Plante & Moran Staff Sends 500 Care Packages and $4,000 to US Troops
SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Staff members at accounting and business advisory firm Plante & Moran have spent the last 12 months collecting donations and sending care packages to US troops serving overseas. The firm has sent more than 500 care packages and raised $4,000 for 23 platoons in all branches of the military.
"This initiative to support our troops was part of our Plante & Moran Cares Program," said Bill Hermann, managing partner, Plante & Moran. "Each year the firm chooses a firm-wide community service project that reflects our “we-care” philosophy and complements the numerous philanthropic activities that staff participates in within their local communities."
As a first step in its initiative to support the US troops, the firm chose platoons to support by reaching out to staff and clients to identify family and friends serving overseas. Throughout the year staff made generous donations of food, games, and toiletries and the firm covered the cost to ship these items to the platoons.
In addition to the care packages, Plante & Moran also held fundraising events that raised $4,000 for adopaplatoon.org. A pie throwing contest, in which staff had a chance to throw pies at partners, raised more than $1,000. In addition, when Plante & Moran staff members were offered a gift card to celebrate the firm’s 11th year on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For”, more than half of the staff opted to pass on the gift card and donated the money to adopaplatoon.org, amounting to a donation of almost $3,000.
The 2009-2010 Plante & Moran Cares project is to work with local food banks and soup kitchens throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois to collect can goods, serve meals, and provide help needed in other areas.
Plante & Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with financial, human capital, operations, strategy, technology, and family wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,500 professionals in 20 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Shanghai, China. Plante & Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE Magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.