Since 1995, over 600 Santa Ana high school students have been placed as interns at Orange County law firms and law-related businesses. Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firm) provides low-income, minority high school juniors a hands-on summer internship. The program is run by the Orange County Bar Foundation in partnership with the Orange County Chapter, Association of Legal Administrators.
Wesierski & Zurek LLP is a proud sponsor of this worthwhile program that gives opportunity to youth that other wise may never consider working in a professional environment.
OC Bar Foundation Charity Bowling Event
Wesierski & Zurek LLP is a proud sponsor of the Orange County Bar Foundation’s SHORTSTOP program. SHORTSTOP was formed over 30 years ago with a mission to keep at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling and mentoring. Since then, the program has diverted over 30,000 youth from the juvenile justice system. In order to further its mission, the OC Bar Foundation holds a number of charitable events each year. At a recent charity bowling event, attorneys and staff from Wesierski & Zurek stood out in the crowd in their signature W&Z shirts.
Adopt A Family
When Wesierski and Zurek began twenty years ago, the founding partners envisioned a firm that left a mark on society far beyond its legal services. Since then, W&Z has been committed to strengthening the community by working to improve the lives of those less fortunate. By promoting annual charitable efforts, W&Z has built a conscientious team of dedicated employees with a passion for humanity.
Implemented in 1990, W&Z’s annual Adopt-a-Family program assists numerous families in the community who face increasing adversity due to circumstance beyond their control. Every holiday season, employees collect necessary household items and other gifts that are later delivered to the families anonymously through a local church.
W&Z employees have also worked continuously with the Ronald McDonald House in both Orange and LA county by raising donations and increasing the quantity of volunteers.
Recently, the firm has been aiding a local family by purchasing tamales on a regular basis. After the husband became disabled and could no longer work, the wife began making tamales for extra money, working frequent sleepless nights in order to perfect these dishes that have become a valued W&Z staple.
In addition to its regular programs, W&Z often goes the extra mile by taking on special projects, where employees go out into the community and help to raise funds or volunteer with local and international charities.
OC Bar Cycle
The Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators hosted an event at Bill Barker Park in Irvine in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. With 150 riders participating with our very one Team W&Z, Garrett Jensen, Josiah Walker, Michael Driscoll and Jessica Daugherty participated in the 20-mile fun ride around Newport Beach. The event raised $12,500 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and was held in honor of the late David Brezina, past national president of the Association of Legal Administrators.
Susan Komen – Race for the Cure
In July of 2003, the longest-employed member of the W&Z family, Karen Borges, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, W&Z has sponsored numerous teams to take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In September of 2006, after Karen was cancer free, she was honored by sixteen W&Z employees through their team “Karen’s Krusaders,” and they raised over $750 for breast cancer research.
During the summer of 2008, W&Z began a supply drive for orphans in Africa. Employees collected much-needed items such as baby formula, vitamins and medicine, in addition to clothes, toys and books, and the firm shipped the packages to a port in Sub-Saharan West Africa. Once they arrived, the boxes were met by a W&Z employee, who hand-delivered the donated items to orphanages in Ghana and Togo. Many of the children receiving the donations had suffered unimaginable hardships such as war, famine and disease, yet for a brief moment in time, they were connected to people at W&Z who truly cared.