2014 Holiday Gives Kick Off


‘Tis the season to be jolly! The Martin Waymire annual Gives Project is back, and this year we’re excited to introduce the theme of “new beginnings.”

The Martin Waymire Gives project started in 2010. Instead of giving our clients gifts, we decided to embrace the true meaning of the season by giving back to charitable organizations in our community. We chose five organizations, and let our clients and friends cast their votes for their favorite charity. All participating charities received a donation, and the one with the most votes received the highest donation.

Martin Waymire celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and we have a lot of new beginnings to celebrate ourselves. We’ve welcomed several new staff members to the team in 2014, two employees had babies making our Martin Waymire family bigger than ever, and we proudly announced a new strategic partnership with Brogan & Partners.

We’re excited about all of our new beginnings at the firm, and want to support other organizations who are embracing a similar mission. That’s why we selected five local charities that are giving others a fresh start.

Our local charities for this year’s Project Gives are:

The Greater Lansing Food Bank which provides innovative initiatives to help those in need in our community such as The Garden Project and Lansing Roots.

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing a community based organization that provides individualized, customized service to women with a goal of achieving economic self-sufficiency. The mission of WCGL is to provide a place where women can participate in personal, career, couples or family counseling, receive comprehensive employment services, attend a workshop or support group, take a yoga class or talk to an attorney, all under one roof and on a sliding fee scale starting at $1. The Women’s Center never turns anyone away based on inability to pay for services.

The Potter Park Zoo provides many classes throughout the year, and often to audiences who may not have the financial ability to attend them. Through these classes, many are offered the beginning of an educational experience that sparks a larger passion for conservation, animals and the global impact on the environment.

The MSU LGBT Resource Center leads and collaborates on university-wide initiatives that enhance campus climate and support services for students who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender at Michigan State University. They serve the entire campus community by helping all students, faculty, and staff thrive in a diverse world by developing allies across difference. Their initiatives include scholarships, educational workshops, leadership development, and social programs. They also focus on people – building relationships, honoring the many identities of MSU’s students, and inspiring awareness and empathy. The MSU LGBT Resource Center believes the primary purpose of higher education is to unlock students’ unlimited possibilities, and that the collective efforts will further this end.

The VFW National Home For Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s veteran and military families during difficult times. The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war — mothers and children, brothers and sisters — could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn’t come home.

We’re asking you to cast your vote for your favorite organization. All of these are great groups who are working to make a difference in our community. All of them will receive a donation, but the one with the highest votes receives the most money.

Here’s to new beginnings, both at Martin Waymire and for these awesome organizations working to provide new start for others in our community! We hope you have fa-la-la- fun, just like we did selecting these groups!

Happy Holidays, and happy voting!