Hoover company honored with big award

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - A Hoover company is getting big honors for the volunteer work they do. The accounting firm of Barfield, Murphy, Shank and Smith was named as one of three companies to receive the 2009 Southern Heroes award.  The award is sponsored by SouthernLINC wireless.  BMSS has undertaken major volunteer efforts over the years. For the last three years, the company has sponsored a Habitat for Humanity house.   They also sponsor the Childrens Aide Society, The Arthritis Foundation and the Association for Retired Citizens.  "We thought that was really putting their money where their mouth is and that stood out to the panel of judges," said Jamie Schaff of SouthernLINC Wireless.

New this year, the company is sponsoring what they call "silver bullet days." They give employees four paid days to go out and volunteer.  One day they must work on the Habitat house but they can choose where they would like to spend the remaining days.  "We think it's just a good way to give back to the community.  We're all part of the community," said shareholder Dianne Hart.  "[Our employees have] loved it," shareholder Myra Roberts chimed in.  "They've enjoyed going out and doing things that are important to them."

The award will also include a 2009-dollar check which b-m-s-s will give to one of the groups they currently sponsor.  Roberts says she hopes BMSS sets an example for others across the city.  "We just encourage other companies in the area to get involved because it does come back."