2013 Day of Service
Pro Bono

Day of Service

Day of Service, a Jones Day community service event, is spreading among our offices across the globe. Almost half of our offices hosted a Day of Service in 2012. Jones Day expanded the Day of Service in 2013 to every office, with each office selecting a project appropriate for the office and their community.
Jones Day Atlanta

Atlanta
The Atlanta Office of global law firm Jones Day dedicated its second annual Day of Service to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on July 11, 2013. Thirty-five lawyers and staff members inspected, sorted, weighed, and packed 8,061 pounds of rescued food products, enough to feed 5,374 individuals. The re-packaged foods will be distributed among the Food Bank’s hundreds of partner agencies that serve hungry families in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. Including the Food & Fund drive for donations, food, and household goods, Jones Day raised more than $3,700 for the Food Bank and an additional 121 pounds of food. "Our annual Day of Service is one of many ways Jones Day is committed to supporting all of the communities around the world in which we live and practice," said Lillian Caudle, the Atlanta Office's partner-in-charge of pro bono. "We are used to working hard as a team for our clients, and it was a joy to see that teamwork in action as we packed thousands of pounds of food for hungry families in the Atlanta area." Every year the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes over 35 million pounds of grocery products. For every dollar that the Food Bank receives, it is able to provide $8.47 worth of groceries.
 
 Jones Day Beijing Day of Service 2013
Beijing
Following last year's Day of Service with Sun Village, Jones Day Beijing this year organized a trip to the Beijing Aquarium for the children of Beijing Sun Village on Sunday, October 20. Jones Day lawyers and staff, four teachers and 10 Sun Village children age 5-15 participated in the trip. Accompanied by Jones Day volunteers, the children gazed and wondered at colorful freshwater and saltwater fish, glowing jellyfish and flashy sea creatures. The dolphin and sea lion show was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip. Sun Village is China’s first non-governmental organization providing care and education for the children of convicts. It has been home to 5,000 children from all across China over the last 18 years. There are about 100 children residing at the Village in Beijing.
 
Jones Day Boston
Boston
14 volunteers from Jones Day Boston, along with several enthusiastic (or at least bribe-able) family members and significant others participated in the Office’s Third Annual Day of Service at the Mission Grammar School on Saturday, June 29. High humidity and the persistent smell of bleach and paint fumes did not dampen the spirits of 28 cheerful volunteers as they tackled an impressive list of chores to prepare the school for next fall. The school is most grateful for the well-organized closets, bare bulletin boards, new classroom setups, thoroughly clean desks, and two fresh coats of paint on several walls of the ENORMOUS cafeteria. The photos just don't do justice to the amount of good the team accomplished in three hours.
 
 Jones Day Brussels Day of Service 2013
 
Brussels
Jones Day Brussels’ inaugural Day of Service on October 12 was a real success with over 20 Jones Day lawyers/staff participating in this day-long project. The office worked with Serve the City (http://www.servethecity.be/brussels/) who had identified Fedasil, an asylum-seekers shelter serving both adults and children, as the venue for the day. Projects at the Fedasil shelter included repainting a common area, gardening (including planting new bushes and heather plants, as well as plenty of weeding and trimming), playing games/soccer with kids, introducing the kids to Halloween with an arts and crafts project and a candy hunt in the newly beautified garden. The residents of Fedasil served the volunteers a wonderful lunch, accompanied by live music from a mother/son guitarist team. The interaction between all the volunteers and Fedasil residents/staff was extremely positive, and some from the Jones Day team have suggested dedicating their Day of Service to Fedasil again next year, as well as exploring possible volunteer opportunities with the shelter throughout the year.
 
 Chicago Jones Day
Chicago
Once again, the Chicago office participated in two Day of Service events. On Saturday, June 15, fifteen members of the Chicago office joined thousands of other professionals at the 20th annual Chicago Cares Servathon. The Jones Day team spent the day cleaning, scraping, and painting the two very long main halls on the first floor of a grade school in the Kenwood neighborhood. In addition to the Chicago Cares event, the Chicago office partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation on July 21. Jones Day volunteers participated with one of the flagship programs of the Foundation, the Great Escapes™ program, sailing Lake Michigan with the families and enjoying the views of the city skyline from the Odyssey boat. The program allows families to participate in activities that often would be out of the families' reach, either due to financial reasons (having a seriously ill child can quickly sap a family's resources) or practical ones.
 
 Jones Day Cleveland Day of Service
Cleveland
Jones Day Cleveland summer associates participated in the 7th annual "Summer of Service" event on July 12, 2013, organized by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. 200 young professionals from 10 local businesses lent a hand in Ohio City, volunteering at various projects in local communities, such as weeding at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities - Ohio City Urban Farm which is an agriculture employment program providing work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, and cleaning a recently acquired house that will host Urban Community Schools' new after-school program. The event proved successful in providing the chance to not only volunteer in a local community, but also network with other young professionals.
 
 Columbus Jones Day
Columbus
On Saturday, June 15, over 75 volunteers showed up to work for their Second Annual Columbus Office Day of Service at St. Stephen's. St. Stephen's is a critical resource as a direct community provider focusing on five core areas: child care, family services, senior services, youth services, and neighborhood services. Michelle Mills, St. Stephen's CEO and Columbus City Council Member, encouraged the volunteers in her welcoming remarks. The teams weeded and mulched the entire property, painted light posts, curbs and striped parking spots, including handicap parking decals, washed a fleet of vans (a task that took a leaf blower to get the interiors even ready for washing), and cleaned and reorganized the Family to Family closet. The Columbus Office's food donations will also help restock their pantry. The staff at St. Stephen's could not have been happier or more appreciative. Without the volunteers, they would have had to pay to have all of the projects accomplished: from the raw materials to the labor. It was wonderful to see all aspects of our Jones Day community -- staff, summer associates (the group with 100% participation) , lawyers and extended family members-- working together for such a great cause.
 
 Dallas Jones Day
Dallas
The Dallas Office chose Bright Star Youth Academy as their Day of Service project held on Saturday, June 22nd. Bright Star Youth Academy is a residential treatment center for young girls who are suffering from emotional disorders as a result of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Bright Star is the only residential treatment center in North Texas licensed and contracted with the Department of Family and Protective Services to serve this specialized population of girls. These girls are able to live at Bright Star, get treatment and educational services as needed, and hopefully after an average stay of 180 days be placed in foster care. Bright Star currently can only care for 15 girls but are hoping that, with our help, by July 1 they will be able to accept an additional 10 girls. We assisted Bright Star by helping to get rooms ready for the new girls and to help make them welcome. The Jones Day crew painted and cleaned five rooms that are being turned into bedrooms (each room will sleep 3-4 girls). In addition, we provided breakfast and lunch for the residents and staff at Bright Star, cleaned up the outside patio area, cleaning tables and chairs, and placing new flowers around the patio. Another team cleaned all of the windows and sprayed them with a frosted window treatment to provide security and privacy for the girls while still allowing for light in to each room. We had a tremendous showing of support for this organization with over 50 Jones Day lawyers, staff, spouses, children and friends organized into teams to get the job done! On the Friday before the Day of Service, the Dallas office hosted a "Jeans Day" to raise additional money to donate directly to Bright Star. Through personal contributions, we were able to make a substantial financial contribution so that Bright Star could purchase new beds and bedding for the additional new residents.
 
 Jones Day Dubai
Dubai
On Saturday, 9 November 2013, the Jones Day Dubai office dedicated its annual Day of Service to the Dubai Safe Centre for Autism & Asperger's Syndrome. The Safe Centre is a Dubai based day centre for children at the high end of the Autistic spectrum, with Asperger's Syndrome and its associated difficulties. The Safe Centre provides a specialist education and a wide range of disciplines including speech and language therapy, behavioural, occupational, play and music therapy. They are the only Autism school in the UAE to offer the K12 programme, from which children can move into the main stream school programme. On the morning of the 9th, 13 lawyers and staff members met with the staff and the children of the Safe Centre and were each assigned to a child to look after for the day. We then made our way 45 minutes out of Dubai to the Al Tamimi Stables where the children had the pleasure of horse riding, feeding the animals at the petting zoo, and getting very creative at the arts and crafts area! After our time at the Stables, we then headed back to the Safe Centre where we learned more about the school and Autism in general. The Dubai office Day of Service was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we look forward to similar initiatives in the future.
 
 
Hong Kong
On Thursday 5 December 2013, thirteen lawyers from the Jones Day Hong Kong office took a group of adults, who are each recovering from mental illness, from the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, to a Camp in Yuen Long country park for a beautiful day of team building games and outdoor adventure training. Each participant took a giant leap at crossing some new boundaries (there were some serious heights involved!) and the teamwork between Jones Day and New Life was really inspiring to see. Great fun was had by all.
 
 Jones Day Houston Day of Service
Houston
Nearly 70 attorneys, staff, family and friends of Jones Day's Houston Office spent September 7th helping to clean up Buffalo Bayou, one of the city's great natural treasures.   Working with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a non-profit coalition dedicated to transforming and revitalizing this natural resource, the Jones Day group cleared trails and removed trash, while some of the younger volunteers made wild flower seed balls that will be used to revitalize the area.  "Jones Day's Day of Service is a Firmwide tradition of investing sweat equity in the communities in which we live and work," said Nancy MacKimm, Partner-in-Charge of the Houston Office. "Despite a sudden Houston thunderstorm that sent the volunteers looking for cover, we managed to clear the accumulated garbage and weeds and had some fun in the process." The BBP has raised and leveraged more than $80 million for the Buffalo Bayou’s revitalization over the last 15 years. 
 
 Jones Day Irvine Day of Service
Irvine
On July 1, 2013, lawyers and staff members from the Irvine office of Jones Day volunteered their Saturday morning and literally rolled up their sleeves to help improve the facilities of The Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach.

The Friendship Shelter is a non-profit residential shelter dedicated to serving homeless men and women in Orange County. Its goal is to help homeless people regain self-sufficiency and become more productive members of the community. For more information, please go to www.friendshipshelter.org.

Jones Day provided a team of 25 employees who helped improve the facilities by painting, renovating and furnishing a number of rooms throughout the shelter. The project was part of Jones Day's "Day of Service" campaign, in which Jones Day offices worldwide dedicate a special day each year to a community service event. The purpose of the initiative is for Jones Day employees to invest their time to improve the communities in which they live and work.
 
 Jones Day London
London
On Saturday June 29, approximately 25 staff from the Jones Day London office descended on the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea for their 2013 Day of Service. The team worked together to re-paint and rejuvenate the Katherine Low Settlement in anticipation of the the community center's 90th anniversary next year. The Katherine Low Settlement is a multi-purpose community and social action center which is dedicated to fighting the effects of poverty and isolation. The center provides a home for a range of local organizations and groups which play a positive role in the local community and is a source of support for vulnerable people in the community, such as the elderly, young caregivers, and young adults with disabilities. The center also runs a variety of projects for children in the community and works closely with several schools in the area. More information about the Katherine Low Settlement and the work they carry out is available on their website. Jones Day London's Day of Service 2013 was organized in partnership with City Year, the London office charity of the year. More information about City Year and the work they do is available here. Sebastian Orton, London's pro-bono partner, said of the day: "It was great to have the opportunity to work as a team and alongside City Year corps to make a valuable contribution to the local community!" 
 
 Jones Day Los Angeles Day of Service
Los Angeles
LA Office "Jones Day of Service" a Huge Success
On Saturday, October 5, more than fifty staff and attorneys from the Los Angeles office spent the day at Anton Elementary school in East Los Angeles. They painted several murals (images from classic children's books now cover the walls of the kindergarten play area). In addition, they built several amenities for the school like colorful picnic tables and planter boxes so the kids can garden. The non-profit group LA Works helped organize the event. It was a great success - - as good deeds were done and good fun was had!
 
 Jones Day Madrid
Madrid
On October 26, the Madrid office celebrated a wonderful Day of Service with nearly 100 children from a national children's charity called Nuevo Futuro (or New Future). This charity takes children in precarious home situations and provides a home alongside other children in apartments which ensures they are totally integrated into society and cared for. Jones Day volunteers took the children from Madrid to the Warner Brothers Attraction Park and spent a fun-filled day with children as young as 6 and as old as 17. The day was a complete success. One of the objectives, as well as spending a day with the children, was to help forge stronger links between volunteers and children in the hope that the relationship would last longer than just one day. In fact, two volunteers from JD have already been in contact with the homes with whom they spent the day and hope to help out in some further way.
 
 Jones Day New York
New York
On Saturday, July 13, 2013 Jones Day New York volunteers joined the continuing effort to restore areas of New York City affected by Superstorm Sandy last fall. For the third annual NY Day of Service, 28 volunteers including attorneys, summer associates, and staff spent the day at Springfield Park in Queens, NY. Volunteers assisted with the restoration of the park by painting park fences, benches, light poles and even trash cans, as well as weeding overgrown plantings and brush, and picking up litter. The park staff was very grateful for the volunteers' work, and noted that only three park staff are designated to the five acre Springfield Park, and those same staff members also service two other nearby parks. Needless to say, resources are slim and the tasks volunteers carried out would have simply not gotten done without them. New York Cares, a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of volunteerism in the city helped to facilitate the project. The success of the project has sparked a continuing relationship with NY Cares, and the New York Office is sponsoring additional volunteer training for our lawyers and staff.
 
 Pittsburgh Jones Day
Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh office spent their Day of Service supporting Project C.H.U.C.K. through the Best of the Batch Foundation. The Best of the Batch Foundation was founded by Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch. The Foundation's goal is to provide financially challenged youth and their families with the purpose, desire and resources to give their best efforts in all they do throughout their lives. Project C.H.U.C.K. (which stands for Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids) is for boys and girls ages 7-18 years old. For six weeks, participants play basketball games with the ultimate goal of advancing in the playoffs and to the championship game. They are required to attend study sessions in order to participate in the games. In addition to providing children with something to do, Project C.H.U.C.K. teaches them discipline, self-confidence, team orientation, and the fundamental skills of basketball, all while having a great time.

Jones Day helped in numerous ways. A crew of 9 volunteers worked in the morning cleaning up the playground by pulling weeds, picking up trash, planting flowers and painting. In the evening, 30 volunteers spent their time refereeing the games, keeping score, working the study halls, and handing out drinks and snacks to the players. They also promoted the United Way of Allegheny County fit United program by providing healthy snacks, and passing out jump ropes and basketballs to some of the players. When the thunderstorms rolled in, everyone headed to the high school gym to finish the games.
 

 Jones Day San Diego Day of Service

San Diego
Lawyers and staff members from the San Diego Office of Jones Day volunteered their time on June 24 to help raise funds for a special Big Brothers Big Sisters program that benefits at-risk children of San Diego's military community. The event consisted of a BBQ dinner at Tailgate Park at PETCO Park, followed by the San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. The goal was to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County's Operation Bigs Military Mentoring program. Children with a parent in the military, including a deployed parent, face unique challenges that may include separation and loss in addition to the stresses of military life. To help provide the additional support these children need, Operation Bigs provides one-on-one mentoring that is so important to a child whose parent is deployed, will deploy or is just returning from a deployment. Jones Day provided a team of 15 employees who helped with event registration, food service, table bussing, and cash handling.
 
 Jones Day San Francisco
San Francisco
On Saturday morning July 13, thirty Jones Day San Francisco personnel, friends and family members worked a morning shift at the San Francisco Food Bank. Our group staffed an assembly line putting together Senior Food Boxes. Those boxes provide low-income Bay Area seniors with a monthly food supplement of canned meat, cereal, pasta, beans, boxed milk and canned fruit. This program serves about 11,000 Bay Area seniors each month. Our group, working like a well-oiled machine, assembled 1,725 boxes weighing in at 32,775 pounds. The San Francisco Food Bank relies on volunteers for the vast majority of their labor and it was our honor to contribute to this effort.
 
 
Silicon Valley
On June 15, the Silicon Valley office combined fun with work during its annual Day of Service, assisting the Marine Science Institute with research tasks during a half-day voyage on the San Francisco Bay. Forty-two SV volunteers worked side-by-side with the ship’s crew collecting data on the various fish that live in the Bay. We were able to net, measure and identify a large variety of fish, including bat rays, a leopard shark, sole and anchovies. The event, organized by Bill Freeman (SV Pro Bono Partner), Julie Gleaves, Linellen Camyre and Sarah Lyn Torres, was a huge success. Below is a link to the pictures of the event. Thanks to all who participated in one of the great traditions of our Firm. 
 
Washington Day of Service 
Washington
We were 118 strong at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on June 15, 2013. The weather could not have been more perfect - low 80's and lots of sunshine. A record-breaking liriope and Mondo grass plants were repotted by the Shade Lovers Team, and the parents came away as dirt covered as the children. The Johnny Appleseed Team succeeded in planting ten 10' maple trees and cleared 320 cubic feet of invasive species from the field. The Give a Dam Team hauled and dumped more wheelbarrows full of dirt than anyone wants to remember and planted native grasses to hold all that dirt in place along the dam sides. The Talking Trash Team had to go looking for trash, while the members of the team who were floating in canoes and kayaks brought in 15 bags, weighing 375 pounds which made their way to the dumpsters. The borders never looked prettier, thanks to the Run for the Borders Team's efforts. They prepared a 475 square foot new flower bed, removing sod and planting begonias and Mondo grasses. Over 400 impatiens were planted in the borders along the paths. The Water Waders Team, charged with thinning the water lily population in an eight foot boarder around the ponds, were easily recognized - wet and brown and icky - but with huge smiles. We finished off 210 sandwiches, three watermelons, 200 bags of chips, two trays of cookies, and copious amounts of water and other drinks. The Park employees and Friends of the Kenilworth Gardens said that we were, by far, the hardest working volunteers they had ever seen and they were duly impressed.
 
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