Our team is good at what we do. But we also strive to do good in our communities and beyond. That’s part of the reason we reward the Warren Averett Asset Management team members who contribute personal time to charitable and community causes. Warren Averett Asset Management and our employees support numerous charitable, civic and community organizations. Many of these organizations are leading efforts, impacting causes and touching lives that hit close to home. A few of those stories are below.
Deciding to take a leap of faith, Josh Reidinger, President of Warren Averett Asset Management, and Jim Warren, a Warren Averett founding Member, made a plan to expand their commitment to Compassion International, a faith based organization that focuses on meeting the needs of children in poverty stricken countries. Together they identified a corner of the world where they would focus their efforts – Rwanda. Their efforts uncovered for many at Warren Averett an outlet by which they could impact children and connect the Firm with opportunities to share our success across the globe. Through Compassion International Josh, Jim and others from Warren Averett sponsor children with monetary support, and many have also made trips to the small community of Nyamata, Rwanda – taking donations collected by the Firm, and visiting the families of children Warren Averett has helped to sponsor. “I’m not sure that we haven’t been more impacted by the children, than they have been by us,” Josh says. The support for this cause continues to flourish, with 70 children being sponsored by individuals in the Firm.
Help in Haiti
Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere before a devastating earthquake struck in January of 2010. As a result of that catastrophic event, millions of people, including thousands of children were left homeless and without access to medical care. Because of their close proximity to Haiti, many churches in Florida begin to gather resources and make plans to send teams of volunteers into the country to address the critical needs. Through their Pensacola church, Larry Hicks, Managing Director and Member of Warren Averett Asset Management, and his wife, Marie took their first trip to Haiti in October of 2010. Marie worked with the medical providers, while Larry worked as “unskilled” labor on a construction team building simple 12 x 18 foot concrete block structures to provide suitable housing to families trapped in the tent cities. “In spite of the extreme poverty, the most memorable thing about Haiti is the people. We found Haitian’s to be not only industrious and hardworking, but they are people with an optimistic spirit and a “can-do” attitude, who are very gracious and appreciative of our efforts to help. Working alongside them to make a difference was very rewarding”. The Hicks’ were able to return to Haiti for a second trip a year later in October of 2011 and are planning a third trip in the spring of next year, as their church puts into operation an orphanage that welcomed its first group of children a just few weeks ago.