HFA Cares Day 2022
Holman Frenia Allison’s (HFA) first annual HFA Cares Day, organized by the Firm's Social Committee, took place November 4, 2022. The firm of over 60 employees including accountants, auditors, and advisors volunteered at five different locations: Fulfill Food Bank of Neptune, The Beat Center in Toms River, Open Door in Freehold, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore in Barnegat, and Project Seeds of Service in Brick. The entire afternoon was dedicated to giving back to the community.
Fulfill of Neptune
A large group of volunteers from the firm visited Fulfill Food Bank in Neptune to assist in sorting and distributing food donations. Fulfill's mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and to make sure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life. Lauren M. Holman, the Lead Partner in the Not-for-Profit Audit and Attestation at HFA, has served on the Board of Trustees for Fulfill of NJ for several years and is the current chair. You can help Fulfill Food Bank in a multitude of ways such as donating funds, donating food, volunteering in their facilities, and most especially, advocating for your neighbors by speaking out. Learn more about the Fulfill Food Bank here.
The Beat Center
Another group of volunteers headed to "The B.E.A.T. Center" (a partnership of Fulfill, the Peoples' Pantry and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen) to assist in stocking and food distribution for families in need. The B.E.A.T. Center stands for Bringing Everyone All Together and is a hub for a wide array of community services that ultimately help end the cycle of food insecurity. These free services include assistance with food, housing, utilities, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, SNAP, health insurance, tax prep and job skills. You can learn more about The B.E.A.T. Center - Fulfill NJ here.
Open Door in Freehold
Another selected location of service was Open Door in Freehold. The HFA staff put in a lot of hard work through deep cleaning, power washing, and overall organization of the facility. Freehold Area Open Door is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to help out those who are the most vulnerable by assisting in food distribution. Aside from food distribution, the organization also helps clients with rental and utility assistance, after school and scholarship programs, birthday and holiday gifts, senior programs, and delivery services. Learn more about Open Door of Freehold here.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
The staff were also fortunate enough to have the chance to help paint camping shelters and grills at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's Camp Amity Acres in Barnegat, NJ. Lauren M. Holman is a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, Sarah M. Snell, Chief Operating Officer, serves as a Community Treasurer and local scout leader. The organization is devoted to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who can ultimately make the world a better place. Learn more about how to help the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore here.
Project Seeds of Service
The final group of volunteers spent the day helping out at Project Seeds of Service in Brick. This organization is focused on improving the process of receiving assistance and increasing access to resources in times of adversity or need. The organization centers itself around three core services: community outreach, sustainability, and development. To learn more about Seeds of Service, click here.
Overall, the staff was able to help serve 241 families in Neptune, create 900 lb. pallets of pantry boxes in Toms River, paint seven camping shelters in Barnegat, and much more. HFA is tremendously grateful for this opportunity and thankful to all the organizations that welcomed us in with open arms.