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United Way is there to help

December 8, 2005


Since the founding of our law firm in 1895, we have believed in supporting the health and welfare of our community.

More than 100 years ago, George Bacon was a founder of the Springfield Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Springfield Legal Aid Society, and today our firm’s 100 employees continue to carry on that tradition. We care about our community and that’s why we support United Way.

United Way allows many deserving agencies to benefit from a combined request for funding by our company and its employees, and we feel good knowing that our donations will be managed with integrity and distributed in a professional manner.

United Way helps develop and monitor important programs for us to fund. Then United Way’s Allocation Committee ensures that our donations are allocated to the most effective programs, and monitors the results to make sure that the funds help meet the goals that were proposed by the agencies.

With offices in Springfield, Westfield and Northampton, our firm believes that the Pioneer Valley is a great place to live and work. However, we also know that life has many unexpected twists and turns. When someone within our family is confronted with a problem, we know that the United Way’s FIRST CALL information service is only a phone call away, and that a referral to the best source of help will be made to the caller.

We all face problems with elderly parents, sick family members, disaster relief, loneliness and depression, the need for quality after-school programs for our children, among other issues, and United Way has proven itself to be the organization that fosters the best interests of our local community in supporting those services.

No one can predict whose house will have a fire, whose parent will need medical care, whose spouse needs to flee an abusive relationship or whose child needs a safe haven after school, but we do know that our investment in the United Way campaign ensures that solutions will be there when the need arises. United Way manages the human service needs of our community with integrity and innovation.

For these reasons, Bacon & Wilson proudly supports United Way. Attorney Michael B. Katz is a shareholder in Bacon & Wilson PC, where he has practiced business and healthcare law for 31 years. He is a member of United Way’s Board of Directors and a past chairman of the Professional Division of the United Way of Pioneer Valley Campaign.

by: Michael B. Katz, Esquire

December 7, 2005