Our involvement started as a way to 'adopt' a group of kids in need and give them a little something for the holidays.
— Caryl Walker
For more than two decades, the staff and lawyers of Tonkon Torp have supported students of Portland’s Community Transitional School (CTS) with holiday gift donations and participation in Take Your Kids to Work Day activities.
The privately funded Community Transitional School is dedicated entirely to the needs of children whose families are homeless, in transition, and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises. Open since 1990, it has served thousands of children who are at risk of failure in school due to their family circumstances.
“Our involvement started as a way to ‘adopt’ a group of kids in need and give them a little something for the holidays,” says paralegal Caryl Walker, one of the driving forces behind Tonkon Torp’s involvement with the Community Transition School. “As the school has grown over the years, the firm’s involvement has grown with them. Each holiday, our staff and lawyers have the opportunity to provide toys, clothing, school supplies and other items for almost 100 CTS students and their families. In addition, our annual collective cash donation now exceeds $2,000. It connects people in our firm whose paths might not otherwise cross, as we share an opportunity to help children in our community in a very tangible way.”
For 2016, Tonkon Torp provided gifts for 86 kids, and donated $2,650 to the Community Transitional School.