Jones Day Pro Bono Day of Service 2015
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Day of Service 2015

"Day of Service" is a Jones Day community service event that has spread to our offices across the globe. Twenty-three of our 42 offices hosted a Day of Service in 2014 and we will expand the Day of Service in 2015 to every office, with each office selecting a project appropriate for the office and their community.

Jones Day's Atlanta Office dedicated its fourth annual Day of Service to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on July 9, 2015. Thirty-nine lawyers and staff members inspected, sorted, weighed, and packed 6,955 pounds of rescued food products, enough to provide 5,796 individual meals. 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. Jones Day also made a monetary donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The Atlanta Office supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank throughout the year. The Atlanta Office held a food drive in November, and in April, lawyers and staff competed in the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Georgia Legal Food Frenzy against other law firms, corporate law departments, legal organizations and law schools. The Office accumulated a total of 14,702 pounds of food in the competition, combined from food and monetary contributions.
For Christmas Eve, the Jones Day Beijing office lawyers, legal support personnel and staff visited orphans and disabled children at Beijing Guang Ai School in Shunyi county.

Beijing office staff packed Christmas bags with gifts including books, pencils, candies and gloves. One lawyer impersonated Santa Claus and distributed the gifts to each child at the school. Aside from the children's gifts, rice, flour and cooking oil were also delivered to the school.

Established in 2004, Beijing Guang Ai is a private school that shelters homeless and disabled children. In the past decade the school has expanded to provide schooling and a family environment for its children as well as shelter. More than 300 children have graduated from the school and entered society as happy, educated and productive citizens. Learn more about the school at the school website.
On June 27, 2015 members of the Boston office, along with enthusiastic family, participated in the Fifth Annual Day of Service at the Boston Cristo Rey School in the Savin Hill area of Dorchester.

The Cristo Rey Network is an association of 28 high schools that utilize an innovative work-study program to provide affordable education to more than 9,000 students nationwide. Every student at Boston Cristo Rey works five full days per month at more than 135 companies in Greater Boston to pay for most of the cost of their education and to gain professional experience. The School offers a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum that prepares every student to enter and graduate from college. 100% of graduates over the past four years have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

Our volunteers tackled an impressive list of chores, including cleaning out lockers, washing cars that the students use to drive to their work programs, painting, moving books and furniture.
Given the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, this year, the Brussels office decided to support the Red Cross refugee shelter in Uccle, which houses some 85 adults and children coming from countries such as Syria, Iraq, and the Ukraine. The residents also include a number of unaccompanied minors, who find themselves in Belgium without any parent or guardian.

Some 20 Jones Day participants, including some family members, turned out on Saturday, October 24 to take on various roles during our day of service. We repainted the shelter's television room, played soccer with teen residents, and took residents on a sightseeing trip of Brussels. For the younger children, we prepared for Halloween, including a candy hunt in a local park and a walk through a petting farm. The day was enjoyed by all, and we were happy to leave the shelter with a freshly painted TV room and decorations for Halloween.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 the Chicago office lawyers, summer associates and staff participated in an in-office service event packing goody bags for military personnel in conjunction with Operation Interdependence.

Office personnel packed Civilian Ration bags or "C-rats" which are individual quart-sized Ziploc bags that contain a personal note and a few treats such as candy, gum, ChapStick, trail mix, beef jerky, etc. These items are sent to deployed troops around the world with the most important item being the personal note expressing gratitude, care and concern. Firm personnel also had their extended families and children contribute notes and draw pictures to be included in the bags as well.

Operation Interdependence is a nationwide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a means for community members to support troops serving on the front lines, military families and veterans. Just over 2 million troops around the world have received C-rats from home including those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Djibouti (Eastern Africa), Germany and Japan.
On Saturday, July 11, Jones Day Columbus held its 4th annual Day of Service. Our project was held at the Milo Grogan Boys & Girls Club in downtown Columbus. The “Boys & Girls Club of Columbus” offers recreational and educational summer and after-school programs to youth ages 6 to 18. The summer programs work with over 3,800 inner-city youth annually.

Our Jones Day Columbus team of 80+ volunteers, comprised of lawyers, staff, summer associates, and our families, were able to make dramatic changes to the facility. Among the many needs of the facility where we could assist included: building a custom-built reading "tree house" with hand-sewn tree leaves that top the tree house; categorizing, organizing, labeling and re-shelving hundreds of learning center library books by age group and type, including donations collected in our Columbus office; assembling new book cases and providing all new classroom chairs; landscaping and planting gardens, repainting a faded parking lot, poles and outdoor areas; cleaning all furniture and transforming gum, marker, crayon and paint-covered desks, chairs and bookshelves into new pieces; weeding and cleaning the children's playground; repairing and installing new down spouts; installing a new building sign on an existing rock at the front of the property; installing a newly-purchased big screen TV for use in the learning center for the children's daily indoor exercise; installation of a custom-built wall box under the new TV for storage of controllers; installing new blinds; rebuilding and stocking the craft center; building new tables; setting up new work stations in the learning center for newly purchased laptops; installing, programming, and setting up new laptop computers and a printer; reorganizing and cleaning a donation storage room; and cleaning just about everything in sight!

The CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus reached out on Monday following our service day with her gratitude. She was amazed by the quality and care our team put into the project. She also said that her staff shared with her that our team was the most positive they have ever worked with on a volunteer project, and they hope we will return on many occasions to visit. We heard similar comments when we were on site. As in past years, we benefited from the many family members who gave up their first sunny Saturday in Columbus in a long time and joined the work.

We decided to capitalize on this effort by going back to the same site for next year's project with a focus on the recreational room for the older teens and a few additional areas, including the art room. In addition to our work at the Boys & Girls Club, we also worked with the Children's Hunger Alliance to purchase and fill with school supplies 100 book bags with money raised entirely through three jeans-day fundraisers.
The Houston office of Jones Day hosted its Day of Service on Saturday, May 30th. This year, our project was with Bennett's Bears, an organization that provides Build-a-Bears to children in local hospitals. The organization was founded by a family whose 18 month old son was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011.

Houston office attorneys, summer associates and staff spent the morning on Saturday, May 30th, building 67 Build-a-Bears. The founder of Bennett's Bears and Bennett himself were able to join us for the event. A few weeks later, volunteers from the Houston office visited hospital rooms at Texas Children's Hospital and dropped off 200 Build-a-Bears (including the 67 bears we built) to hospitalized children. The project was very successful and we thank everyone that was able to participate this year!
The Irvine office of Jones Day hosted it's annual Day of Service on Sunday June 28th at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy in Huntington Beach, California.

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is a nature reserve designated by the California Department of Fish and Game to protect a coastal wetland, with its resident threatened and endangered species. Among the wildlife in the Reserve are the shovelnose guitarfish and grey smooth-hound sharks. There are also snakes in the grassy areas of the wetlands, ranging from harmless kingsnakes and gopher snakes in various colors to rattlesnakes, including western diamondbacks and Pacific rattlesnakes. Other wildlife include western fence lizard, cottontail rabbit, Beechey ground squirrel, and coyotes.

In spring and fall, the Reserve is home to many migratory birds. As many as 321 out of Orange County's 420 bird species have been sighted at the Reserve in the past decade. Bird species at the reserve include the endangered light-footed rail, snowy plover, Savannah sparrow, least tern, Caspian tern, great blue heron, snowy egret, double-crested cormorant, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, and California gnatcatcher.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy encourages ecological participation, awareness and environmental action. In addition to community-building leadership and education programs, The Bolsa Chica Conservancy focuses its non-profit efforts into research and restoration. In an effort to assist with the restoration and maintenance of the wetlands, more than 40 Jones Day lawyers, staff, family, and friends spent June 28th clearing and removing harmful, invasive species and garbage from wetlands. After a tour of the reserve and instruction on identifying and removing invasive species such as Ice Plants and Sea Plantain, our group removed over 500 pounds of plants and trash from the wetlands. In addition, Jones Day has donated $2,500 to the Conservancy, which qualified Jones Day as a "Patron" member of the Conservancy.
The London Office's Day of Service took place on September 19 at Brayards Estate in South London. The Jones Day volunteers worked with Embrace Cooperation, a youth empowerment program, to improve an urban green estate for residents and their children. Activities included planting shrubs, weeding vegetable beds, and painting a children's play area. The London Office also made a donation to the housing association to purchase shrubbery, compost and gardening tools.
The Madrid office held it's Day of Service on November 28th. This date coincided with the arrival of the first refugees from war torn Syria. Nearly half of the office helped prepare welcome backpacks for over 150 men, women and children who arrived to Madrid in November. Jones Day volunteers worked together with the Spanish Commission for Refugees who supplies essential products. For the children (and some babies), diapers, hats, gloves, scarfs, pyjamas, t-shirts, coloring books and crayons as well as a soft toy were included. For the adults, underwear, t-shirts, personal care products, flip flops, hats, and scarfs were added. Many people brought in family members to help and we were able to encourage the kids to pack the bags for the children.
  Mexico City
On Saturday, August 29, it was our honor and pleasure to help an association in charge of caring for people with down syndrome called Daunis Gente Excepcional. Daunis does not only care for these people, but also gives them opportunities to work and contribute to their community. One of the most important activities they do is to cook tamales and sell them. We were also assisted by a group who practices Risoterapia (laughter therapy), and who call themselves Doctors of Laughter. We were so pleased to have 80 members of our Jones Day Office come out.

People were divided in three teams, each of which was in charge of a different activity and each of which had people from Jones Day, Risoterapia, and Daunis. The first team was in charge of making tamales along with the people from Daunis. The second group was in charge, as mentioned above, of repairing, cleaning, painting, and furnishing the offices and facilities of Daunis. The group also helped in providing power and water installations. Finally the third group went to one of the most important parks in the city, Parque México, where several activities and games were conducted with the people who were there.

The closing activity was perhaps the most moving and touching since the kids from Daunis explained that regardless of them being different, they are capable of doing everything they wish to do. This was an inspiring and touching event for Jones Day, and we couldn´t be happier to have helped such an amazing organization as Daunis Gente Excepcional
  New York
On Saturday July 18, the New York Office held their 5th Annual Jones Day "Day of Service" at the Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in lower Manhattan. Despite an early rain forecast reminiscent of today, the weather held up and Jones Day hosted approximately 20 at need kids at the "Wacky Olympics." The event was set-up like a Field Day with eight stations, each with a different activity. The children rotated in groups throughout the event to each of the stations including the Scooter Shoot and Score, basketball, jump rope, jumping cans, hopscotch, the bean bag toss, the tennis ball toss and an obstacle course. It was a truly rewarding and special day for the Jones Day volunteers and the kids who participated.
The Paris Office held their second Day of Service on 6 March 2015, hosting 57 students and four of their professors from the Lycée of Bondy, an underprivileged suburb of Paris

Taking advantage of the very special premises of the Paris Office, we hosted a visit to the Talleyrand apartments and the George C. Marshall Center. Since both Talleyrand and Marshall addressed international, political, and economic issues of their times, participants were able to tie this visit (conducted by official guides from the U.S. Embassy) with the activities of an international law firm like Jones Day. Following the tour, lunch was served, and our Paris lawyers were encouraged to mix with the students and respond to their questions, such as how to become a lawyer, the types of work the lawyers do, etc.

The morning program included a general introduction by Eric Morgan de Rivery, an overview of the Paris bar by Laurent Martinet (deputy chair of the Paris bar), and a discussion moderated by Philippe Delelis on law and freedom of speech. In the afternoon, each of the office’s support services (Switchboard/Receptionists, General Services, Technology Support Services, Secretarial Staff, Financial Services, Human Resources, Paralegals, Business Development & Communications) made presentations about their respective jobs. These were followed by three workshops moderated by Jones Day lawyers who discussed concrete situations that they routinely deal with in the areas of IP law, sports law, and EU law. In addition, this year, we also organized a mock trial, which was extremely successful since it featured the students as the various actors in the case.

Students were required to attend two workshops, in addition to the mock trial. In the weeks to come, the students will build upon what they learned in the workshops that they attended through discussions with their professors and exchanges with their fellow students about the workshops in which they did not participate.
The day ended with the traditional distribution of Jones Day T-shirts, together with a few other Jones Day takeaways.

As last year, the project enjoyed the incredible enthusiasm of the Lycée professors and students, as well as Jones Day staff and lawyers. The office greatly anticipates the long-term continuation and growth of this project, which serves to unify diverse segments of society. The project also further demonstrates a strong sense of dedication, creativity, and volunteerism among lawyers and staff in the Paris Office.

Finally, and mainly through word of mouth, an increasing number of our clients are learning about this specific program. As clients are increasingly sensitive to such pro bono and CSR actions, they unanimously approve of such a commitment by their counsel.
On September 16, 2015 the Perth office took part in its first Day of Service at the Kulunga Katitjin Festival in Kings Park.

The Kulunga Katitjin (translated as ‘knowledge for children’) festival is a full day of activities, hands-on displays, presentations, performances and exhibitions for primary school aged students. It is an annual event in Kings Park, and this year more than 2,000 school students attended. The aim of the Kulunga Katitjin Festival is to promote an understanding of the importance of biodiversity and caring for the environment, to develop an appreciation of Aboriginal culture, and to foster positive attitudes for a sustainable future. Education providers and Aboriginal presenters come together for a one day celebration of local Aboriginal culture, inspiring science, environment, and sustainability.

This year there were more than 40 different stalls, displays, performance and exhibition areas. The organizers need a lot of volunteers to help with that many different activities for so many students, There is a continual stream of students from different schools and class groups throughout the day. Ten volunteers from Jones Day's Perth office helped out at the festival, working with other volunteers to help students at stalls and exhibitions which included boomerang throwing, traditional indigenous first aid, handling birds of prey, science experiments, aboriginal art, and wildlife rehabilitation.
On June 24, the Pittsburgh Office held its Day of Service supporting Project C.H.U.C.K. through the Best of the Batch Foundation. Project C.H.U.C.K. (which stands for Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids) is a program for boys and girls ages 7-18. The six week program, provides opportunities for community kids to play organized basketball games while learning discipline, self-confidence, and team orientation. Participating in group reading activities is a requirement in order to be permitted to participate in the basketball games.

Thirty-one Jones Day participants volunteered in a variety of ways. A group of 9 headed to the playground on a beautiful Summer morning to perform some hard manual labor beautifying the playground. They stripped and repainted the picnic benches, with the help and creativity of some of the local children. They also weeded the flower beds, pruned plants, and picked up trash and debris within the playground area. In the late afternoon and evening, 22 volunteers helped the children with their reading activities, refereed the basketball games, handled the score keeping, and gave the exhausted players some drinks and snacks after their games. The evening weather was beautiful as well, and permitted all games to be played on the outside courts. The volunteers were thrilled to be there, and we enjoyed the children and watching their coaches make sure they were courteous and polite. The leaders of the organization were very thankful for our support. Saturday, July 11, the Silicon Valley office combined fun with work during its annual Day of Service, assisting the Family Giving Tree by spending the morning "building" backpacks for 250 K-1 grade students who attend school in the area.

Thirty-five SV volunteers worked side-by-side packing pencils, pens, erasers, pads of paper, and other school supplies into 250 backpacks.  The event, organized by Rebecca Murray, Julie Gleaves, and Sarah Lyn Torres was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated in one of the great traditions of the Firm.
  São Paulo 
On Sunday, November 29, 2015 the Jones Day São Paulo Office held its first Day of Service. Jones Day lawyers, staff, family members and friends formed an outstanding team assisting two different Syrian refugee families in rebuilding their lives in Brazil. The team initially participated on an online crowd-funding campaign, created by ADUS, a well-known local NGO assisting worldwide refugees, to raise funds for building a permanent food stand for such refugees. Jones Day’s first contribution made it possible to buy all of the required equipment, kitchen appliances and supplies. 

The team made several visits to supermarkets to buy food supplies and beverages, drafted menus, decorated the stand and met with refugees in order to meet their needs in connection with the cuisine to be offered to the public. On the Day of Service, Jones Day's volunteers helped the two Syrian refugee families selling their hometown specialties. Jones Day’s team actively engaged on all activities: taking food orders, cooking, receiving payments and organizing lines. The team also organized a raffle coming from an associate’s spouse to raise funds for the families, which was a complete success. The money raised on São Paulo's first Day of Service has provided additional means to the Syrian families toward their goal to open a restaurant and educate their children in Brazil. In the long-term, Jones Day's contributions will also leave a lasting legacy since each family will have the right to use the food stand every two months until the end of 2016. The team’s feedback was very positive and we look forward to our next Day of Service.
  San Diego
On July 11, the San Diego office and their families partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego to show their dedication to their community by removing, from the San Diego river bed, over 250 pounds of trash and 34 pounds of recycling in two hours. Volunteers also painted over local neighborhood graffiti on over seven interstate-5 overpass walls along the Pacific Coast Highway. After their successful day, volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of San Diego's famed Hodad's burgers at Fiesta Island.

A big thank you to all who participated in the Jones Day of Service and to those who made the event a success!
  San Francisco 
On Saturday, May 30, a team of 34 Jones Day employees worked the morning shift at the San Francisco Food Bank, a vital lifeline serving hundreds of thousands of low-income people in the Bay Area. Working together, the Jones Day team sorted thousands of pounds of groceries for local families in need. The Food Bank relies on volunteers for the vast majority of their labor and Jones Day San Francisco is proud of our contribution to that effort.
  Silicon Valley 
On Saturday, July 11, the Silicon Valley office combined fun with work during its annual Day of Service, assisting the Family Giving Tree by spending the morning "building" backpacks for 250 K-1 grade students who attend school in the area.

Thirty-five SV volunteers worked side-by-side packing pencils, pens, erasers, pads of paper, and other school supplies into 250 backpacks.  The event, organized by Rebecca Murray, Julie Gleaves, and Sarah Lyn Torres was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated in one of the great traditions of the Firm.
The Singapore office hosted its first Day of Service on August 28-29, 2015. Over half of the staff of the Singapore office participated in our Day of Service at Shan You Counseling Centre. Shan You is a non-profit organization funded by charitable donations. Originally the first Buddhist counseling center in Singapore, it now offers various social services to the elderly and disadvantaged communities in Singapore, regardless of race or religion. One of these services is the distribution of staple food to over 300 needy families each month. Jones Day's efforts went towards packing staple food on Friday and deliveries of the food on Saturday. Collections from the Singapore office staff were sufficient to fund monthly deliveries of staple food for 6 families (of 6 or more members) for a year. The Firm made a matching contribution, so we will in total be supporting 12 families for a year.
Jones Day Singapore organized its second Day of Service for 2015, in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Community Day, on October 17. Contributions from our staff had, since September, funded singing lessons for the residents of the Star Shelter. The Star Shelter is the only non-denominational shelter for victims of domestic violence in Singapore. Together with Jones Day staff, Star Shelter residents visited elderly individuals at the Society for the Aged Sick, before having lunch at a cafe whose social mission is the rehabilitation of ex-convicts into the workforce. The residents of the Star Shelter reportedly found the experience “eye-opening . . . . They realized that even though they are in a tough situation themselves, they can still help others and bring a smile to another person.”
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, eleven Jones Day Tokyo staff and lawyers prepared over two hundred onigiri (rice balls) with red salted plums and nori (seaweed) at the Franciscan Center in Roppongi, whose volunteers have fed the homeless residents of Shibuya on a daily basis for the last 25 years. While Shibuya is a trend-setting shopping district by day and a bustling entertainment area in the evening, between the last trains at night and the first trains in the morning, the operators of various parts of Shibuya station accommodate many homeless residents in the station's labyrinthine corridors and underground shopping arcades.

Shortly before dawn on Sunday, three Jones Day Tokyo lawyers distributed the rice balls, along with hand warmers. The homeless residents lined up in an orderly fashion, with many quickly returning to the end of the line with the result that most of those gathering received two or more, with the last person in line, remarkably, receiving the last onigiri.
Firmwide Head of Pro Bono
Amy Zywicki
Firmwide Pro Bono Facilitator