The Association of Washington Business today recognized 16 Washington employers that have made volunteerism and community service a priority for their businesses and their employees.
Association of Washington Business, formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,400 members representing 650,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org
This year’s recipients include small, medium and large employers from every part of the state investing in their communities by funding school programs and fighting hunger, providing medical and dental care for children and military veterans and giving countless hours of their employees’ time to volunteer activities. The awards were presented Tuesday May 10, 2011 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane during AWB’s annual Spring Meeting.
The AWB Community Service Awards are presented annually for projects that support education, youth organizations, community beautification projects, community organizations that help people in need or programs recognizing volunteerism. Special recognition is also awarded for projects that mobilize communities into action. Representatives from AWB member companies and organizations review all applications and select the final award winners.
The winners of the 2011 AWB Community Service Awards for each category are:
- First Fruits Marketing, Yakima
- Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane
HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED
- Autumnwood Dental, Artlington
- Rushforth Construction Co. Inc., Tacoma
- Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Tacoma
- Holland Partners Group, Seattle
PROJECTS THAT MOBILIZE PEOPLE INTO ACTION
- MacKay & Sposito, Inc., Vancouver
- The Daily News with Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging, Inc, Longview
- Haskins Steel Co., Inc., Spokane
- Landau Associates, Inc., Edmonds
- Weyerhaeuser, Federal Way
- Jonathan Rands, Attorney at Law, Bellingham
- National Frozen Foods Corp., Seattle
- Brown & Brown, Tacoma
- Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle
Jonathan Rands, Attorney At Law is a Bellingham DUI lawyer. Or depending on your word preference I am a Bellingham DUI attorney. I am a lawyer who focuses my practice almost exclusively to representing those citizens charged with the crime of DUI. The phrase DUI Lawyer or DUI Attorney is frequently met with disdain, or a grimace, or a scowl. I have seen them all when I meet someone new. I am not offended by people reactions, rather I like to spend time educating the person and remind them that it is right that everyone has to be represented when charged. This country is founded upon this idea. The ability to play a role in this is my privileged. Those who are shocked by what i do, are frequently surprised at what it means to be a defense lawyer. They do not always agree, but that is there is right. At least when we part company, if they still feel the same way they do so with full knowledge. As a result of this reaction it became my goal to change the way people think about lawyers in general, but at least criminal lawyers.
When I started my own firm, the dedication to community giving was simply a general idea and commitment. It was not well thought out nor well planned. I only knew that we wanted giving to be a part of my firm culture and something we were committed to doing each and every month. In doing so, I hoped that I could perhaps be apart of helping change the association that people have with the “word” and profession of “lawyers.” You may not like how i earn a living, but at least it allows me to give back. It was with this commitment to monthly giving that it came to our attention the need for both, youth and community giving, was great, and the opportunities to do so were very diverse.
As a result we earmarked funds every month last year to various Washington State non-profits but with a heavy concentration in Whatcom County. Supporting youth sports programs, fundraising for youth services by sponsoring auctions, and providing tuition by donation to summer camps for underprivileged children. This was our focus this year. In 2011, our goal is to double our giving efforts of last year. My hope for our future is to continue providing excellent legal services those charged with DUI and as a result continue to provide employment for my staff and have a continued positive impact upon those in our community who need it the most; Whatcom County youth.