Orchards Children’s Services is one of our favorite nonprofits, and sponsoring a family for the holidays is a privilege we look forward to each year. Once again, our tireless Sommers Schwartz Serves committee and volunteers stepped up.

Since it was founded more than Over 60 years ago by the Greater Detroit Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, Orchards has been dedicated to improving children’s lives of children. Besides providing ground-breaking adoption, foster parent, and family preservation programs, the organization offers specialized care and recreational and educational services to kids in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties.

Every holiday season, Orchards welcomes groups and individuals to make their holidays a little brighter for Metro Detroit families. Through the firm’s Sommers Schwartz Serves community partnership program, attorneys and staff collected gifts and other items for an area family. The firm also held a food drive coinciding with the state’s biggest college football rivalry, pitting our University of Michigan fans and Michigan State University fans (and non-fans) against each other to donate the most items.

Sommers Schwartz has enjoyed a long history with Orchards. The late Steve Schwartz, a longtime colleague who passed away in April 2016, served as president and chairman of the board. 

Pictured Above: Maria Bradley, Joe Bourgon, Lenore Zakhem, Tammy O’Boyle, Kim Graham, Beverly Medley, Michele Reiley, Judy Susskind, Linda Roberts, Kim Kortes, and Matt Curtis.

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Lenore Zakhem, Kim Kortes, Maria Bradley, and Michele Reiley.

Food Drive

UM/MSU Food Drive: Linda Roberts, Lisa Black, Teresa Murray, Kim Kortes, Maria Bradley, Michele Reiley, and Shea Brouster.