BRC in the Community 2021

BRC in the Community 2021

By David Kaplan, CPA

As the holidays have come to an end and 2022 is beginning, we can all reflect on how the pandemic has impacted all our lives and how we hope to see things continue to get back to a form of normalcy. At the same time, it’s important to remember that there have been those less fortunate who may rely on the help of not-for-profit organizations to assist them.

During the pandemic, not-for-profits have had to think outside the box and look into virtual ways of fundraising and networking or providing potential volunteers a way to help remotely from their homes. Bernard Robinson & Company (BRC) has always strived to find ways to stay connected and give back to the community year-round and especially during the holidays. 2020 limited our ability, but we held virtual fundraisers of our own to benefit local organizations. Once BRC started re-opening our offices again in 2021, we wanted to get back out into the community in person.

For starters, we are thankful for our many team members who volunteer on an individual basis with not-for-profits that connect with their personal interest. As a firm, we wanted to find some initiatives to do as a group. In August 2021, we organized a school supply drive throughout our offices benefiting Classroom Central in Charlotte, the Guilford Education Alliance/Teacher Supply Warehouse in Greensboro, Learning Together in Raleigh, North Wilkesboro Elementary School, Old Town Elementary School in Winston Salem, and a back to school carnival supply drive put on by Holly Grove Advent Christian Church in Dunn.

For December, we wanted to help those who needed to put food on the table and asked our offices to organize a collection for local food pantries through either Feed the Carolinas or through local organizations such as A Simple Gesture in Greensboro. In addition to that, we were able to get a couple groups together and spend a few hours volunteering with other not-for-profits. One group of team members got to spend the day volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, while another group spent time at Backpack Beginnings in Greensboro, helping to put together bags of food for elementary school kids to take home on the weekends to ensure they get the proper nutritional needs.

We hope that in 2022, as people are more comfortable being in group surroundings, we can set up more opportunities to get BRC volunteering in person back in the community. Staying connected in the community is one BRCs core values, and something we take pride in.

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David Kaplan Partner, CPA

David is a Tax Partner in BRC’s Charlotte office. He is responsible for providing tax compliance and consulting services for a diverse client base. He has over 20 years of tax experience from working in public accounting. Prior to joining BRC in 2018, he was a partner in a South Florida firm. His expertise […]