Celebrating Giving Tuesday with Practicing with Purpose

This Giving Tuesday, we are thrilled to announce the selection of two start-up organizations for Practicing with Purpose, 321 Coffee and Durham Success Summit! Both organizations align with Forrest Firm’s purpose to empower others to reach their full potential. They will each receive up to $5,000 in pro bono legal services provided by Forrest Firm attorneys, and $1,500 in accounting services provided by Durham-based accounting firm DMJ & Co., PLLC. 

321 Coffee is on a mission to demonstrate the value of an inclusive business model by employing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). CEO and co-founder, Lindsay Wrege, started 321 Coffee as a student at NC State when she was struck by the lack of employment opportunities for her childhood friends with disabilities. She resolved to change this by creating a dignified workspace for her friends and others with all kinds of abilities. Her inspiring model has resulted in a coffee shop at the NC State Farmers Market with four new locations in the works! The 321 team employs over 30 individuals with IDD today, and is hoping to expand to accommodate the 50 individuals with IDD who are currently on the waitlist to join their mission. 

African American men mentored

Durham Success Summit (DSS) is dedicated to empowering African American males ages 16-24 to successfully compete for leadership positions in their dream careers. Executive Director and Founder, Derek Rhodes, is a Durham native and Duke University graduate who quit his job at Microsoft to fulfill his deep desire to serve and uplift young African American males in his hometown. DSS serves through their Success Summit Scholars program, which enrolls a cohort of young men to receive valuable one-on-one and group mentorship from professionals of color in various industries. In addition, DSS holds an annual leadership conference dedicated to helping young African American men explore career opportunities, cultivate mentorship relationships, and gain confidence in their career visions. Since its inception in 2019, DSS has already served over 150 young men of color and engaged 50 committed speakers, mentors and coaches! 

Forrest Firm is honored to partner with these two incredible organizations to help build a strong legal foundation that furthers their missions for years to come. 

Want to join the Giving Tuesday celebration? Shop 321 Coffee’s online store for some delicious coffee here, or consider making a donation to Durham Success Summit here. Happy Giving!