McCarter & English’s Women’s Initiative volunteers with Heading Home

Issue September 2010

The women of McCarter & English's Boston office donated their time and energy to local non-profit, Heading Home, on June 4 by participating in an Up & Out move, a program that assists individuals and families who are moving into their own apartments for the first time after being homeless.

Up & Out raises money, collects household donations and coordinates volunteers to clean, furnish and decorate the apartment prior to a family's move.

McCarter has an active Women's Initiative, whose mission it is to build positive relationships with colleagues, peers, clients and the broader communities in which its members live and work.

"McCarter has always maintained a connection to our local communities, and this move provided another invaluable opportunity for McCarter to give back. We wish the family well and hope that our services will give them the jump start they need to continue their courageous move forward," said Ashley Brooks, an associate in McCarter's Boston office and the co-chair of Heading Home's Outreach Council. She helped spearhead the move and volunteer effort for the firm.

McCarter & English's fundraising furnished the apartment and stocked the cabinets and refrigerator for the family.

Heading Home, a non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness in Greater Boston by providing housing in conjunction with effective support services to help change the conditions that create homelessness, is in need of additional volunteer groups. For information, contact Wendy Jacobs or (617) 864-8140 or go to