Sequoia Financial Group, LLC (Sequoia) has been named a recipient of the 2012 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service. The awards, developed by Smart Business magazine and Medical Mutual, honor businesses and individuals who go beyond the minimum expectation of community service.

The program is designed to demonstrate the tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds and showcase best practices. The Pillar Awards seek to publicize the importance of community service issues, such as philanthropy and volunteerism, while sharing creative ideas about how companies have a positive impact in their communities.

“We are honored to serve our communities and be recognized by a program that encourages and strengthens a culture of community service in our region,” said Thomas Haught, president of Sequoia Financial Group, LLC. “In addition to firm-wide efforts, we support employees in their individual volunteer activities. We’re proud to see that our service philosophy extends well beyond the walls of our business.”

Last year, Sequoia provided assistance to a number of organizations by providing financial contributions and volunteering time. Sequoia supported the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank through a challenge gift, which resulted in a successful campaign and 820 new donors. The firm also contributed to local organizations such as, the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation, the Akron Children’s Hospital, the Kylie Jane Long Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sequoia also dedicated two days to helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. Members of the firm split up into two teams, each spending a day helping the dream of homeownership come true for a local family. Employees from both our Akron and Cleveland offices spent a single day participating in United Way’s Day of Caring, supporting organizations in their local communities by landscaping and painting. The firm also adopted a family through Violet’s Cupboard, an Akron-based organization that focuses on improving the quality of daily life for those infected with HIV/AIDS and their families.

The Pillar Award embraces a broad definition of community service. It may consist of charitable giving, volunteerism, pro bono work or other forms of giving back. Service may be limited to a single organization or cause, or spread across numerous organizations and causes. Each nominee was judged based on impact relative to its size and strength rather than overall size of the contribution or effort.

Nominees must have a presence in the 11-county region of northeast Ohio (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne) to be eligible for a Pillar Award.

To read more about Sequoia’s community service initiatives, visit http://www.sbnonline.com/2012/12/2012-pillar-thomas-haught-president-sequoia-financial-group-llc/.