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.
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.
November 22, 2013
Baker Newman Noyes (BNN) is excited to announce that the 2013 United Way campaign had 98 percent firm-wide participation and raised more than $90,000 to benefit United Way programs and services. Every fall, the BNN United Way Committee hosts a campaign that features a series of events aimed at raising money for the United Way. The Committee kicked off the campaign with an all new BNN Country Store featuring homemade goodies and handmade items. The store raised $2,100!
When the Store closed, there was no rest in our quest to reach our goal. We headed right into planning our Live Auction featuring Tom Saturley from Tranzon Auction. The auction was a huge success helping us reach our goal and the employees enjoyed a great day of events.
“We are fortunate to have a team of very talented people who believe community service is an integral part of personal and professional growth and we could not be more proud of their community involvement as well as the success of the campaign,” says Lisa Varela, a member of BNN’s United Way Committee. “The generosity is humbling. Team BNN – You are #1!”
United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building block of education, income, and health.
October 4, 2013
On September 29, a group of 16 people, including seven BNN professionals, teamed up for the six-mile “Walk MS” event to raise awareness and resources for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research. The walk took place in York, Maine and was held by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. BNN’s team, “Abacus Rex,” raised more than $2,300 and was one of the top three fundraisers.
September 27, 2013
BNN’s Jacquie Lynch, risk and business advisory manager, and her six month old son participated in the International Rett Syndrome Foundation’s (IRSF) first annual Maine “Strollathon” to raise money and increase awareness about this neurological disorder. Lynch raised more than $600, and was part of a team that raised more than $1,800 to donate to Rett Syndrome research.
“My son and I walked in support of the daughter of close friends,” says Lynch. “Their three year old daughter was diagnosed with Rett syndrome just after her second birthday. Everyday, her family prays for a cure for her and all others affected by the disorder. It was such a privilege to participate in this event and help the IRSF get a little closer to finding a cure.”
September 9, 2013
Baker Newman Noyes, along with Bangor Savings Bank, CIEE, and Kemp Goldberg, are excited to once again be sponsoring the FORE Street Blood Drive. The drive will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 300 Fore Street in Portland. Please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to make an appointment.
Please join us and other community members on October 2 to help save lives and support the American Red Cross.