Anti-Bullying PSA Campaign
Recently The Seegmiller Law Firm sponsored an Anti-Bullying PSA Campaign with a $1,500 top prize where youngsters were encouraged to submit 30-second videos calling for end of bullying.
As a father of five grown children, Attorney West Seegmiller has dealt with his share of bullies over the years and has helped his kids cope with the emotional pain. In fact, the taunts directed at one of his daughters in high school were so hurtful that he pulled her out of public school and sent her to a private one because he was worried the name-calling and mean gestures could escalate into something physical or lasting emotional scars.
Indeed, West Seegmiller knows as a parent he is not alone, and his family’s circumstances are representative of a nationwide bullying problem that he believes cannot be ignored.
So in an effort to raise awareness and put a stop to bullying, The Seegmiller Law Firm sponsored an anti-bullying campaign and asking those under 18 to submit 30 second public service announcements that discourage this destructive behavior.
Five finalists will be named and invited to a ceremony at The Seegmiller Law Firm where the entries will viewed by a panel of judges and the winner announced. Additionally, the top winner will receive a prize of $1,500 and finalists will receive $50 gift cards from Stonefire Grill.
“From the mouths of babes often come pearls of wisdom,” said West Seegmiller. “We’re hoping to take that long-held idiom and bring it into the 21st century by asking youngsters to get out their iPhones and video cameras, stir up some creativity and produce a message aimed at eradicating bullying.”
Walk Like MADD
The Seegmiller Law Firm was very proud to be one of the sponsors of the Walk Like MADD Orange County fundraiser in Huntington Beach.
More than 600 people paid tribute to their loved ones who were injured or died due to the actions of drunk drivers on Saturday morning in the annual fundraiser put on by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The event raised more than $114,000 this year to help support victims of drunk drivers with year-round programs and services such as victim support, educational materials and public awareness campaigns.
Many of those attending wore tributes to those they had lost on matching T-shirts, they held banners up with the names of their love ones and mostly kept their memories alive by coming together at the annual walk.
“I was deeply touched by the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters who were all here supporting one another as they walked today,” – Attorney West Seegmiller.
Despite all the public awareness about the tragedies that are the result of drunk drivers, there will always be people who get behind the wheel after drinking and sadly there will be people who are injured or killed. MADD reports that alcohol impairment was four times higher during the night (37 percent) than during the day (9 percent) among drivers who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates there are roughly 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving every day in the United States.
Donate or Volunteer at Walk Like MADD
Grandma’s House Of Hope
The Seegmiller Law Firm team donates toys and wraps the gifts for Orange County children who live in motels.
According to the 2011 Homeless PIT Count and Survey 6,939 people experience homeless night in Orange County. However with most statistics related to homelessness, including the PIT Count, it is generally acknowledged only a fraction of the actual numbers are reported.
The number of people in Orange County received Cal WORKs cash assistance increased 20% in one year, rising to a monthly average enrollment of 52,528 recipients in 2009/10. Food Stamps enrollment jumped 37% during the same time period, on top of a 24% rise in 2008/09.
Further, according to the 2011 Orange County Community Indicators Report, the hourly wage needed to rent a one-bedroom, fair market value, apartment in Orange County is $25.52, equivalent to $53,080 per year. In other words, households making minimum wage would have to work 130 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.
Donate or Volunteer at Gramdma’s House of Hope
In an effort to give back to the community and help children avoid sustaining devastating head and brain injuries, The Seegmiller Law Firm donated bicycle helmets to the Head Start State Preschool on October 2, 2013.
Their donation of bicycle helmets to the Victorville school, which enrolls around 164 low income students between the ages of 3-5, stemmed from teacher Leslie Horsley reaching out to the law firm. Horsley saw a need for better preventative measures when a four-year-old child fell from a tricycle while on the playground. In her search for businesses and organizations that could help her and her school provide the safety measures that her students need, Horsley found The Seegmiller Law Firm through their legal blog.
When contacted by Horsley, lawyer West Seegmiller understood her concern all too well, stating, “As a father of six children myself, I know how important it is to protect children from head injuries and even a minor fall from a bicycle can cause a concussion or serious fracture for these young children.” He further said that he was impressed by Horsley’s efforts on behalf of her school and its students, and “We didn’t want to see something more serious happen. A brain injury or fracture on a young child can be devastating.”
Horsley, whom Seegmiller called a “role model for our youths,” responded to The Seegmiller Law Firm, saying, “I want to thank you for your generosity our school would not be able to service these children and their families without business like The Seegmiller Law Firm.”
Thanksgiving “What I am Thankful For” Contest
The Seegmiller Law Firm will be hosting an essay contest for children ages 12 and under this upcoming Thanksgiving. The “What I am Thankful for Contest” will accept submissions until Friday, November 22nd, and participants can submit a video or a written essay in which they share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Five finalists will be chosen to share their entries at a luncheon hosted by The Seegmiller Law Firm on Wednesday, November 27th, with the winner receiving a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. For more information, visit the contest page here.