At the Law Offices of Gary Bruce, we’re committed to making the communities we serve better places to work and live. That’s why we frequently participate with community organizations and charities in Columbus, Phenix City and surrounding areas.
We believe community outreach is about more than writing a check; it means taking active steps to make our neighborhoods somewhere we can all thrive. Our firm has a committee of staff charged with choosing charitable efforts that reflect our values. Much of our outreach involves helping children and promoting education, but we are always open to suggestions for additional causes to support.
Every year, we participate in events, fundraisers and other activities as a team. In this way, we’re able to build ties in our community while also strengthening relationships within our firm.
Supporting Education in Columbus & Phenix City
Our attorneys are passionate about making educational opportunities available to as many students as possible. We support education for local youth by participating in:
- Career days: Many local students have expressed an interest in the legal industry. Several lawyers from our firm have attended career days at Phenix City schools to inspire and inform the next generation of attorneys about their profession.
- Stuff the Bus: Our firm takes part in United Way’s Stuff the Bus program each year by collecting and donating school supplies for children in need. These supplies are put inside backpacks and distributed to children before a new school year begins.
- Maestro for a Moment: In 2018, attorney Gary O. Bruce participated in and won Maestro for a Moment, which is sponsored by the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. This annual event features a friendly fundraising competition between community leaders to help raise money for local music programs. Bruce believes in the importance of giving youth an outlet for creative expression, and he hopes to continue showing his support for this event in the coming years.
Safe Kids Columbus
Personal injury law is one of our firm’s primary practice areas. That’s why we’re proud to support Safe Kids Columbus, which helps prevent childhood accidents and injuries through education, awareness and planning.
Our firm sponsors Safe Kids Columbus’ Annual Helmet Giveaway. This event includes a helmet fitting, a bicycle safety lesson and a visit from Santa. Parents gifting bicycles, scooters or skateboards to their children for the holidays are encouraged to gift them a helmet and discuss safety tips.
To date, we’ve distributed nearly 10,000 helmets through the event and look forward to continuing our efforts in the future.
Caring for our communities means caring for the landscapes within them. Our public parks, lands and open spaces should be places we can all enjoy.
Trees Columbus is a nonprofit that plants, preserves and protects the trees lining our corridors and local landscapes. In the last decade, they’ve planted more than 15,000 trees throughout Columbus.
The Canopy Restoration Project is their most recent initiative, designed to revive urban forest canopy lost to development, disease and age.
We regularly support Trees Columbus’ annual fundraising events so they can continue working toward their goals.
M2540 is a nonprofit serving homeless in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. A group of our team members volunteer with M2540 around Thanksgiving, helping to distribute meals and clothing to those in need.
They say it’s a rewarding experience that reminds them to give thanks for all they have in their lives.
Our Firm’s Spokesdog
Sometimes bettering our communities means doing simple acts, like helping brighten someone’s day or making a person smile. The Law Offices of Gary Bruce has a furry team member for this reason.
Our spokesdog, Elsie, is a French Brittany who has a quiet but friendly demeanor. Next time you visit our office, say hello to Elsie. She’s a frequent visitor at our firm and is here to remind our clients, their loved ones and everyone in our community to slow down and make time for one another.