O’Melveny Gives Back
Community service has never been an afterthought at O’Melveny. The drive to do better, be better, and make the world better is part of our very fabric.
Throughout our offices, Community Involvement Committees identify and organize events, drives, and fundraisers to make a difference in our local neighborhoods and the world at large. These efforts can take the form of a firmwide donation-driven “jeans day” in support of a community hit hard by a natural disaster, preparing meals at a local soup kitchen, or participating in a beach clean-up. While the activities are ever changing, they always reflect the causes and issues that have touched our colleagues’ hearts.
In 2017, the firm launched the “Giving Back” program as a new expression of O’Melveny’s longstanding support for public service and volunteerism. This program allows employees to take one paid day off every year to volunteer with a nonprofit organization devoted to a cause that is important to them. For anyone who knows O’Melveny and its culture of caring, it will come as no surprise that staff have embraced the opportunity to give back, with close to 100 O’Melveny employees from around the globe logging in excess of 800 volunteer hours at more than 40 nonprofit organizations in the program’s first four years.
Giving Back: Volunteer Day at Downtown Women’s Center
David Morales, Kara Sommers, Danny Wong, Exsaul Chavez, and Lenny Tjendra volunteered at the Downtown Women’s Center, where they sorted donations, prepared lunch, and visited with clients during the course of a very special Giving Back day.
Giving Back: Volunteer Days with Heart to Heart
Volunteers from O’Melveny’s Shanghai office spent two full days volunteering their time and raising funds to help provide heart surgeries for children with heart defects.
Giving Back: Volunteer Day with Sean Casey Animal Rescue
MJ Devlin used her Giving Back day to volunteer at Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to aiding unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life.
Giving Back: Volunteer Day with Leonard G. Westhoff Elementary School
Lenny Tjendra spent her Giving Back day volunteering at Culture Night at Leonard G. Westhoff Elementary School, where the students shared traditional food, dancing, clothing, and music from their heritage.
Close to 100 O’Melveny employees from around the globe have logged in excess of 800 volunteer hours at more than 40 nonprofit organizations in the program’s first four years.