The lawyers of Moss & Barnett commit to community service in their leadership of the bar, in provision of pro bono services, and through participation in charitable and faith-based institutions. We also provide financial support to diverse civic, religious, social action, and cultural organizations.
We have played leading roles in Legal Aid, The Fund for Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation. In addition, our attorneys routinely serve on and hold leadership positions in numerous bar committees and organizations, including the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards and the Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee.
Moss & Barnett launched a firm-wide initiative in June 2017 called, M&B Cares.
Moss & Barnett employees have participated in a wide range of civic, charitable, and other community service organizations for many years. To encourage and recognize volunteerism, the firm will be organizing quarterly initiatives. Employees will be encouraged to submit nominations for organizations and activities for service by M&B Cares. The committee members are attorney Jana Aune Deach, paralegal Shelly Doerr, accounting clerk Nick Tautges, and attorney Jeff Waldron.
“We are very grateful for our employees who endeavor to improve the quality of life in our communities and are thankful to our firm for assisting with those efforts by providing its support and recognition to them,” said Jana Aune Deach, who will serve as the chair of M&B Cares and is also a director on Moss & Barnett’s board of directors.
Our first M&B Cares initiative took place on June 4, 2017, when Moss & Barnett employees, family members, and friends participated in the Feed My Starving Children’s mobile packing event, LOVE SOMALIA, held at the St. Paul River Centre. The group filled 46 boxes of food that will provide 9,936 meals (the event produced a total of 645,568 meals).
Inspired by the burden that millions of women and children bear every day walking an average of 3.5 miles to collect water that is not safe, Walk for Water in support of Water Mission raises awareness of the global water crisis. Moss & Barnett was pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Walk, and we walked in support of people around the world who have to walk several miles daily to supply water to their families.
Timber Bay seeks out kids in our midst who are too often overlooked. Some struggle silently in school; others act out in self-destructive behaviors. Timber Bay's staff develops long-term relationships with the youth they serve through a dynamic camping and community approach. On Saturday, November 18, 2018, Moss & Barnett employees, family members, retirees, and friends assisted Timber Bay with setting up 500+ Christmas trees for their annual fundraising event where 100% of the profits go to benefit youth in the community.
We are fortunate to live in a land of plenty, but there are so many of us who do not have enough – or anything – to eat. M&B Cares hosted a food drive throughout the month of November 2017 to donate food for the holidays to Community Emergency Services (CES). CES's Neighborhood Food Shelf is a critical part of CES's food programming, which had more than 80,000 client contacts in 2015 and distributed 516,000 pounds of food.
The Brave New Workshop Theatre (BNW) has partnered with Finnegans, Inc (charitable beer company) to reinvent happy hour, with the goals of feeding the hungry and serving the community. Moss & Barnett employees, family members, and friends participated in this innovative monthly event dubbed "Happy Hour Squared," held at the BNW's event centre in downtown Minneapolis, to make over 2,000 sandwiches that were handed off to Allan Law's MRD 363 Days Food Program to feed the hungry on the streets that night.
To show our support for the courageous men and women who serve our country, M&B Cares is adopting the 30 members of the 4th Expeditionary Medical Unit (4th EMU) which is currently stationed in Iraq. The members of the 4th EMU have been deployed to provide medical assistance to U.S. fighting forces on the ground in Iraq and Syria and to make arrangements for further medical transport to a permanent hospital out of country, if necessary. Additionally, they provide medical assistance to local nationals who have been devastated by the continued conflict in their country. The deployment is for nine months boots on ground.
M&B Cares will put together care packages with cookies, movies, magazines, books, office supplies, toiletries, and other items to be sent to the members of the 4th EMU throughout their deployment to let them how much we appreciate them and how grateful we are for their dedication and service.
Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest, in partnership with the community, provides a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness. Its four Twin Cities sites provide complimentary lodging, meals, and a community of support to families facing a child's serious illness, injury, or disability. Moss & Barnett employees and family members were honored to volunteer with the Cooks for Kids program to purchase, prepare, and serve a meal to the families at the Ronald McDonald House – Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minnesota.
Moss & Barnett employees and friends enjoyed serving a picnic lunch to the clients and families of Breaking Free at their annual barbecue held on July 28, 2018, at Newell Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. There were games and prizes for the kids and face painting, too. A good time was had by all. Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996. Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500 women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.
M&B Cares sponsored a school supply drive for the 11th and 12th grade students at Hope Academy, an inner city school located at 2300 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hope Academy is a diverse K-12th grade school with 74% of their student body being low income. The school is faith-based and the philosophy is powerful and effective, rooted in a premise of strengthening and engaging the family structure around the kids, and striving to break cyclical poverty to have a lasting impact.
Inspired by the burden that millions of women and children bear every day walking an average of 3.5 miles to collect water that is not safe, Moss & Barnett was pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the third annual Twin Cities Walk for Water. We walked to raise awareness of the global water crisis as part of our M&B Cares initiative.
Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention does not receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. M&B Cares was pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of, and also field a team of Walkers for, the 2018 Twin Cities Out of the Darkness Community Walk in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's lifesaving work.
The Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award
In recognition of the firm's philanthropic values, Moss & Barnett established The Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award. Each year, we recognized a firm member for her or his distinguished community service. The award included a cash donation by Moss & Barnett to the recipient's designated charity or cause, a recognition ceremony, and a commemorative pottery piece. The Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award was replaced by the M&B Cares firm-wide philanthropic initiative in 2017.
The firm acquired a special piece of pottery, created by Minnesota artist Richard Bresnahan and Saint John's Pottery, to commemorate the award. The pottery piece is displayed in our reception area on a wooden stand with a metal plaque on which are engraved all of the names of the award recipients.
The Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award has been awarded to the following individuals:
Kevin was honored for his service to Children’s HeartLink, Share a Life, and Habitat for Humanity. (Kevin (standing) is pictured with Paul Van Valkenburg (seated).)
Bill was honored for his service to The National Parks Conservation Association, Wallin Education Partners, Robert E. Fraser Foundation, the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, and the Southwest High School Foundation.
Chuck was honored for his service to the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and volunteer work at his church in a program focused on victims of AIDS.
Cheryl was honored for her service to Homes of Life and Home of Joy orphanages located in Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Jennifer was honored for her service to the Junior League of Minneapolis, Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange, Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and Fund for Legal Aid One Hour of Sharing.
Connie was honored for her service to Ready Program for Youth, Hennepin County Park Patrol, and other community groups.
Betsy was honored for her service to Camp Odayin, Junior League of St. Paul, Como Zoo, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Park Nicollet's Struthers Parkinson's Center, Feed My Starving Children, and Magic Pennies.
Jana was honored for her service to Mindekirken Foundation; Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church; the Dignity and Empowerment Committee of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights; Breaking Free; Loaves & Fishes; Feed My Starving Children; Ronald McDonald House; and Trinity School.
Marcy was honored for her service to Families Moving Forward, Temple Israel, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.