How Cohen & Co. goes the extra mile Featured

7:01pm EDT November 30, 2011
How Cohen & Co. goes the extra mile

While it’s often heard that companies feel it is important to give back to local communities, Cohen & Co. puts a new twist on that.

For the firm’s flagship project, working with the United Way, it commits to not only running the local campaign but to a goal of achieving at least a 5 percent increase over the previous year’s results.

Under the leadership of Randall S. Myeroff, president and CEO, the accounting firm received the Pacesetter Award from the United Way. Cohen & Co. devotes an entire week for employees to participate in fundraising activities for the charity. Employees make donations to participate in things like the 50/50 raffle, ice cream social and game days. During United Way week, an online auction is held in which items donated by the firm’s partners and other management team members are sold to the highest bidders. Items range from tickets to sports events to a chance to sit in the booth with a radio personality.

Another project includes participation in the Day of Caring volunteer day. Employees from all Ohio locations volunteer at organizations within their communities and receive a day’s pay, as well.

Employees support communities in a variety of other ways. They are encouraged to participate in civic, charitable, business and professional organizations.

“As with the United Way, our employees get personally involved because they care, not because it adds something to their resumes,” Myeroff says.

As part of its internship program, the firm involves interns and staff on a day of service at the Cleveland Foodbank, working on the assembly line.

The company also helps out financially. More than $250,000 was given in 2010 to organizations ranging from Adoption Network Cleveland to Youngstown State University.

HOW TO REACH: Cohen & Co., (216) 774-1139 or www.cohencpa.com