Spotlight on Berman & Simmons’ community partners

The attorneys and staff members at Berman & Simmons are proud to be collaborating with three outstanding community partners this fall: Tree Street Youth CenterGreater Androscoggin Humane Society; and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing.

Continuing the firm’s tradition of community service — and in honor of the 100th anniversary of Berman & Simmons — the firm is donating a minimum of 100 hours for its employees to serve as volunteers for these charitable organizations.

  • Tree Street Youth Center, based on Howe Street in Lewiston, supports the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts and athletics. The nonprofit provides a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference. Founded in 2011 by Julia Sleeper and Kim Sullivan, the center began as an outgrowth of a local homework help program for students whose parents lacked language skills and other tools to support their children. The center serves as a vibrant hub of activity for 120-150 students in grades K-12 and is the only center in Lewiston solely focused on meeting the educational and social needs of at-risk youth. Learn more at www.treestreetyouth.org.
  • The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society (formerly known as the Lewiston-Auburn SPCA) was incorporated as a nonprofit volunteer organization in Lewiston way back in 1885. The Society’s original mission was to protect work horses and children from abuse.  Today, the organization’s mission is to provide the best possible care for stray, abandoned and abused animals. The organization takes in more than 4,000 animals each year at its facility on Strawberry Avenue, which was built in 2006. Nearly 130 years after it was founded, the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society continues its pledge to work toward a more humane community. Learn more atwww.gahumane.org.
  • The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing provides free support, education and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer. The center opened in Lewiston in 2008. The Dempsey Center’s warm, inviting environment includes a cancer resource center and lending library, integrative medicine rooms, Healing Garden, private consult rooms, health and fitness room, wig room, demo kitchen, and dedicated space for cancer support group meetings and educational programs. The Dempsey Center is able to provide free services to anyone impacted by cancer thanks to funds raised via the annual Dempsey Challenge, corporate sponsors, foundations and grants, and individual donations. Learn more at www.dempseycenter.org.