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 encourages all of its more than 500 employees worldwide to dedicate a full day of service in their respective communities. Each of the eight offices around the world select a date, a charity and a project in which to support this effort.
With three offices in the United States, two each in Europe and Australia, plus one in New Zealand, Aderant employees enthusiastically support the initiative and donate their time and talents in a variety of disciplines including toys for kids during the holidays, helping fight hunger, supporting foster child initiatives, and improving conditions at community parks.
In the past few years, employees in the home office in Atlanta have volunteered at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Foster Care Support Foundation.
“We try to do something different each year,” says Stephanie Buback, Aderant’s Global Director of Human Resources. “At Aderant we value being part of our community’s educational, scientific and cultural life, so our annual Day of Service gives us the opportunity to do that, while also providing charitable work for worthy causes.”
Atlanta Mission 5K Road Race
On February 17, 2018 Aderant had 25 employees, friends and family members who signed up to participate in the race to “run in the cold, for those who sleep in the cold.” The 2018 event raised $337,000 toward this worthy cause.
Cristo Rey Integrated Education Program
Since 2015 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 through May.
“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.
At the 2018 conference in Denver, some of the attendees were actually puppies that helped encourage donations to the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center.
Employee Spotlight: Kara Oleniczak
“I’m staying at My Sister’s House.”
That may sound like a normal response when asked where you live, but for some Atlanta residents, it means so much more.
For Aderant Executive Assistant Kara Oleniczak, it is part of her and her husband’s weekly routine. For more than five years, they’ve volunteered at the Atlanta overnight homeless shelter, My Sister’s House, every Tuesday evening. She and her husband care for the kids while the parents attend various training classes. Kara specifically cares for the babies and toddlers that live in the shelter.
Volunteering at My Sister’s House started out as a way to give of her time when she was younger and couldn’t give monetarily. After regularly attending with friends and seeing how much joy her time brought the kids, she kept coming back.
“Some nights it is easy to go, some nights it is tough, and I wonder if seeing them only once a week makes a difference,” said Kara. “But over time, you see that it does, especially when they know your name. You see that you are a constant for them and the moms when so much of their life is not constant.”
For the kids and parents staying at My Sister’s House, they don’t have to be embarrassed to say they live in a shelter. Instead, they simply say they are “staying at My Sister’s House.” Volunteers like Kara help make it a safe place for both housing and growth. Just as the kids grow, her caring spirit does too.
“Sometimes you have them in the shelter for a short time, and sometimes you have them for a few years,” said Kara. “It is bittersweet when they move out. It is good because they are moving out of homelessness, but sad because you get attached.”
Still, even when residents move out, Kara is eager to keep in touch with them. Those connections and the joy she receives from them is why she hopes to continue volunteering as long as she can.
“Watching them grow gives me joy,” said Kara. “Being there for them when they have so little is worth so much.”