When attorneys Mike and Claire Hancock and their dedicated staff aren’t working to bring your case to a satisfying conclusion, the family-owned practice is busy paying it forward. When their goal is to be recognized as “Carrollwood’s neighborhood attorney,” they understand the importance of giving back and extending a helping hand directly into their neighborhood.
In 2018, the practice founded the campaign “Care”ollwood: 1% for giving, providing 1% of its revenue to local Carrollwood organizations. A percent may not sound significant, but when you consider the industry, the donation is substantial.
“We plan to give back $10,000 to the community, with half going to the Community Food Pantry,” said Mike.
The Community Food Pantry of Carrollwood/Northdale operated by the Village Presbyterian Church, helped feed over 37,000 residents in 2017. They anticipate even more need in 2018, with over a third of its clients being children. Monthly, the Pantry gives its clients the dignity of being able “shop” like in a normal grocery store with no predetermined bag of groceries. They also provide needed emotional support, blood pressure screenings, and information on social services.
“We’re gold sponsors for the Food Pantry. They are right down the street and they feed those that are food insecure. There’s a lot of people who are food insecure in our community, and that’s why we support them. We recently were the event sponsors for their Denim & Diamonds sit-down dinner event that raised over twenty thousand dollars in conjunction with Give Day,” said Gabrielle Piloto, director of marketing. “It precursors Give Day, so it helps people get pumped up for Give Day. We were also one of their Give Day sponsors this year. We are doing a lot with the Food Pantry.”
During May 1st Give Day Tampa Bay, where all of Tampa Bay is encouraged to donate to their favorite nonprofit charities – 423 participated for 24 hours, the firm sponsored Hancock Hat Trick. During three hours of the Give Day event, the firm matched donations from the community. Give Day donations provided over $20,000 to the community pantry.
The firm is also proud to support the Tampa Police Department and was a Silver Sponsor for their Hot Shots for Charity skeet shooting event, supporting Rise Tampa Bay which provides training and new technology for the Tampa Police Department, as well as, student scholarships.
“This is the second year they did this and it’s kind of billed as City Hall versus the Tampa Police Department. You have the chief of police and his team and the mayor and his team competing against one another. There’s about 200 people out there. This year, it was funny – they tied,” said Mike.
They helped Tactical Response Team (TRT) go to their SWAT Round Up event where they learn and perform SWAT skills. Hancock Injury Attorneys is featured in their annual calendar and agenda. By advertising, they are able to benefit the Tampa Police Benevolent Association.
The daughter of a past client reached out and asked the firm to participate in the Walk to End Lupus campaign and the couple and their staff did not hesitate to support the worthy event.
Mike and Claire also are great supporters of the arts in Carrollwood, featured as a season advertising sponsor of Tampa’s oldest community theatre, Carrollwood Players Theatre.
If that isn’t enough to show how much they love and appreciate their Carrollwood community, for this past St. Patrick’s Day and again for Independence Day 2018, the practice is sponsoring Stay Safe – free rides home in Tampa to prevent anyone intoxicated from getting behind the wheel after a day and/or night of celebrating. The firm will reimburse the riders the cost of Uber, Lyft, or taxi ride on July 4th.
To qualify, the driver must be over 21, traveling within Tampa, limited to one reimbursement per household.
Mike and Claire are very experienced helping clients deal with the repercussions of being injured by impaired drivers. This is the firm’s opportunity to lend a hand to prevent the accidents that cause them.
“We want the community to take us up on this offer,” said Mike. “We want to get you home safe.”
Whether walking to show support for finding a cure of a terrible disease, providing a helping hand to a food pantry that serves thousands in the Carrollwood community, helping the officers and TRT teams that protect it, or the community theatre that entertains it, Mike, Claire and their caring team are proud to be “Carrollwood’s neighborhood attorney,” going above and beyond, caring for and giving back to the community in which they work and live.
To learn more about “Care”ollwood: 1% for Giving , visit https://www.lawhancock.com/about/1-for-carrollwood/ or register for the 4th of July Stay Safe program, visit https://www.lawhancock.com/stay-safe/.