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If your firm or organization would like to be involved in future CSCPA charitable
drives, contact Alicia McCain at or 860-258-0217.
CPA Coat Drive Warms Connecticut
More than 1,000 coats collected for distribution across state
By Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
n a winter plagued by record-breaking snowfall amounts
and bitterly cold temperatures, homeless shelters and
food pantries across the state were able to distribute
warm, gently used coats to more than 1,000 people in
need, thanks to Connecticut's CPA community.
Each year the CSCPA New and Young Professionals
sponsors a charity drive for a different organiza-
tion. The 2008 CPA Winter Coat Drive was such a suc-
cess that the new professionals decided to bring it back
for a second time this year.
CPAs and new professionals hung signs in their offices
encouraging staff and clients to reach into the backs of their
closets and pull out those no-longer-used coats to donate to
others in need.
The New and Young Professionals Group also mobilized
CSCPA's Campus Representatives (students engaged to
serve as a CSCPA presence on college campuses around
the state) to help get the word out. The students placed
signs and donation boxes in student centers and business
department buildings, with huge results.
"I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and generous spir-
it of Connecticut's CPA community," said CSCPA Student
and New Professional Outreach Specialist Alicia McCain,
who coordinated the coat pickups "There is a desperate
need across Connecticut for these coats, and we were able
to collect even more than the last drive."
The coats were distributed by Button Up Connecticut, a
charitable organization of Siracusa Movers. Button Up
Connecticut collects and hangs coats in a warehouse and
invites representatives from shelters, food pantries, and
other charitable organizations from across the state to
come and pick out coats that will fit the needs of the peo-
ple their groups help.
If your firm or organization would like to be involved in future
CSCPA charitable drives, get in touch with McCain at or 860-258-0217.
You can also look for calls to action in future issues of
Connecticut CPA and on
Webster Bank employees assemble their company's donations. From left are Norton Goss, Cynthia DeSenti, Laura Melchionna, Jayne Brightman, Mike
Bisson, Mike Roper, Iwona Strzepek, Mark Burbank (leaning down), Jennifer Farotti, and James Rinaldi. Webster Bank alone collected 160 coats!