Giving Back to Our Community
As a company that primarily services the legal industry, Aderant has always been impressed with the pro bono initiatives taken on by our clients. We believe that community service by members of our team is a worthy and noble pursuit, and we are pleased to support and enable our employees in service projects with such incredible enthusiasm. As a company policy, Aderant employees are offered an additional day off each calendar year to volunteer in their local community.
Global Day of Service
As part of a larger initiative to promote charitable work, Aderant encouraged all of its 450 employees worldwide to dedicate a full day of service in their respective communities in 2016. Each of the eight offices around the world selected a date, a charity and a project in which to support this effort.
With four offices in the United States, two each in Europe and Australia, plus one in New Zealand, Aderant employees enthusiastically supported the initiative and donated their time and talents in a variety of disciplines including toys for kids during the holidays, helping fight hunger, and improving conditions at community parks.
In the home office in Atlanta, for example, employees set aside October 19 as their Day of Service to help the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a variety of projects including boardwalk repair, greenhouse cleaning, garden planting, and trail clearing and cleanup. “We try to do something different each year,” said Stephanie Buback, Aderant’s Global Director of Human Resources. “The Chattahoochee Nature Center was perfect because they value being part of the community’s educational, scientific and cultural life. With our headquarters in close proximity to the Nature Center, we felt it was a great fit for our Day of Service.”
Cristo Rey Integrated Education Program
For the past two years Aderant has partnered with Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. The partnership is a corporate work-study program geared specifically for students from lower-income families in order to help overcome financial and social obstacles to educational and professional opportunities.
Cristo Rey Atlanta is one of a network of 32 college preparatory schools across the country dedicated to providing students a unique four-year, integrated work-study experience that prepares them for success in life and in their communities. Funded by corporate donations, tuition is covered for students who attend traditional classes four days a week, and work as interns in a corporate setting one day a week.
The work-study program mirrors the traditional school year, meaning four Cristo Rey students commit to working at Aderant one day a week from August 2016 through May 2017. The students consist of two high school freshman, one sophomore and one junior.
“Cristo Rey Atlanta is thrilled with the partnership we have with Aderant,” said William Garrett, Cristo Rey Atlanta President. “Aderant treats our students as an important part of their workforce, providing meaningful work and expecting high quality performance from our students. This partnership with Aderant not only offsets about sixty percent of the cost of education, it also provides our students with experience and learning that simply can’t be replicated in the classroom. Aderant is truly changing the lives of our students.”
The Cristo Rey approach to education has proven successful with one hundred percent of its graduates being accepted into college. That is a mission Aderant is proud to get behind and support.
Aderant’s annual Momentum Conference is hosted in a different city each year. In the host city, Aderant donates a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
At the 2016 conference in Atlanta, a dueling pianos event saw attendees tip the musicians for requests. Aderant matched the total amount of tips and donated the funds to the Atlanta Mission.
At the 2017 conference in Chicago, Aderant partnered with the ITW David Speer Academy, a charter school that offers a STEM-focused education to underserved Chicago youth. Donations were made to help fund the “Summer of a Lifetime” program which sends high school students to summer academic enrichment programs on college campuses nationwide.
“Most of my spare time away from the office is spent volunteering for one of these great organizations. Good Mews is a cage-free, no-kill cat shelter in Marietta, Georgia where I’ve volunteered for 9 years. I serve on the marketing committee as the Facebook Live face of Good Mews, write fundraising letters, and work as a shift leader for a team that cleans the shelter and cares for the cats. We just built our own, brand new building where as many as 100 cats live in open, light-filled spaces and have a safe place to wait for the right forever home. The program I write for is called “Kitty Keeper” and you can learn more about it in this video that embarrassingly features me – LOL!”
“Also locally, I foster, promote adoptions, and fundraise for Doggie Harmony -a small foster-based multi-breed rescue. Many of these dogs are rescued from high-euthanasia rate shelters here in the South, and find great homes in the Northeast where spay and neuter laws are stricter. These two cuties in the photos are ones I helped get adopted in New England.”
“Best Friends Animal Society is a national organization that both has their own incredible sanctuary, but also partners with local shelters (like Good Mews) to help with adoption promotions, best practices, etc. They are truly an amazing organization that I’ve been lucky enough to volunteer with locally, and at the sanctuary in Utah.”