Senior Stands Out at KPMG Co-op with Commitment to Community Service


The Gulf States were recently hit hard by Hurricane Isaac, which coincidentally touched down in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. While the destruction caused by Isaac didn’t match that caused by Katrina, the storm still proved devastating to many residents who are still trying to rebuild from Katrina and even Rita, which hit in 2007.

Widener senior Tom Hunter saw firsthand how these natural disasters have impacted New Orleans communities. Hunter ehunterarned a trip to the city through his spring co-op site, KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms internationally. He was selected after leading a group of seven interns from the KPMG Philadelphia office in a fundraising contest to support the nonprofit organization FirstBook, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of education for children in need and has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources across the United States.

Hunter and his team, the KPMG Office Warriors, competed against 1,500 other KPMG interns from across the country and eventually emerged on top after eight weeks of competition. They raised a total of $2,500 for FirstBook through a variety of office fundraisers. The most successful fundraiser invited all employees of KPMG’s Philadelphia office to take part in an after-work social gathering at a popular city restaurant.

This is the third year that KPMG has challenged its interns to the fundraising competition and then rewarded the winners with an all-expenses-paid trip to continue a community service project alongside KPMG senior leadership. Hunter’s group secured 8 of the 48 spots for the Summer 2012 trip. His Philly team joined other winning groups from Anchorage, Alaska, Boston, Dallas, Denver, and Long Island, N.Y.

In New Orleans, Hunter volunteered at one of the elementary schools that received minimal funding post-crisis. He helped rebuild and maintain parts of the school that desperately required attention. His proudest accomplishment was constructing an office out of a dilapidated broom closet for a school counselor who previously had no space to work with students.s challenged its interns to the fundraising competition and then rewarded the winners with an all-expenses-paid trip to continue a community service project alongside KPMG senior leadership. Hunter’s group secured 8 of the 48 spots for the Summer 2012 trip. His Philly team joined other winning groups from Anchorage, Alaska, Boston, Dallas, Denver, and Long Island, N.Y.

“Working alongside high-ranking KPMG executives was highly rewarding, especially seeing their commitment to making a difference,” said Hunter. “Coming from Widener, where community service is a way of life, it is inspiring to see others living out the Widener philosophy. This philosophy can leave a lasting impression on those around you and is always rewarded in its own small merits. This time it just happened to be a big reward.”

Hunter will return to KPMG to work full time starting September 2013 in the tax department. He is on track to graduate from Widener’s School of Business Administration in the spring with a degree in accounting and economics and a concentration in financial services. 

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