EUGENE, Ore. — While most accountants spent the day working on bookkeeping and bottom lines, one local firm left their offices to help the community Wednesday.
It’s not every day you find two dozen accountants working on a farm; digging weeds, repairing a compost box, and cutting blackberry bushes. The accountants were from Moss Adams, one of the largest firms in the Pacific Northwest.
This year is their centennial celebration and to celebrate, they did something special.
Moss Adams’ 70 downtown Eugene employees spent the day doing community work at the Northwest Youth Corps and three other locations.
Natalie Whitson, development officer for the Northwest Youth Corps, says the volunteers are crucial to the school’s ability to serve kids on the two-acre farm.
“These projects wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have the Moss Adams volunteers today,” Whitson said.
In addition to working the farm, other employees served at the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity, the Looking Glass Youth and Family Services and Food for Lane County.
R.L. Widmer, a tax accountant, says work like this makes employees feel good.
“It’s a change of pace and a good opportunity for us to do a different type of work and to give back while we’re doing it,” Widmer said.
Being accountable not just to their clients, but the community too.