Our COO, Jim Chesemore, is doubly committed to Provail, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people with disabilities fulfill their life choices. He first became involved with Provail through the Pacific Northwest Insurance Council (PNIC), an industry group committed to advocacy and fundraising on behalf of Provail. Jim has served as co-chair of the golf tournament and auction, raising about $100,000 annually, for the past three years. Recently, Jim joined the board of Provail and, in addition to his PNIC responsibilities, will take on an expanded, active role in the organization’s future development activities.
While Provail serves both children and adults, their primary focus is working with young adults, often as they transition from school to work. The agency provides comprehensive, integrated programs that encompass many facets of people’s lives and effectively address a wide variety of needs for people with disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and learning disorders. Provail coordinates programs by working with schools, businesses, governmental agencies, and program and nurse care managers. According to Jim, needs can often be quite complex and require intensive help, but Provail’s programs make a huge difference in individual lives, providing people with the skills, training, and support to become more fully engaged in the larger community.
Parker, Smith & Feek is committed to being a good citizen and neighbor, and we encourage our employees to get involved in the community. Our firm supports Provail through an annual corporate gift and employee participation in the golf tournament and auction. With Jim’s expanded role in the organization—and his unbridled enthusiasm—some of us will undoubtedly find ourselves bidding on some big ticket items at Provail’s 2012 wine tasting and auction.
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