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12 Buckets, located in Perth Western Australia, is an early intervention strengths-based mentoring organisation established as a charity for local children who need extra support in life and learning.

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Corporate Volunteer of the Year champions 12 Buckets

Melinda Tognini

At 12 Buckets, we believe that fullness of life comes when you pour yourself out for others.

We're pretty sure the staff at Squire Patton Boggs (SPB), winner of the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award believe it, too. They have certainly demonstrated it in the multiple ways they support 12 Buckets through the law firm's Community Investment Program.

When asked why SPB has a Community Investment Program, John Poulsen, Managing Partner Australia and member of SPB's Global Board, said it is "something I passionately believe in as we are fortunate to work in a collegiate and successful organisation where we are in a position to give something back", and give back they do.

The list of organisations benefiting from the program is extensive. Support includes staff volunteer days, youth arts funding, involvement in numerous fundraising events, and more than 2,500 hours of pro bono legal advice.

Volunteering at Foodbank.

Volunteering at Foodbank.

Now, the firm's volunteering and community contributions have been recognised at the recent Volunteering WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, where it received the Western Australian Corporate Volunteer of the Year.

Travis Fitch says it's no surprise that SPB has won the Corporate Volunteer Award.

Squire Patton Boggs not only supports 12 Buckets financially, it has helped us attend to legal responsibilities, allowed our staff to work from its offices during school holiday periods and hosted fundraising events for 12 Buckets as well as our last two Annual General Meetings. We are also about to embark on an exciting School Debating Challenge that will see lawyers coach 12 Bucket students in the art of debating in preparation for an in-house competition to be adjudicated by a Federal Court Judge.

Travis added that John Poulsen has also been a great encouragement to him personally in his role as CEO of 12 Buckets:

Along with opening doors for me to meet with people who can help grow and sustain 12 Buckets, John is helping me learn the skill of effective multi-tasking. To be able to call on someone of John's calibre and experience is an incredible privilege.

When asked what winning the award means to the staff at Squire Patton Boggs, John replied, "We were delighted to have what we do in the volunteer space recognised. It has put a real 'smile on the dial' for our team. Hopefully winning the award will show other corporates what they can do to make a difference in the community."

Congratulations to everyone at Squire Patton Boggs for well-deserved recognition through this award for your contribution and support, not only to 12 Buckets, but to many in the wider community.

Squire Patton Boggs team enjoying the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Squire Patton Boggs team enjoying the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards.