In The CommunityAt Baker Newman Noyes we know that our strength as an organization correlates to the strength of the communities in which we serve. We are proud of our involvement in these communities. Our people work with charitable, civic and not-for-profit entities, often in leadership positions. One of the core values of the firm is personal commitment to those around us and the people at BNN exemplify that commitment. Employees are encouraged to volunteer at local organizations to benefit the greater good. Our community service blog shares with you the efforts of our hard working staff.
August 15, 2014
July 22, 2014
On July 18, nine BNN employees participated in a beach clean-up at Pierce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The event was a joint initiative between the BNN Community Committee and the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.
“We thought it would be fun to participate in an outdoor activity that also benefited our community,” said Sabrina Christian, audit senior and member of the Community Committee. “The weather was perfect and the tide was low, so we were able to make a full sweep of the beach and collect everything in sight that wasn’t supposed to be there. We were surprised by how much trash we acquired just from one small area, and were glad to be a part of this clean-up to help the Blue Ocean Society’s efforts in conservation and research.”
BNN volunteers included Community Committee members Marrissa Piro, audit senior, Doug DeLara, audit senior, Katie George, tax staff, and Sabrina Christian, as well as Maria Mann, audit staff, Lauren Tozlowski, audit staff, Kim Janelle, administrative assistant, Morgan Hilow, audit staff, and Ofir Campeanu, audit intern. The volunteers gathered approximately 37 pounds of trash from the beach in less than two hours, mostly consisting of glass pieces, and also including fishing lures, batteries, cups, and straws.
July 18, 2014
This summer, Baker Newman Noyes’ Portland office hosted a collection drive for the “Combat Summer Slide” literacy program, hosted by the United Way of Greater Portland. The goal of the program is to provide schools and partner agencies with the tools school-age children need to succeed in school. Through donations, “Combat Summer Slide” will offer reading opportunities for local children. BNN donated more than 150 books to the initiative, which will be donated to the Westbrook Bookmobile, a traveling free library.
BNN’s Cheri Lozoraitis, file room administrator, led the effort for the firm. “Literacy is a passion of mine!” says Lozoraitis. “Strong literacy skills improve children’s problem solving and communication skills and allow them to explore the world around them. I want every child to have access to books, regardless of their circumstances. I am so grateful to the United Way for developing this program and to Baker Newman Noyes for giving me the opportunity to be involved in something so deeply meaningful to me. Keep reading!”
“Combat Summer Slide” is part of a larger summer learning initiative, ConnectED, focused on improving kindergarten readiness, grade-level reading proficiency by third-grade, graduation rates, and higher education enrollment and completion in Maine.
July 18, 2014
Baker Newman Noyes is pleased to have sponsored the July 11 concert of the 2014 Great Waters Music Festival. The concert featured country music artist Gordon Lightfoot, five-time Grammy Award nominee.
Founded in 1995, the Great Waters Music Festival is dedicated to culturally enriching New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The annual summer concert series features a diverse program designed to appeal to a variety of musical tastes.
July 7, 2014
Through employee donations, Baker Newman Noyes has successfully raised more than $1,900 to send one child to Pine Tree Camp in Belgrade, Maine. The Pine Tree Camp was established in 1945 as a summer therapy outlet for children with disabilities. It has since evolved into a barrier-free environment offering fully accessible recreation to Maine children and adults with physical and/or mental developmental disabilities.
BNN’s adopted camper will join more than 600 other children this summer to make friends, enjoy the outdoors, and develop confidence and independence.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to support the mission of Pine Tree Camp and very excited to offer our camper, Nick, an opportunity to enjoy summer activities and to make some new friends,” said Lisa Varela, BNN charitable coordinator.
Started in 1936, the Pine Tree Society provides Maine children and adults with disabilities the opportunities and the means to create better lives for themselves and their families.
July 7, 2014
The Maine Jewish Museum held their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Celebration on June 22, celebrating those individuals who have made lasting contributions to our community and state. This year’s recipient is Kurt Messerschmidt, cantor emeritus at Temple Beth El in Portland. Messerschmidt led all Jewish music programs and coached generations of students at Temple Beth El from 1951 to 1985.
Baker Newman Noyes is proud to have sponsored this event and sends congratulations to Kurt Messerschmidt.