Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. April 2019

19 APR

Road to justice

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One of the pleasures of running a business is that it provides you with the opportunity to give back. We view that as both a privilege and a responsibility. After all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the wonderful people of Lexington and Columbia Counties. It’s only right that we do our part to help improve the community that has

Investing in Lexington’s Kids Is Investing in the Future of Our Community

given our practice a home.

Figuring out the best way to do that, though, is no easy task. There are countless awesome options when it comes to worthy charities and organizations to support. Narrowing down the list is tough, but it’s easier after you ask yourself what really matters to you. Nobody can contribute to every cause that’s near and dear to their heart — even Bill Gates has to make some choices about where his money goes — so you have to be judicious in where you choose to allocate your funds and efforts. For me, there are two important criteria that I want our outreach efforts to meet. First, nothing we support can be controversial. We serve clients from all walks of life with every political belief you can think of. It’s important that we support charities everyone can get behind. I wouldn’t want a client to call me up and complain that we’re sponsoring an organization they consider to be immoral. Luckily, meeting that stipulation isn’t much of a worry. The vast majority of nonprofits are doing unambiguously good work that only the zaniest dogmatists would take umbrage with. The second point is a little harder to meet, though it may not sound that way. I knew from the start that I wanted our efforts to make a local impact. While that may not seem a high hurdle to overcome, it’s trickier than it first appears. There are tons of great charities that host events in our area, but many of them are large national or international organizations. Their fundraising may happen locally, but you have no idea where your money goes once it’s sent off to the foundation.

“Figuring out the best way to do that, though, is no easy task. There are countless awesome options when it comes to worthy charities and organizations to support. Narrowing down the list is tough, but it’s easier after you ask yourself what really matters to you.”

doesn’t mean they aren’t doing good work— they are. It’s just that, in my particular case, I wanted to focus on a cause that hit a little closer to home.

When I discussed these ideas with my team, we realized that focusing on improving the lives of Lexington’s kids would satisfy our goals. That’s how we got involved with Lexington Kids’ Day. This year, we’ll be full sponsors at the event for the first time ever. All the proceeds from the event go to local children’s shelters. It’s also totally free for guests.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27, at Virginia Hylton Park, beginning at 10 a.m. Head to LexingtonKidsDay.com for more information.

We also help out locally by sponsoring a baseball team, the Gilbert Tribe, and by donating to the American Legion Scholarship Fund. We do this not because of any sense of mandate but because we feel it’s the right thing to do. These little guys and girls are the future of our community. Who wouldn’t want to invest in that? –Jim Snell

Now, don’t get me wrong; I encourage everyone to support the organizations that resonate with them. Just because your group isn’t local

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