The year is winding down, and we are in the season of giving. At Bellmont Partners, we believe in the power of community engagement – both through our work and outside of our roles at BP. As part of our commitment to putting good back in the world, employees are encouraged to seek out volunteer opportunities that align with their personal and professional goals and areas of interest using paid volunteer hours through our Bellmont Gives Back program.
In addition to hundreds of hours of pro bono agency work for causes we believe in, here are some of the ways our team has given back throughout the year:
Megan Derkey, Account Director
I volunteer at my daughters’ schools to chaperone field trips, facilitate PTO events and take photos for the elementary school yearbook. I also volunteer my time with Moms Demand Action, specifically on the Election Action Committee, by spreading the word about gun-sense candidates that will govern with gun safety in mind. Public safety and passing common sense gun laws is a deeply personal issue to me and has only become more important since becoming a parent. I urge everyone who votes to look up candidates on their ballot at gunsensevoter.org to see who has proven their commitment to lifesaving gun laws at the local, state and federal level.
Johanna Holub, Account Supervisor
I am a member of the Bloomington chapter of the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that provides local election and candidate information, helps people register to vote and much more. Voting is not just a right – it also sometimes feels like a superpower. It feels good to assist as many people as possible to not only exercise their rights, but also make informed decisions about who they are voting for in their local communities!
Hyedi Nelson, Account Director, Health Strategy
Faith’s Lodge is a non-profit with the mission of supporting bereaved parents and their families in a peaceful environment to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future. I have been volunteering with this organization since 2014, after my son Charlie died at 30 weeks gestation, and I’m currently finishing a term on the board of directors. A memorable moment for me is from 2020, right before the pandemic, when I held Concert for Charlie, a charity concert that raised more than $10K for Faith’s Lodge.
I also just joined the board of directors for Dissonance this past year. Dissonance is an organization that provides mental health and recovery resources to those in the creative arts – also working hard to improve wellness in those spaces and break down common stigmas. I was drawn to Dissonance because the organization is addressing, head on, such important needs within the creative arts community. Being a part of this organization is a good fit because of my passion for health — and a special interest in mental health — as well as for the music and creative arts space. Some memorable moments over the past year have been participating in recording sessions with Chastity Brown and Nur‑D for episodes of a video series Dissonance launched this year.
Chioma Uwagwu, Account Coordinator
Volunteering with HEADCOUNT to get people registered to vote and interested in democracy is one of the ways I’ve used Bellmont Gives Back hours. We’re at concerts, festivals, and community events — anywhere we can translate the power of music and culture into real action. I enjoy my work with them not only for the great music but because I get to talk with many young adults and first-time voters.
Sara Grasmon, Account Supervisor
This year, I began volunteering with For Goodness Cakes, and I’m proud to be a member of the Sprinkle Squad. This organization matches children in foster care and youth overcoming adversity with a volunteer baker so they’ll get a personalized birthday cake made just for them. And, sometimes, like one of my recent bakes, the request will be for holiday treats for a special gathering. It’s a win-win, providing a day brightener for kids and a meaningful creative outlet for me. Plus, I have so many wonderful memories of baking with my mom – I love that I can honor her memory by baking for a cause. Can’t wait to put my apron on again soon!
Angela Seutter, Account Strategist
I’ve been giving tours to school groups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this fall. It’s wonderful to see lots of kids back in the museum again and to share in their excitement. I’ve loved hearing them discuss Christi Belcourt’s beautiful painting, It’s A Delicate Balance. There’s so much local, natural wonder to find and celebrate in the piece. Every time we sit down in front of the painting and talk about the beautiful flowers, plants, birds and insects, I’m reminded of the current fragility of our planet and the interconnectedness of all creatures.
Maureen Cahill, Partner
I’m on the board of directors for Best Buddies Minnesota. Best Buddies MN is part of Best Buddies International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies MN provides one to one friendships and leadership programs for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies MN also has a very active local school program in elementary, middle school, high school and colleges that focuses on teaching inclusion, kindness and friendship. Their programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Bellmont Partners was a proud table sponsor at Best Buddies MN’s recent annual gala, where more than $250,000 was raised.
These are just some of the causes that are important to our team members, and we’re inspired by these organizations and all who dedicate their time to help. We’re proud of our colleagues for sharing their time and talents, and we look forward to continuing the Bellmont Gives Back program to support the team and continue contributing to our communities.