Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery actively embraces its commitment to the community in which we live and work. We do this through our people, our services and our financial contributions. To this end, we recognize some of the organizations to which we have most recently given our time and financial support.
The mission of the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is to end hunger in our community. The REFB acquires food and distributes it in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt & Del Norte Counties through its own food distribution networks. Our firm recognizes this essential commitment to provide the most basic human needs of our community, and has therefore made significant contributions to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, including its ongoing and annual capital campaigns. Richard W. Abbey has served on the Redwood Empire Food Bank Board of Directors and our managing partner Brendan M. Kunkle is currently serving on the Board of Directors as its President.
Schools Plus is a partnership of concerned parents, educators, and community businesses that have come together with the shared belief that co-curricular activities are not expendable luxuries in the education of our youth. Rather, they are vital enrichment activities that help to develop qualities of leadership, teamwork, tolerance, and perseverance that are the foundation stones of civilized society.
Our firm has made significant contributions to Schools Plus, and our partner Brendan M. Kunkle was President of the Board of Directors in 2014 and is a current board member.
United Way of the Wine Country brings the United Way concept of caring to Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. United Way of the Wine Country mobilizes the caring power of our community by providing leadership and collaboration with other nonprofits and funding to a wide variety of direct service programs.
Our firm has made significant financial contributions to the United Way of the Wine Country, and our partner Brendan M. Kunkle is a past President of the Board of Directors.
Legal Aid of Sonoma County helps low-income individuals and families with critical needs for shelter, safety, and income through crisis legal services. Its mission is to reduce the number of women, children and families in Sonoma County who are physically and emotionally abused, lack stable homes and lack the means to care for themselves. One of Legal Aid’s principal efforts is a domestic violence services program.
Our partner David W. Berry was a long-term board member of Legal Aid and served as President of the organization in 2005.
The motto of the Sonoma County Family YMCA is, “We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.” The Y seeks to enrich and enhance the lives of its members through programs which develop spirit, mind, and body.
The Y offers a wide variety of health and well-being programs, including educational and supportive after-school activities for children of working parents. The Y’s summer youth activities include an adventure camp and specialty camp. The Y also has developed a program called Healthy Family Home, which seeks to support family efforts to be healthy in ways that are both fun and practical.
Our firm has made significant contributions to the Y, and Richard W. Abbey is a long-term member of the Board of Directors. He served as President of the Sonoma County Family YMCA in 1998-2001. Our partner, Trevor Codington, currently serves on the Board of Directors.
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County supports and encourages volunteer effort in all phases of life in Sonoma County. The Center places volunteers in appropriate nonprofit positions and assists other nonprofits in all aspects of their service to the County.
Our firm has been a substantial benefactor of The Volunteer Center for many years. We have been a strong supporter of the Sonoma County Secret Santa Program and most recently the Human Race. Our partner Patrick W. Emery is a long-term member of The Volunteer Center Board of Directors and served as President of the organization in 2005 and 2006. Our Associate Attorney, Michael Wanser, currently serves on the Board of Directors.
The Sonoma County Bar Association serves over 1,400 lawyers who live and work in Sonoma County. Its mission is to enhance professionalism in the legal profession, serve the Sonoma County community and support and improve the civil and criminal justice systems. All of our lawyers are members of the bar association.
Patrick W. Emery, Richard W. Abbey, Lewis R. Warren, and Michell B. Greenberg are all Past Presidents of the Sonoma County Bar Association. Mitchell B. Greenberg currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Our partner, David W. Berry is the Real Property Law Section Chair and Board Representative to the bar association. Also, our partner Trevor M. Codington is the Business and Intellectual Property Law Section Chair and Board Representative.
10,000 Degrees is an organization primarily serving Marin and Sonoma Counties, helping rising high school seniors from low-income families get into, and graduate from college, enrolling at either four-year schools or local community colleges. The organization supports these students initially by educating them as to their secondary school opportunities early in their high school years, adult mentoring, assistance in the college application process, and scholarship money, both from 10000 Degrees and accessing government and private scholarship funding sources. Mitchell B. Greenberg has served on the Sonoma County Advisory Board for 10000 Degrees for years.
Community Foundation Sonoma County believes in the power of connecting people, ideas, and resources to benefit all who live here. They invest in the promise of Sonoma County by facilitating:
- Connections: Partner with donors and professional advisors to build resources that create long-term philanthropic solutions.
- Stewardship: Fulfill the charitable legacies of our donors by supporting a diverse cross-section of effective nonprofits.
- Solutions: Convene individuals and organizations to stimulate new ideas, foster collaborations, and strengthen community philanthropy.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Fair Foundation, Patrick W. Emery was instrumental in the capital campaign to bring Saralee Kunde’s dream for a center for agricultural education in the building of Saralee & Richard’s Barn at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County ensures the safety of 6,000 youth in Sonoma County by providing over 150 programs that allow kids to achieve academic success, choose healthy lifestyles and develop good character. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County also serves over 500,000 meals so that the most basic needs of Sonoma County’s youth are met. Our firm makes significant financial contributions to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Also, our partner, Elizabeth Fritzinger, serves on the Board of Directors.
Supporters of Local Causes:
- Sonoma County Fair
- Junior Livestock
- FFA/4-H Support
- Community Foundation Sonoma County – Secure Families Fund
- Family Justice Center
- Listening for a Change
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Social Advocates for Youth
- CHOP’s Teen Center
- Amicus Law Library
- Disability Services & Legal Center
- Various Project Grad Events
- Youth Sports Sponsors