Attorneys Charlie Hodge and Ryan Langley are very active in the community. Ryan says: “We believe in giving back to those in need in Spartanburg not just as part of our business, but as part of our calling. As it says in the Gospel, ‘even the son of man came to serve not to be served.’” Ryan tries to live this out as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, as the vice chair of the Tyger River Chapel Foundation, and on the Faith Initiative to end child poverty in Spartanburg. He’s a current board member of the Charles Lea Foundation and a former advisor for a number of non-profits, including the Salvation Army, the Hope Center for Children, and the Spartanburg Art Museum.
Charlie is equally engaged, serving in numerous organizations including the USC Upstate Foundation Board, First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Coastal Carolina, the Chairman of the Coastal Carolina Housing Foundation, the Chairman of The Haven in Spartanburg, and a Board Member for the Red Cross. Charlie, a 45 year multi-type-rated pilot, has done a number of Angel Flights for those with medical needs who are otherwise unable to afford the travel.
Recently, in support of those suffering from cancer, Charlie rappelled “OVER THE EDGE” as part of an event for the Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The funds raised supported services for local cancer patients in the Upstate.
“Contributing your time to support and care for those around you is exceptionally valuable, both for you and your community,” says Hodge.
We often encourage our injured clients (that are physically able to do so) to volunteer as part of their healing and recovery process. Those that do often see both physical and mental health benefits. Statistically, individuals who have volunteered throughout their lifetime often live longer and with a more positive outlook on life. We believe, as the statistics show, that volunteering gives a sense of purpose and fulfillment from contributing meaningfully to society.