Baird Cares! Volunteers Visit LifeTown

It was not a typical day at the office for wealth management teams from Baird in Birmingham. Jay Godfrey, branch manager, took on the role of a police officer during a recent visit to LifeTown at Friendship Circle’s Weinberg Village. His job? To patrol the 5,000 square foot, true to life cityscape, making sure our visiting special needs students followed the rules for the road. Godfrey has fond memories of a previous visit where he was the “ice cream guy,” scooping ice cream and dishing out smiles.

“I think you get back a lot more than you give here,” he said. “It’s so heartwarming.”

Baird’s Birmingham office visited Friendship Circle in May during the company’s global initiative of “Baird Gives Back.” The financial services corporation supports and encourages its employees to go into their communities and make a difference. This was the second time the company chose to volunteer at LifeTown.
Baird Birmingham Office
“I saw the purple and white Friendship Circle stickers around town over the years,” Godfrey says. “It’s just fabulous here-the different sensory rooms, the village, the gym, Soul Studio and Soul Cafe – it’s truly a gem.”

While Godfrey was doing police work, his colleague, Jordan Rosenberg, was busy in the pet shop. Rosenberg’s in-laws are among Friendship Circle’s founding sponsors. His wife, children and other family members regularly volunteer.

“Friendship Circle does an incredible job in our community,” he said. “We feel it’s important to go beyond our role as financial advisors practicing wealth management to help people’s entire wellness. That means giving back and making a difference and we have a special affinity for this organization.”

The group also visited other local nonprofit groups throughout the week. Rosenberg says it’s all part of Baird’s unique culture.

“For the 15th consecutive year, we’re listed among Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for,” he said proudly. “This is one piece of it-that we go beyond just the financial bottom line.”

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

We couldn’t do what we do with the love and support of our amazing volunteers. Interested in volunteering with Friendship Circle? We could use help in our Soul Studio, an art program and exhibition space dedicated to the creative growth and expression of adults with special needs. Our program runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to complete our volunteer application form or contact volunteer coordinator Maggie Egrin via email or by calling (248) 788-8600.

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