Meyer, Unkovic & Scott kicked off its 3rd Annual Kindness Card Project on November 11, 2021. The project is an initiative developed by the firm’s Wellness and Diversity Committees to encourage the spread of kindness and appreciation during the season of giving and throughout the year.
Led by attorney Beth Slagle and Sheila Aul, 21 staff members along with guest painter, Leah Lizarondo, the CEO of 412 Food Rescue – the nonprofit which receives the proceeds – created 22 amazing paintings that were transformed into assorted holiday and general cards for every day use. All donations collected for the cards benefit 412 Food Rescue and its vitally important food distribution and food waste mitigation initiatives throughout the Pittsburgh region.
In its inaugural year in 2018, the firm’s initial goal was to sell 800 cards, but in only 10 days, all were sold. In total, more than 1,400 cards were sold, raising $3,800 for 412 Food Rescue. In 2019, the firm sold 2120 cards and raised $4,220. “The feedback that we receive on the cards, starting with clients, family, and friends, has been so complimentary of our artists. Each year the artwork gets better,” said Slagle. “It is just phenomenal to see the teamwork that goes into this project – everyone pitches in.”
The Kindness Card Project began with a simple concept – offering watercolor painting classes through the firm’s Wellness Committee to the staff as a method of having fun and reducing stress. The staff was anxious to get back to painting after working remotely. “Painting for a cause” continues to be embraced wholeheartedly by staff, attorneys, and the firm’s management committee, according to Slagle.
The firm also provides painting or other crafting classes throughout the year as part of its Diversity & Inclusion and Wellness Committees’ many initiatives to help reduce stress and foster a creative, team-oriented environment within the office and among staff and attorneys.
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About 412 Food Rescue
412 Food Rescue was founded as a direct response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger, and environmental sustainability. 412 Food Rescue’s portfolio of food recovery initiatives ranges from building technology and logistics infrastructure to creating new markets for products that redirect good food from feeding landfills to feeding people. To learn more, visit www.412foodrescue.org.