Fredrikson & Byron has a long history of encouraging community participation by all of its employees, and many of our employees, both lawyers and staff, share a commitment to provide voluntary services to their communities.
These services, although too numerous to list, include everything from tutoring students in math, reading, and composition, serving on local community boards, fundraising for charitable events, and raising awareness of the arts, to visiting seniors in nursing homes or bringing food and companionship to homebound senior citizens.
Additionally, Fredrikson gives each employee paid time off to volunteer for firm-sponsored community service programs such as rehabilitating or building homes through Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, serving meals at Sharing & Caring Hands, or purchasing and delivering school supplies and gifts to homeless or orphaned youth and holiday gifts to families in need through our Friends of Fredrikson program.
We all live in a better world due to the effort, commitment, and time given by volunteers. We at Fredrikson & Byron are proud of the volunteer spirit of all of our employees. The following section outlines some of the firm-sponsored programs that our lawyers and staff participate in.
Community Service Project-The Bakken 2023
The rain we received earlier this spring forced us to reschedule our gardening project with the Bakken to last week, where a team of gardening novices, enthusiasts and experts assembled at the Bakken to help beautify its many green spaces. The Bakken features interactive exhibits, a medicinal garden, a collection of artifacts and STEM education programs. Community Service Projects are wonderful opportunities to meet new people, learn more about our partner agencies and to potentially acquire new skills. Our team of volunteers braved the humidity and were wonderful representatives of the firm. They were flexible, enthusiastic and willing to assist in any way possible.
Thank you to Diana Bospachieva, Joy Chaney, Jodi Gustafson, Erin O’Connell, Curtis Okerson, Beth Schiestl, Beverly Skulratana and Tom Snook for joining us and helping out!
Rehabilitating Low-Income Housing
Each year, Fredrikson & Byron employees volunteer to build or rehabilitate a house for a low-income family. Projects are coordinated through organizations such as Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Our volunteers enjoy working side-by-side with the homeowner whether to help them bring their homes up to code, make it handicap accessible or simply add some much-needed landscaping to stop water from flowing into basements.
Friends of Fredrikson Program
In 1994, a few employees got together and “adopted” one family through Hennepin County’s Social Services Adopt-A-Family program. The next year, the program was expanded to collect food for a local food shelf, and adopt two families. The program is called “Friends of Fredrikson.” In 1997, the Friends of Fredrikson was officially incorporated into a stand-alone nonprofit run entirely by employees of Fredrikson & Byron.
Friends of Fredrikson is an employee-run nonprofit whose mission is:
- To ease the economic burden of disadvantaged families and their children;
- To foster and promote the education of disadvantaged children in public schools;
- To provide food and clothing to, and encourage the wellness of, disadvantaged families and their children; and
- To do any and all other acts and things and to exercise any and all other rights and powers which may be necessary, advisable, desirable, or expedient in the accomplishment of any of the foregoing purposes.
Friends of Fredrikson collects and distributes gifts during the year, including:
- Holiday wish lists – adopts up to 7 families/40 people through Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Catholic Charities Sponsor-A-Family Program and Project for Pride In Living;
- Gift Certificates to Rainbow and/or Cub Foods – donates up to 50-$10 gift certificates to all sponsored families;
- School Supplies – collects, purchases, and distributes school supplies to St. Joseph’s Home for Children and Project for Pride In Living for their school programs.
We commit as an institution to something greater than ourselves.