On Thursday, June 9, Wiley Rein had the honor of being a lead sponsor for N Street Village’s 10th annual Empowerment Luncheon. Even more exciting was the announcement from keynote speaker Oprah Winfrey that she would be pledging $1 million to the nonprofit organization.
N Street Village is known for its focus on providing both emergency and long-term services to homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. Since its creation in 1972, N Street Village has assisted thousands of women who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and health problems by providing housing, medical care, mental health and addiction recovery programs, and peer mentorship programs. Oprah acknowledged this in her speech, saying:
“In life, we all want to know: Do you hear me? Do you see me? Everyone who works at N Street Village understands that principle. They know that every woman who comes through those doors wants to be seen, heard, and to know that her life matters.”
Wiley Rein has strong ties to N Street Village; Managing Partner Peter Shields chairs the Board of Directors and was a lead sponsor of the luncheon, and many of our attorneys have dedicated countless hours and resources to support the organization. The firm’s relationship with N Street Village is a key part of the firm’s commitment to community service—which, along with our fundraising and pro bono efforts, has had a significant impact on more than 450 different nonprofit organizations. As a result, the firm was named No. 2 on the Washington Business Journal’s 2015 Corporate Philanthropy list for mid-size companies.
Along with Peter, many others from Wiley Rein attended the event, including Rachel Alexander, Kim Ashmore, Shawn Chang, Claire Evans, B’anca Glenn, Chris Huther, Kathy Kirby, Kevin Muhlendorf, Kay Nash, Nick Peterson, Dot Powell-Woodson, Neal Seth, Dan Standish, and Kay Tatum.
More coverage of the event can be found at Market Wired, The Washington Post, and FOX 5.