What We Do for Our Local Communities

Giving Back to the Local Community

Since 1982, the legal professionals at the Law Office of Edward A. Smith (AutoAccident.com) have fiercely advocated on behalf of injured residents of Sacramento and other Northern California cities. In keeping with our community-oriented ethos, the attorneys and staff employed by our firm have engaged in numerous service projects throughout our region.  Below are some ways the staff at AutoAccident.com have worked to give back to the local community:

Golf & Guitars - a KNCI Music Festival

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AutoAccident.com was one of the sponsors of the 14th annual Golf & Guitars KNCI Music Festival. The Morton Golf Foundation and KNCI 105.1 FM teamed up to host the two-day event held on October 17-18, 2022, at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.

The Golf & Guitars Celebrity-Am Tournament and Children's Charity Concert event featured some of Nashville's greatest Country music stars to raise funds for several children's charities in Sacramento.

It was a fun-filled day on the golf course as golfers played alongside Country music artists, who participated in the tournament before taking center stage and performing in an acoustic concert under the stars.

The Golf & Guitars events benefit the Morton Golf Foundation, which helps to enrich the lives of hundreds of underserved children annually. Since 2008, the popular outdoor event has raised more than $1.5 million for children's programs.

Read our blog post on the Golf & Guitars event.

Pandemic Food Assistance

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In May 2020, the folks at AutoAccident.com recognized that many vulnerable residents within our community were having trouble getting out and getting groceries due to COVID-19 quarantine orders. We wanted to figure out a way to help at a grass-roots level, so our firm started a food assistance program for our clients (both past and present). We offered to purchase and deliver up to $100 worth of groceries to their homes at no cost. The press release about this program can be read here.

College Scholarships

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Our staff at AutoAccident.com believe in helping deserving students reach their highest potential. We provide scholarships to help students obtain the education they may not have access to otherwise. Over the years, we have awarded several scholarships to high school seniors and college students. 

Below are our most recent awards:

  • Click here to read "Seven Moves Ahead," the winning entry in our 2020 scholarship essay contest.
  • A talented dancer was awarded our 2021 Art of Healing scholarship after she submitted a stunning video entry.
  • Currently, our firm is accepting essay entries for the Joanne Norris Scholarship. Entries are due by December 31, 2021. Additional information about this pending scholarship can be found here.
Supporting Schools and Youth Sports

AutoAccident.com has sponsored several local schools and youth organizations, including:

  • El Camino Stingrays Swim Team (2017)
  • Laguna Creek High School (2018)
  • Foothill High School (2019)
Operation Valentine

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In February 2020, AutoAccident.com participated in Operation Valentine, an opportunity to honor 104-year-old World War II veteran "Major Bill" White. 

“Major Bill” White is a 104- year-old veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War II.  He made a request for Valentine’s Day cards in January. That request was heard by one of White's friends, who created a social media campaign dubbed “Operation Valentine.”   

Read our story about our special visit with this American hero in our blog post on the subject.

Shriners Trunk or Treat

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In October 2019, our firm hosted a booth filled with candy and treats at the Trunk or Treat event benefitting Shriners Hospital. The mission of Shriner's Hospital is to provide the best quality health care to children with various medical challenges, including orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and neuromuscular conditions, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and craniofacial disorders. This top-quality medical care is provided regardless of the patient's family's ability to pay. Through the generosity of donors, Shriner's Hospital has helped over one million children lead more fulfilling lives.

Wreaths Across America

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In December 2018, staff from AutoAccident.com volunteered at Wreaths Across America at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetary, located 20 miles west of Sacramento, in Dixon. Every year volunteers gather at veteran cemeteries across the nation to lay commemorative wreaths at each gravesite. It's a great way to honor the service of a loved one and remember their sacrifice by sponsoring a wreath in their honor or memory. 

The mission statement of the Wreaths Across American organization is multi-fold:

  • To remember fallen American veterans.
  • To honor those who have served.
  • To teach our children the value of freedom
Fundraising Road Races

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Many members of our firm regularly participate in community road races that benefit several causes - including Run to Feed the Hungry and the Walk to End Alzheimer's

We have also participated as a team in the Walk for Thought, a fundraiser for brain injuries, a cause near our hearts because we have so many affected clients.

Reduced Attorney Fees for Veterans

The founder of AutoAccident.com, Edward A. Smith, served in the U.S. Air Force airborne division during the Vietnam War. Our firm offers veterans a reduced attorney's fee of 25% if the case can be settled outside of litigation (before a lawsuit is filed) to honor those who have served. 

Continuing Service

The nation continues to slowly emerge from the restrictions enacted in response to the pandemic. Our staff is looking forward to engaging in additional activities that benefit our community as more and more organizations return to their regular fundraising and volunteer efforts. To keep up with our ongoing community service endeavors, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Images by Cha, DS, Lisa, Olya Adamovich, Мария Ткачук from Pixabay 

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