Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) on May 16 closed its six Bay Area offices for its 18th-annual "Because People Matter" day, an event in which more than 350 employees spend the day volunteering at Bay Area nonprofits.

That volunteering is equivalent to more than 2,800 hours of volunteer time across the company. In the North Bay, BPM employees volunteered at the Catholic Charities Family Support Center, Becoming Independent and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

[caption id="attachment_92515" align="alignleft" width="350"] From left, Stacey Gilligan, Michelle Ausburn, Tom Benton, Terri Boyer and Leone Manni volunteer during BPM's annual "Because People Matter" day. (credit: BPM)[/caption]

“Giving back, volunteering and being of service are part of the core principals of BPM -- it’s discussed with everyone who interviews with our firm,” said Carol O’Hara, managing partner of the North Bay region of BPM.

Past North Bay BPM Day activities have included building raised planter boxes for an expansive vegetable garden at Catholic Charities Family Support Center, setting up a fundraising auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual gathering at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, grounds maintenance at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, and major improvement projects for Kids Street Learning Center in downtown Santa Rosa.

North Bay boards with BPM representatives include the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Schools Plus, CHOPS Teen Club, Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Symphony, and California Wine Discovery Museum to name a few. Furthermore, BPM has adopted Kid Street Learning Center in Santa Rosa, donating school supplies and providing employees with time to read to students during the week.***The California Board of Equalization is calling for comment from business owners and related interests pertaining to ideas and concerns about the administration of the state's business and property taxes, part of the agency's annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings.The  board is required by law to hold those hearings annually, with a May 22 hearing scheduled in Sacramento and a June 24 hearing in Culver City. California voters established the Harris-Katz California Taxpayers' Bill of Rights in January 1989 and expanded it further in subsequent years, boosting oversight of tax collection and enhancing public comment for the board.The board is seeking a wide range of comment on its methods of collection and specific policies. More information is available at www.boe.ca.gov/meetings/heartra.htm....

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