At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we strive to treat everyone like they are our neighbors. We believe in partnerships with our community and we share in each others’ struggles and triumphs.
By extending the hand of help to as many as we can, we hope to lift a spirit, further a dream or impact a future. We have been honored to be able to put our hands together for our neighbors.
KRW Kares: David's Legacy - Don't Bully Me!
The law firm of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund is helping combat cyberbullying by volunteering their legal services as part of our Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project. DBM is possible due to the amazing volunteer attorneys who donate their time to assist in situations when minors are involved in serious incidents of bullying.
Mitchell Chang Foundation: 5k Run
The attorneys & staff from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund participated in The Mitchell Chang Foundation’s inaugural 5k for Inclusive Play! The 5k was a great success and we were able to assist our local community in creating a playground where children of all abilities are able to have fun and play at Classen-Steubing Ranch Park, the City of San Antonio’s first inclusive public playground. This pirate-themed, destination playground will meet developmental needs for all children and provide equal, interactive play for children of all abilities.
KRW Kares: Christmas Project
The joy of giving is always greatest during the holiday season, and the team at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund was happy to spend this time giving back to the communities that the firm serves. Through its first KRW Kares Christmas Project, the firm was able to touch the lives of several families throughout Texas.
The law firm kicked off the Christmas Project by setting up a “money tree” at the employee Christmas party, where 45 employees donated a total of $4,000. The donations were a great start to what the firm hopes will turn into an annual giving campaign.
‘We Experienced What Money Could Never Buy’
Kelli Franco and Audri Kerr had the fortune of delivering a bundle of presents to a family of six in Austin. The firm had connected with the family through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
Kelli and Audri were touched by the family’s unconditional love and genuine support for one another, despite their difficult circumstances.
“The overwhelming response of gratitude was immediately felt the moment we delivered the gifts to their home. After welcoming us in, the children were able to open up one gift each, saving the rest for Christmas Day.
It was in those moments that we experienced what money could never buy,” Kelli and Audri said. “We left their home with our hearts imprinted forever. The joy we were able to bring them on behalf of KRW is something this family, and ours, will never forget.”
‘His Gratefulness Filled Our Hearts with Joy and Eyes with Tears’
The law firm’s San Antonio office chose to help a young single father who works at a local IHOP to support his 2-year-old son. The hardworking, humble young man has a positive attitude and is working hard to turn his life around. In addition to his job at IHOP, he is working his way through barber school in hopes of opening his own barber shop one day to give him and his son a better future.
Stefanie Suarez went as part of a group from the KRW Kares committee to deliver a basket of clothing, toys, and other necessities for the man’s son, along with several gift cards for the young father. “When these gifts were presented to him, he was speechless,” she said. “The young man was extremely appreciative and emotional. His gratefulness filled our hearts with joy and eyes with tears. Being able to witness this first hand truly defined the meaning of Christmas.”
A Continued Commitment to Service
Overall, the team at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund is proud to have touched the lives of so many local families through its KRW Kares Christmas Project. To wrap up its first year of the project, the KRW Kares committee also partnered with Harmony Hills Elementary School to donate peanut butter and jelly and blankets to help both the students and the less fortunate through the winter break.
In the end, everyone who participated agreed that the Christmas Project was a great addition to the KRW Kares community initiatives. “As an attorney, I help people deal with life’s challenges every day, but this particular experience reminded me how fulfilling it is to help people outside of my professional work as well,” firm associate Jack Hurd said.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Every year since 2007, Ketterman Rowland & Westlund has contributed to the Junior Commercial Steer Show. This show is a contest for young adults providing a learning experience emphasizing selection, record keeping, animal health, industry standards, public speaking and technical knowledge. It’s truly a great program helping teach our youth about raising livestock and contributing to the well-being of our society.
National Teacher’s Appreciation Day
Each year, we celebrate National Teacher’s Appreciation Day. It’s a day to honor their hard work and dedication throughout the year. To show our appreciation, we provide lunch to the teachers and staff at a local elementary school for the day, and make fun gift baskets for some lucky winners. We continue supporting our teachers all year long and look forward to meeting with them again!
Cardboard Kids by ChildSafe
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. To raise awareness, we display the Cardboard Kids provided by ChildSafe for the entire month of April. Each cardboard displayed a name of a child who was a victim in Bexar County. Our staff help to spread the word by uploading numerous pictures on social media. It’s a very meaningful campaign and we enjoy being a part of it.
Walk to End Lupus
Our staff joins together to represent Ketterman Rowland & Westlund in the Walk to End Lupus. With thousands of people to support the cause, it is truly a great experience. Two of our own employees live with Lupus today. We enjoy joining the community to support them and everyone else who suffers from Lupus. We look forward to participating and supporting those who are fighting to end this disease.
Community Justice Program
Ketterman Rowland & Westlund volunteers their time to the Community Justice Program (CJP) Family Law Clinic every year. The CJP provides help to individuals and families who are in need of legal help, but can’t afford the costs of legal services. These individuals are in dire need and meet certain poverty guidelines. We are truly grateful to be helping others in need, and look forward to participating each year and helping other individuals in need.
Every year we donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This foundation grants wishes to children that are undergoing difficult medical treatments. Helping grant these children’s wishes is truly life-changing for all of us.
Elementary School Speaking
In February, our attorneys visited a local elementary school to talk to our youth about education and career goals. We believe that leadership starts at a young age, and is built by making good decisions, choosing the right direction in life, and being a good example for others to follow.