Monthly donations to local nonprofits continue legacy of founder, a well-known and historic public servant

Robinson Donovan, P.C., a full-service law firm trusted by generations to represent individual and business clients throughout Massachusetts and New England, is celebrating 150 years in business. To commemorate this milestone, and to demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the future of the greater Springfield region, they have planned to make a series of donations to local nonprofits.

“Robinson Donovan has a rich history,” said Attorney James F. Martin. “The firm’s roots are traced back to former Governor George D. Robinson who began practicing law in the Springfield area prior to serving as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate.”

Robinson’s contributions to the Springfield region extend beyond his appointments to public office. He was also the principal of Chicopee High School and a founding member of Chicopee Savings Bank, both of which are still in operation today in addition to his law practice, which is now known as Robinson Donovan.

“George Robinson was a true public servant,” said Attorney Carla Newton. “That is why we are choosing to celebrate our 150th anniversary, and honor our founder, by supporting local nonprofits. The worthy organizations we will announce throughout the year will each receive one donation. Nonprofits are vital to the fabric of our communities and we hope to raise awareness for their causes and support important initiatives that benefit us all, which continues the legacy of our founder and our firm.”

For the months of January through April, Robinson Donovan has elected to donate to Providence Ministries Service Network (Holyoke), Friends of the Homeless, Inc. (Springfield), The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (Hatfield) and Bay Path University (Longmeadow).

Providence Ministries Service Network, founded in 1980, serves the Holyoke community by providing food, clothing and housing to those in need. The organization empowers clients and fosters self-sufficiency. Among their many programs is Kate’s Kitchen which, in addition to serving food to 85–200 people daily, also offers an opportunity for job training. Students participate in a 10-week culinary training program which provides the skills needed for employment in a variety of food service positions as well as the opportunity to earn needed certification.

Friends of the Homeless, Inc. serves the Greater Springfield region with a goal of ending homelessness. They meet the immediate needs of the homeless by operating the largest emergency shelter for adult individuals in western Massachusetts. The organization also focuses on long-term solutions through case management aimed at obtaining and maintaining permanent housing, running a resource center and operating low-income housing.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts provides individuals facing hunger with the food they need to survive and leads communities toward long-term solutions to the problem of hunger in our region. Serving the four counties of western Massachusetts, The Food Bank is the leading provider of emergency food that reaches individuals and families with lower incomes.

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Sturbridge, and Burlington, Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative and the desire to make a difference.

See coverage on BusinessWest.comThe Reminder and The Chicopee Register.