Each quarter, employees from Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak routinely particpate in community events. Here's a summary of the various activities that SGY representatives took part in during the second quarter of 2020 (April-June). As expected, the extent of our staff's community involvement during this time period was limited to virtual events due to COVID-19.
On April 16, Julie Steinbacher, CELA*, co-hosted a virtual seminar on “End of Life Choices” with Dr. Alexander R. Nesbitt (View replay of seminar). Dr. Nesbitt is a geriatrician at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport. Julie and Dr. Nesbitt talked attendees through the tough end-of-life decisions. They stressed the importance of communicating your wishes to your family and trusted health care professionals, such as your family doctor. During this seminar, the seventh annual Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award was presented to Linda Bryant (view replay of presentation). Linda was recognized for her dedication and countless years serving as Heartworks Coordinator at UPMC. A volunteer-based organization, Heartworks, is a support program that meets twice a month on the campus of Divine Providence Hospital. The Heartworks team is committed to giving children a time and a place to express their emotions when dealing with a substantial loss. Heartworks has guided countless children and teens through the grieving process. Linda also helps lead a support group for parents with children with special needs – an area that is personal for Linda as she is the mother of a son with special needs. Linda was more than worthy of receiving such an award and considers herself blessed to be able to join together with children and teens as they embrace their emotions and overcome their grief.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the firm had been looking for ways to support essential workers. In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the firm donated t-shirts to health care workers at area long-term care communities (in photo at left). The shirts stated, “Healthcare Workers: Fighting the Enemies We Can’t See” and were distributed in “Baskets of Sunshine.” Each “Basket of Sunshine” contained sealed snacks, hand sanitizer, and fun activities for residents. The facilities were encouraged to have their staff wear the t-shirts while engaging with their residents in games such as 1940s era celebrity BINGO. Hopefully, the baskets helped to lift their spirits during these challenging and unprecedented times.
The Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently presented its annual Business Partnership of the Year award to the Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak elder law firm. This annual award, initiated in 2014-15, is presented to an organization that helps promote FBLA activities, contributes to FBLA projects and activities, provides financial assistance to an FBLA local, state or national chapter, helps judge FBLA competitions, and has its own notable achievements in business and industry while also being involved in civic engagement. The Business Partnership of the Year honor is presented each spring along with several other awards by the PA FBLA chapter at an award banquet, which was held virtually this year on May 15. Read more about this award
Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was nominated for this award by the Jersey Shore FBLA chapter for its consistent strong partnership and support for the chapter over the last several years. Among the many things that SGY has assisted the chapter with include advertising for a food drive, making a monetary donation to the food drive from dress down days at the firm, giving guidance on writing news releases and assisting with contacting media outlets to effectively spread the word about their community service projects, and contributing donations to help offset the cost of Jersey Shore students attending the FBLA national conference. SGY has also provided co-op positions for active chapter members at the law firm for the last two years, as well as summer internship opportunities. The firm also offers job shadowing opportunities to both the students in the Jersey Shore chapter, as well as the entire region of the PA FBLA, which encompasses over 800 students. Further, the firm's founder, Julie Steinbacher, served as the keynote speaker for this year's FBLA Regional Leadership Conference, where she encouraged students to seek out their passions and try new experiences.
*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation