True charity is looking outward, not inward. To celebrate our 100th anniversary, Kaufman & Canoles is reaching out and donating funds to charities that give their time, enthusiasm and boundless energy to making a difference. We’re pleased to announce our January recipients—Children's Health Investment Program of South Hampton Roads, Jewish Family Services of Tidewater Inc., Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association Inc., The Peninsula Community Foundation, and The Help and Emergency Response Inc.—and we thank them for all the good they do in our community.

CHIP of South Hampton Roads

Children's Health Investment Program Of South Hampton Roads (CHIP) was nominated by Lauren Kadish, an Associate in the firm’s Health Care and Litigation practice groups. CHIP provides services in Hampton Roads for children through age six and expectant mothers in the focus areas of health improvement, school readiness and self-sufficiency. The program focuses on early childhood development for children living at, or near, the poverty level, particularly the first 2000 days. As a board member of CHIP, Lauren was drawn to the organization because of its unique model, working directly through home visitations with families to assess children for health and developmental issues. Families that are enrolled in the program benefit from in-home teams of registered nurses and certified parent educators that provide parents with easy to understand training, reference materials, and access to community resources empowering them to become experts on their child’s development. For more information, click here.

Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, Inc.

Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, Inc. (JFS) was nominated by Mary Beth Sherwin, a Member in the Health Care and Private Client Services practice groups. The JFS is an organization that accomplishes important work for people who are sometimes overlooked or marginalized, transforming our community and the lives of the people they support, providing a full spectrum of services to meet the health, education and welfare needs of Jewish families and the general community in Hampton Roads. Every day the dedicated staff at JFS provides help to someone without the ability to help themselves—from standing by someone’s side ensuring a hospital admission or filing an endangered persons report for someone missing in freezing temperatures. Established in 1946, JFS has a long-standing tradition of caring and concern for the community it serves. For more information, click here.

THYCA: Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. (THyCA) was nominated by Nicole DeNobrega, Collection Manager, in the firm’s Norfolk office. As a survivor of thyroid cancer, Nicole’s nomination of THyCA was a way to give back to an organization that provides essential tools to thyroid cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals. THyCA also supports research in support of a future free of thyroid cancer. Nicole hopes that, in part, her nomination will remind people to have thyroid screenings, as early diagnosis and treatment are so very important. THyCA was created in October 1995, as a network of services that link thyroid cancer survivors and health care professionals around the world. For more information, click here.

The Peninsula Community Foundation

The Peninsula Community Foundation (PCF) was nominated by Larry Cumming, a Member in the Commercial, Private Client Services, and Real Estate Strategies practice groups and Managing Director of the firm’s Hampton office. The PCF’s goal is to help citizens, government, and businesses imagine a better, stronger, more prosperous way of life on the Peninsula. Through their substantial support of strategic initiatives such as the conceptual design of Fort Monroe, helping launch the Early Childhood Initiative or by awarding scholarships, PCF is making a real difference in the community. When told of the successful nomination, Michael Monteith, CEO of PCF exclaimed “Wow . . . we are honored to receive your acknowledgement of our work!” We are honored to be able to provide it. For more information, click here.

H.E.R. Shelter, Inc.

The Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (H.E.R. Shelter, Inc.) was nominated by Carolyn Black, a legal assistant in the firm’s Norfolk office. Carolyn’s nomination was filled with compassion for the non-profit’s mission of providing safe and welcoming spaces for women and children fleeing situations of domestic or sexual violence, homelessness, or human trafficking. With locations in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, the work of H.E.R. creates a safe and prosperous future for all through awareness, services, and training for lasting change in the communities they serve. Olivia Smithberger, Crisis Service Director stated, “Unrestricted funds such as these are life changing for our organization. The funds can be used for a rental deposit, furnishings for a rental or clothing for the women and children.” For more information, click here.