The law firm Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C., is accepting nominations through November 17 for “Take Time To Give,” it’s primary community service initiative. The project donates $50,000 to selected charities, offers volunteer commitments, pro bono legal services, and exposure in the firms’ marketing and promotion materials for one year. This year, Mitchell Williams will select one nonprofit organization in Arkansas and one in Texas to benefit from its annual charitable giving program. Organizations that apply for Take Time To Give must have 501(c)3 tax status and must not have been the Take Time To Give primary charity within the past five years.
The Take Time to Give program was established in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the firm’s founding. The firm decided to give back to the community through the creation of this program, which asked every person in the firm to donate 50 hours of their time to improving the community. In honor of the firm’s 55-year anniversary in 2009, the firm decided to again celebrate its milestone through a community service initiative. It began choosing a “primary” Take Time To Give charity that would be selected annually, giving the chosen nonprofit $25,000, special volunteer hour commitments, pro bono legal services and exposure in firm marketing materials and advertisements for a year. That yearly contribution has since increased to a $50,000 donation. In addition to the primary charity, the firm also supports over 100 charitable and community organizations throughout the year through sponsorships, financial contributions, leadership and volunteer service.
Past Take Time to Give recipients include Project Zero, Fostering Hope Austin, Arkansas Foodbank, Northwest Arkansas Foodbank, Foodbank of Northeast Arkansas, Capital Area Foodbank of Texas, Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas, Reach Out and Read Arkansas, ACCESS Group Inc., Our House Shelter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Applications for the 2018 Take Time To Give program are available online here. Applications must be received electronically or by hard copy no later November 17, 2017, at 5:00 pm.