Waterbury (August 21, 2012) — On Friday, August 17, attorneys and staff at Carmody & Torrance came into the office an hour early armed with aprons and supplies to prepare brown bag lunches for the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries’ (GWIM) Soup Kitchen. Groups of volunteers were responsible for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assembling the bags. Each brown bag contained a sandwich, a juice box, and a healthy snack.

The project was organized by the firm’s women’s initiative, Women@Carmody. Co-chairs Isa Squicciarini and Jen Calcagni delivered the 250 bagged lunches, which were enough to fill a large SUV, to St. John’s Church on the Waterbury Green just before noon on Friday. Barbara Dublin, Executive Director of GWIM, was there to receive the bags, saying simply, You saved us.

Barbara and her team hand out the bagged lunches on Sunday mornings across the street from St. John’s Church. GWIM also runs a soup kitchen that serves mid-day meals six days a week and manages a food pantry that provides families with an emergency supply of groceries once a month. In addition, the organization offers assistance to individuals and families in need of clothing, shelter and health care. GWIM opens its doors and offers its services to anywhere from 200 to over 600 people daily.

When we met with Barbara at the GWIM, we took a tour of their facilities and were told that the Sunday brown bag lunches were their greatest need at this time, said Calcagni. Not only did this project enable us to fulfill that need, but it gave our firm a way to participate together in a cause close to our hearts. Women@Carmody regularly partners with local organizations to create volunteer opportunities for firm employees and area professionals. Anyone wishing to get involved with GWIM can contact Barbara Dublin at 203-757-7734.

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