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Community Involvement

At Poyner Spruill we are fortunate to have opportunities to give back to the communities that have helped make us successful.

We are proud to call North Carolina home and are very active in the communities where we live and work, both as a firm and as individuals. Professionally, the firm contributes to over 100 organizations and causes, as well as the countless organizations our attorneys and staff are involved in outside of the office.



After Missy Jaskolka‘s solo participation in 2019, several members of our firm decided to join her for the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge in 2020. Missy, along with Kelsey Mayo, Toni Tardy, Felicia Turner, and David Woodard will take on the challenge of walking 28.3 miles in one day to raise money and help make a difference in the life of a child living with a life-threatening illness.

Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening conditions. A wish come true helps these special children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing and able to battle their critical medical condition. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illness.

We are proud to support this organization and the wonderful things they are working towards. If you would like to make a donation towards our team’s efforts of raising $15,000, visit our team page. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish organization and the Trailblaze Challenge, visit their website.

Claire's Army

In addition to donations and sponsorship by the firm, several members of our Charlotte office are actively involved in Claire’s Army, whose mission is “Serve Families. Love Kids. Fight Cancer.” Karen Chapman is on the Board of Directors and serves as Vice President for Claire’s Army. Karin Norman has been on the committee to plan the annual Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive event every year since we first got involved with Claire’s Army in 2014.

What started out as a desire to couple a service project with our Charlotte office’s 25th anniversary has grown into a long term relationship with Claire’s Army. In addition to our volunteer work with the annual pancake breakfast, we also volunteer at blood drives, Christmas programs, galas, and other Claire’s Army Events.

To learn more about the story behind Claire’s Army, visit their website.

Haven House Services

Poyner Spruill has been actively involved with Haven House for over 20 years. Our involvement began by providing meals to the kids in the Transition in Place program for Thanksgiving and holiday gifts for both the parents and kids.

Nina Long is a current member of the board of directors for Haven House and has served in that role since 2010.  She has served as board chair is currently chair of the Development Committee. Many Poyner Spruill attorneys and legal professionals have been involved in supporting Haven House over the years, either by providing pro bono legal work or sitting on various committees. Nina helped start the now extremely successful Battle of the Bags event and the Law Firm Challenge which pits local firm against each other to raise money for the Haven House Annual Campaign.  Attorney Stephanie Sanders played an active role as Haven House found and purchased their new home in 2021.

To learn more about Haven House and why it holds such a special place in the heart of the firm, visit their website.

Meals on Wheels

Poyner Spruill is involved with Meals on Wheels both in Rocky Mount and in Wake County, volunteering to deliver meals to people in the community. Beverly Ramsey and Ginger Barnhill are most involved with the Meals on Wheels organization in Rocky Mount and they enjoy the people that are able to visit with on their delivery route. In Wake County, Caroline Mackie sits on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels and has been involved since 2011, and Colin McGrath chairs the Young Professionals Board and has been involved since 2017.

To learn more about Meals on Wheels and how you can get involved in your area, visit the Rocky Mount website here or the Wake County website here.

Ronald McDonald House

We have supported the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte for over 10 years. Our involvement began when Tate Ogburn joined the board of directors. He and his family stayed in the Cleveland, Ohio house many times while visiting his daughter’s doctor, and since then they have shared their story with the media and local community groups. Tate has contributed to the growth of the Charlotte house and Poyner Spruill has supported the house through the Sport-a-Shirt program and by giving donations.

To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House and how you can get involved, visit their website.

Dress for Success Charlotte

When attorney Cheslie Kryst joined the firm she brought with her a passion for Dress for Success Charlotte. In addition to monetary donations, the firm has hosted two clothing drives; one hosted by Cheslie, and one in conjunction with a women’s networking event.

Cheslie runs her own fashion blog and felt a connection to the Dress for Success Charlotte mission because she knows how important it is to feel confident in the clothes you’re wearing. Dress for Success Charlotte provides professional clothing to women in an effort to help them feel that necessary confidence when walking into an interview.

To learn more about Dress for Success Charlotte, their mission, and how to help, visit their website.

Arts and Science Council

Poyner Spruill has supported the Arts and Science Council campaign since 2004. A significant level of attorneys have provided annual support at the level of the Young Donor Society or the Vanguard Society. We have also hosted an annual fundraising campaign that has seen great involvement from attorneys and staff.

Several of our attorneys have gone through the ASC Leadership Program, which has prepared them to be strong advocates and volunteers for cultural organizations across the Charlotte community.

For more information about the Arts and Science Council, visit their website.

North Carolina Community Foundation (Futrell-Mauldin Fund)

Sam Johnson and Deborah Sperati are heavily involved with the Futrull-Mauldin Fund, which is an affiliate fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Sam serves as the chairman and Deborah serves as the vice chairman. They have been on the board of directors for over a decade and give our approximately $40,000 each year to local charities.

For more information on the Futrell-Mauldin Fund, visit their website.


SAFEchild (Stop Abuse For Every child) supports a mission to eliminate child abuse in Wake County by providing parenting programs and running the SAFEchild Advocacy Center.

For more information about SAFEchild and how you can help, visit their website.

Safe Alliance

Through the domestic violence shelter, the Greater Charlotte Hope Line, legal representation of victims, the sexual trauma resource center, and many other resources, Safe Alliance works to provide support and services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Attorney Nick Tosco joined the Safe Alliance board in 2017 because he saw first-hand how much of an impact Safe Alliance can make in the lives of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since his wife works at Safe Alliance.

For more information about Safe Alliance and how you can help, visit their website.