At Moss & Barnett, we are committed to giving back to the communities that have given so much to us. We serve through our leadership of the bar, our provisions of pro bono legal services, and our participation in numerous charitable and faith-based institutions. We also provide financial support to diverse civic, religious, social action, and cultural organizations around the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.
In addition to our wide-ranging charitable work, we strive to increase access to legal services for underserved communities. Our lawyers play leading roles in Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, The Fund for Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation. We also routinely serve on and hold leadership positions in numerous bar committees and organizations, including the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards and the Fourth District Ethics Committee.
In 2017, Moss & Barnett launched M&B Cares, a firmwide initiative that supports and coordinates our team’s volunteer work. The M&B Cares committee collaborates with a variety of civic, charitable, and other community service organizations to help our team better serve the community. M&B Cares is committed to benefitting a different cause at least quarterly by providing volunteers for projects along with financial contributions.
To date, M&B Cares has supported the following organizations:
Feed My Starving Children
Twin Cities Walk for Water in support of Water Mission
Community Emergency Services Neighborhood Food Shelf
Happy Hour Squared
Military care packages twice per year
Ronald McDonald House Cooks for Kids program
Hope Academy back to school backpack drive
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
House of Charity
The Salvation Army
Moss & Barnett lawyers and staff also contribute on a routine basis to other organizations by providing food, clothing, and other necessary items in addition to donating their time directly.
“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 Jane Aune Deach, a director on Moss & Barnett’s board of directors and chair of M&B Cares. She serves on the M&B Cares committee with paralegal Joe Avechuco, legal assistant Karen Berg, paralegal Shelly Doerr, lawyer Jeff Waldron, and business development director Shannon Wiger.
- 2018 Out of the Darkness Community Walk09.16.2018
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.
- 2018 Twin Cities Walk for Water09.15.2018
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.
- Hope Academy School Supply Drive08.14.2018
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.
- Breaking Free Annual BBQ07.28.2018
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.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest06.28.2018
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.
- Care Packages for 4th Expeditionary Medical Unit05.09.2018
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.
- Happy Hour Squared04.19.2018
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.
- Community Emergency Services Neighborhood Food Shelf12.01.2017
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.
- Timber Bay11.18.2017
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.
- 2017 Twin Cities Walk for Water09.16.2017
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.
- Love Somalia06.04.2017
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).