Our social and corporate responsibility
runs deeper than our clients and employees.
Our formal pro bono and corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is an opportunity for us to genuinely give back to our local and global community in the best way we can; providing legal support to enable a voice.
Many of the organisations we support to provide services to marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Through our pro bono program, we take a flexible and responsive approach that includes:
volunteering at law centres in our catchment areas, accepting a referral from those centres concerning a broad range of legal matters;
providing pro bono legal services to our partner organisations as and when required;
participating in the fundraising efforts of our partner organisations;
providing pro bono legal assistance to the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities directly; and
employees serving as board members of charitable and community organisations.
Our staff value the opportunity to be involved with pro bono initiatives that make a difference, which is why we are proudly involved with the following organisations:
Community Legal Centres
We are proud to be involved with the following community legal centres:
Redfern Legal Centre
The RLC is the first community legal centre established in New South Wales, providing free and confidential legal advice and casework, delivering community legal education, and engaging in law reform.
Environmental Defenders Office NSW
The EDO NSW is a community legal centre specialising in environmental and planning law.
Corporate Social Responsibility Projects
We have ongoing partnerships with a range of charities and not-for-profits and have recently assisted the following organisations:
Law Firms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS)
McCabe Curwoods' LEAPS program commenced in 2009 in partnership with Leumeah High School. LEAPS is a school student workplace mentoring program for Year 9 students run by the Department of Education. The program is aimed at students who will benefit most from being involved with the program and sees the students developing skills to overcome difficult situations, building confidence and setting short and long term goals.
During the year, the LEAPS students attend our office where they meet with their assigned McCabe Curwood mentor and discuss topics including peer pressure, dealing with stress, cyberbullying, conflict resolution and career choices. The program is marked by a graduation evening held at the High School and attended by the student's loved ones.
Over the past 10 years, we have mentored over 130 students through the LEAPS program.
Our partnership with Leumeah High School has been described by the school Principal as being the most valuable partnership the School can offer its students. At its essence, participation in the program allows the students to make new dreams about their future. Of what can be, not what is.
The Grace Centre for Newborn Care at Westmead Children's Hospital
The Grace Centre for Newborn Care is a specialised unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead which treats more than 600 critically ill newborns with complex medical conditions, some as young as 23 weeks gestation.
Babies who are born at the maternity ward in Westmead Hospital can be immediately transferred to Grace. Other babies are flown to the nursery within hours of birth from across NSW, ACT and Pacific Rim region for urgent life-saving care not available anywhere else in the state.
Grace is the only accredited NIDCAP (Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program) training centre in Australia and leads the way in neonatal developmental care.
McCabe Curwood has been a proud supporter of Grace since 2006. Since that time, our staff have participated in a number of fundraising initiatives including Radiothon, Race for Grace and the Grace Gala. Our staff also participate in community initiatives including Corporate Volunteer Days at Westmead Hospital, dressing in costume and bringing smiles to the faces of sick children and their families.
In 2019 alone, over $50,000 was raised on behalf of Grace by McCabe Curwood and its staff.
Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating choice and independence for people aged 18 to 65 with high care needs. Youngcare's programs and projects focus on supporting young people with a disability or chronic illness by providing greater choice in housing and care options.
There are three key elements to Youngcare’s work:
• providing fully accessible and age-appropriate living spaces to people with high care needs;
• providing grants for equipment and home modification to support people with high care needs to remain at home; and
• staffing a national hotline to provide information to callers requiring assistance navigating State and Federal health, housing and disability schemes.
McCabe Curwood has been supporting Youngcare since 2016 through a variety of initiatives.
One way in which Youngcare raises funds is via its Corporate Challenges in which participants take part in extreme and physically demanding activities, for example, The Ubuntu Trek in Africa that took place earlier this month to raise funds and awareness for young people with disabilities.
The next Corporate Challenge will the Masai Mara trek, which McCabe Curwood Principal Benjamin Karalus is set to participate in, with a goal to raise (or exceed) the $10,000 fundraising target.
McCabe Curwood staff also have the chance to participate in the Youngcare Christmas Hamper project, working together with the community to prepare Christmas gifts for young Aussies with high care needs.
Can Too is a charity devoted to raising funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment.
Founded in 2005, Can Too has trained over 16,000 people and raised more than $20 million dollars for over 160 cancer research projects. Can Too fights cancer in partnership with the community, investing in cancer research with Cure Cancer Australia, Cancer Council NSW and the Children's Cancer Institute.
The CanToo Foundation is a 100% community-funded charity which funds early stage research across all cancer types, including rare cancers. CanToo offers professionally coached athletic training programs in return for participants fundraising for the Foundation's cancer research.
McCabe Curwood has trained with and raised funds for CanToo since 2015, participating in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and the Sydney Running Festival.
Through a combination of individual fund-raising and firm-wide fund-raising initiatives, McCabe Curwood has raised over $100,000 for cancer research and prevention.
Get In Touch
If you or your organisation needs pro bono assistance or wants to set up a partnership with us,
please send through your application by clicking on the link below.