Ropes & Gray does extensive work in the community though attorney participation in pro bono projects, but our community involvement doesn't stop there. Our staff and attorneys collaborate on a number of community service projects, some of which we highlight here.
Back to School Backpacks
This year, the Ropes & Gray family sent 145 homeless children back to school with smiles on their faces! Volunteers bought backpacks and filled them with school supplies and a new outfit for the child's first day at school. Each backpack was customized to the particular child's needs. We heard back from the shelters that they were a huge success.
Last December, Ropes & Gray lawyers and staff collaborated on a holiday gift program for homeless children. Children, or their parents, submitted "wish lists" and the Ropes & Gray donors made every attempt to fulfill the children's wishes. Over 250 homeless children benefited from the program, and each child received a minimum of three presents!
For the last four years a number of Ropes & Gray lawyers and staff have participated in Power Lunch, which is a literary program that pairs volunteers from the business community with elementary students from the Boston Public Schools. Volunteers read to students over lunch once a week. This past year nearly 50 members of the Ropes & Gray community participated in the program.
Each year Ropes & Gray supports the mission of the United Way through an enthusiastic and dedicated team of lawyers and staff that leads the firm's United Way fundraising drive. For the 2001–2002 campaign, our fundraising efforts enabled Ropes & Gray to be the number one Boston law firm in United Way support. A traditional "Build Your Own Sundae" party is held in the firm's cafeteria each year at the close of the campaign to thank the lawyers and staff for their efforts and generosity on behalf of the United Way.