This past weekend, I volunteered with a group of Freed Maxick employees for our Firm’s contribution to the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) Young Professional (YP) volunteer week initiative. The initiative encourages young professional CPAs and employees of accounting firms across the globe to showcase their community involvement. Current participating firms have chosen a wide range of organizations, from homeless shelters and animal shelters to which they have personal ties, to school supply drives benefitting schools in low-income areas, to clean-up efforts in local parks, to helping at their firm’s not-for-profit clients.

For this year’s effort, Freed Maxick once again chose to dedicate time to Cradle Beach Camp, serving thousands of children with disabilities and those who come from some of the poorest sections of Buffalo and Western New York. The camp offers three unique programs that meet the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of each child while helping those children achieve their full potential in life.

While out in Angola, NY for the Cradle Beach Cleanup event, our employees helped clean up and beautify sections of the camp to prepare it for incoming summer campers. Freed Maxick had approximately 10 volunteers and while there we got to scrape and stain three decks and access ramps.

Cradle Beach states that their goal is to provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, self-worth and decision making in an atmosphere of love and self acceptance. The 58 acre camp is something I didn’t know existed, but when I got there, I was truly impressed with the facilities. There were ropes courses to work on team building, a huge tree house, a pool, and wheelchair accessible cabins. The tree house was especially impressive, and we got to go into it, using a long and winding ramp, so all campers, even those wheelchair bound, can go inside.

We had a great time, and it was fun to help out and see the facilities up close. We also had a great time helping out a camp that offers so much to so many local children who may not otherwise have the ability to experience the fun that is going to summer camp. Check out our photos on Freed Maxick’s Facebook page, to see how much fun we had this weekend!