Last week, Chartwell participated in a firm-wide charity activity in support of Feeding America. Our Dallas team spent an afternoon volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank, while our Portland office collected food donations for the Sunshine Division, and our Minneapolis team packed food for Second Harvest Heartland. The purpose of these volunteer events was two-fold: to support Chartwell’s charitable mission to help make the world a better place to live and also to honor the legacy of Mark Gehrig, who passed away earlier this year and was a true friend of the firm.
“Mark was a man of integrity and character. He always did what was right and he did it in a respectful and courteous manner,” said Paul Halverson, CEO. “Spending this day supporting an organization that Mark and his family have believed in for a long time was exactly what we all needed to come together as a team.”
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Together, they provide food and support to over 40 million people annually. Feeding America has a vision of an America where no one is hungry.
Second Harvest Heartland works to end hunger through community partnerships and leverages its unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact throughout the upper Midwest. This year, Second Harvest Heartland is celebrating its 45th year in the fight against hunger.
The North Texas Food Bank distributes donated and purchased foods through a network of more than 200 partner agencies in 13 counties. The NTFB is committed to providing “Food for Today and Hope for Tomorrow” as it continues to work toward a vision of creating a hunger-free and healthy North Texas.
The Sunshine Division provides food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. It offers food assistance six days a week at its two locations, as well as 24/7 through its partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, which stores food boxes at each police precinct to be dispatched to people in need at any time. Since 1923, Sunshine Division has served 15,600+ households a year with “shopping” experiences. Sunshine Division also makes bulk donations of food to 15+ other food-relief agencies in five counties, extending its reach beyond the City of Portland.