On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, members of the firm participated in a service activity in memory of their friend and long-time colleague, Doris Jiggetts, who passed away in December of 2014. To everyone who knew her, Doris was a beacon of generosity, care, and support, and the GluckWalrath team paid tribute to that personality and giving spirit by spending the afternoon at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen(TASK), serving food to others in need.
“Walking into the office each morning, we are reminded of Doris.” explained Managing Partner, Michael Gluck. Continuing, “since inception, Doris established herself as a hub of knowledge, support, and coordination. But more importantly, she had the most warming of spirits and her joy was found in making others smile.
Because of Doris’ amazing caretaking, affection, and loving way, she cooked and cared for the entire office. When putting together a tribute, we wished to honor her in a fitting way.”
TASK stands out because its mission not only feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area, but also offers a variety of programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life in its patrons. Such programs include tutoring, referral services, preventative health services, and other offerings that aim to further its mission.
Together with friends and family, GluckWalrath spent the afternoon remembering Doris with a day of serving meals and clearing plates. In celebrating Doris’ life, many from our team came away with a deepened perspective and understanding of the role each of us plays in the community.
“Walking into TASK, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Charlene Hurley admitted. “It’s because of Doris that we were all gathered here, but I had never been to the Soup Kitchen. Walking in, I immediately saw tutors working with several students seeking their GED. It was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me and really got me into the right mindset for the day. Dozens of times throughout the afternoon, I witnessed looks of genuine appreciation by those who came seeking a warm meal. It brought such warmth and comfort to my soul. I anticipated feelings of mourning and sympathy, but instead was uplifted. In remembering Doris, I felt part of something larger and look forward to volunteering at TASK in the future.”
Kendal Jones, a close coworker of Doris’ added, “I was excited when the announcement was made that the firm would be volunteering at TASK in honor of Doris’s spirit for feeding others. It was befitting that we, in her honor, would give back by serving and helping others.”
For more information on how to get involved in one of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen’s many opportunities, visit their site. Due to the success and response, every January 20th will be “Meals in Memory of Doris Jiggetts” at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in her honor.