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.
February 25, 2014
BNN professionals Marrissa Piro, staff, Douglas DeLara, staff, Sabrina Christian, senior, and Katie George, staff, recently formed a committee that is focused on serving our local communities. The committee will carry out its mission by participating in events and initiatives such as food and clothing drives and other volunteering opportunities.
January 2, 2014
The Baker Newman Noyes (BNN) Manchester office adopted five families from the Manchester Boys and Girls Club and provided them with gifts from their wish list for Christmas. The office was able to raise more than $2,000 for the initiative.
BNN Manager Jacqueline Lynch has led this effort for the past four years. “I have been involved with the club for 15 years and every time I walk through their doors, I’m overwhelmed with the powerful work that they do,” says Lynch. “I am so overjoyed that we are able to do a small part in helping these five families. I am also thankful for the generosity of the individuals at BNN who helped me make these families’ Christmas wishes come true.”
The Manchester Boys and Girls Club is a part of the New Hampshire Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. It serves the state’s youth, ages 6-18, by providing high quality programs and activities in five core areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness, and education. BNN Principal Jeff Wheeler is a board member for the organization.
December 20, 2013
BNN’s Portland office donated to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program by purchasing gifts for the children of the program and their siblings. This year, the office adopted two children from the Program and their siblings. Six children will wake up on Christmas morning with their wishes granted and the parents will have a surprise as well.
“When cancer strikes, the whole family is affected. The best we can do is help alleviate the stress and anxiety of the holidays will a little Christmas magic,” says Lisa Varela, BNN charitable coordinator. “Our team is filled with charitable hearts and we are so thankful for the opportunity to share with those in need of some cheer.”
The Maine Children’s Cancer Program provides treatment for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. The program is housed at the Maine Medical Center Scarborough Campus.
December 18, 2013
For the second year in a row, BNN participated in the New Hampshire Society of CPA’s (NHSCPSA) Young Professionals Committee’s “Toys for Tots” initiative. Isaiah Warren, tax staff, is a member of the NHSCPA and spearheaded the effort at BNN.
With donations from several New Hampshire accounting firms, the NHSCPA Young Professionals Committee was able to donate more than 125 toys, 50 of which were from BNN.
“I feel our involvement at any level is extremely important because I’ve worked with low income families before and witnessed how even the smallest of toys can make a child immensely happy,” says Warren. “I encourage anyone to do as much as they can for the needy families and children of their communities. I am so happy BNN was able to participate once again.”
“Toys for Tots” is a yearly initiative that is dedicated to collecting and distributing toys to children in need. The organization is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and operated across the country.
November 25, 2013
More than 330 people participated in the Girls on the Run-Maine Celebratory 5k this past Sunday, November 17 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. More than 150 of those runners were young girls from 3rd through 5th grades, representing schools throughout Southern Maine. For the past 10 weeks, the girls have been learning about self-esteem, fitness and teamwork, and building up to run this celebratory 5k, which was the finale of the 2013 fall season. Baker Newman Noyes is proud to once again have sponsored such a fun and successful event.
BNN Chief Operating Officer Sean Sinclair and Audit Manager Matt Vasil serve on the Board of Directors. “It was absolutely inspiring to see our community come together to support an organization with such a worthwhile mission,” says Sinclair. “Girls on the Run makes an incredible difference in the lives of the girls in our program, and BNN is very proud to support them. The joy on the faces of the girls and their families as they finished the race is unforgettable.”
This year, three BNN professionals participated in the 5k as “sparkle runners.” Donna Ryan, tax principal, Jennifer Horton, human resources specialist, and Remy Vazquez, tax staff, represented BNN at the event and acted as friendly cheerleaders throughout the race, encouraging the girls to the finish line.
“I was especially impressed with the overwhelming support of everyone at the event,” says Horton. “The Girls on the Run staff, the families of the runners, the volunteers, and most importantly, the runners themselves all made this a very special day for everyone involved.”
“Seeing the faces of the girls as they crossed the finish line was priceless,” adds Ryan. “I am honored to have been a part of such an uplifting event. It’s so important to promote healthy lifestyles and positive goal setting in young girls today – and that’s what this organization does. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a firm that makes contributing to our community a priority.”
Girls on the Run is a youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to help develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The Maine chapter was founded in April 2012.
November 25, 2013
Senior Manager Kristin Costa recently gave two separate presentations, all centered on helping entrepreneurs understand their accounting and tax needs.
The first of these, on October 8, was a class on “Accounting and Tax Basics” as part of a six-week series called “Create Your Own Job.” The series was targeted at unemployed and underemployed individuals in Boston who are interested in starting a small business. On Oct. 29 she presented on the tax implications of starting a business to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs from the Center for Women and Enterprise.
“These types of presentations and classes offer entrepreneurs a primer in business, accounting and legal basics,” says Costa. “The classes are full of great, helpful information, and I am very happy to be a part of them.”
The Center for Women and Enterprise’s mission is to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and to prosper through business and entrepreneurship.