligation to prepare children for […]