2016 Pro Bono Day's of Service at Jones Day
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Day of Service 2016

Each Jones Day office has the opportunity each year to select and participate in a "Day of Service." The Day of Service is a Jones Day community service event where each office selects their own project that they feel will be an appropriate fit for the office and the local needs of their community. In 2015, 27 of our 44 offices hosted a Day of Service. We hope to expand the Day of Service to even more offices in 2016. Below are highlights from offices that have completed a Day of Service this year.

The Jones Day Atlanta Office dedicated its fifth annual Day of Service to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on July 14, 2016.

Twenty-nine lawyers and staff members inspected, sorted, weighed, and packed 15,391 pounds of rescued food products, enough to provide 10,537 individual meals. The re-packaged foods will be distributed among the Atlanta Community 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. In April, lawyers and staff competed in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy against other law firms, corporate law departments, legal organizations, and law schools. The Office accumulated a total of 12,496 pounds of food in the competition combined from food and monetary contributions.

“Our participation in Day of Service is a firmwide commitment to donate time and resources in order to make a difference in our communities,” said A. Michael Lee, the Atlanta Office’s partner-in-charge of pro bono. “We work hard as a team to serve our clients, and that teamwork was validated when we packed over 15,000 pounds of food for hungry families at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.”

Every year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank procures and distributes more than 60 million pounds of food and groceries. For every dollar that the Food Bank receives, it is able to provide $9.36 worth of groceries.
Two very important community non-profits were the focus of the Jones Day Boston Office Day of Service on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Haley House has been in existence since 1966 and runs a range of community enterprises in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood including neighborhood ventures that employ residents who cannot readily find work. Haley runs a range of remarkable enterprises supplying locally grown food, bakery goods, training in food preparation, soup kitchens, and facilitating neighborhood organization and meetings. One of our tasks was to improve a local parcel, expand an organic food garden that will provide a source of food for the Haley House soup, and training kitchens.

The United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury is a community betterment organization comprised of local residents. In the forty years of the organization's existence, the Neighbors have played a critical role in urban development and planning, successfully lobbying to keep major roadways away from lower Roxbury and working to restore and advance neighborhood and community economic strength. The Neighbors own a parcel of land in lower Roxbury which will serve as the centerpiece for a mixed use redevelopment plan emerging from several years' work with architects and planners. The Jones Day volunteers spent Saturday morning re-painting the exterior of an old church/ meeting hall located on the site, improving the community gardens adjacent to the building, and erecting a fence around the perimeter.

We had about 25 volunteers of all ages. Lindsey Richardson Hebert directed our efforts which were undertaken in collaboration with the American City Coalition, a non-profit city planning organization founded by Joseph Corcoran of the Corcoran Jennison Group.
This year, the Brussels Office returned for the second time to the Red Cross refugee shelter in Uccle, which houses asylum-seekers coming from countries such as Syria, Iraq, and the Ukraine. The residents include over 50 unaccompanied minors, who find themselves in Belgium without any parent or guardian.

Jones Day participants turned out on Saturday, October 8th to join various activities during our Day of Service. We repainted the shelter's two television rooms and took young and teenage residents on excursions to the movies and the Brussels automobile museum. We were happy to discover some of the same little faces as last year, and pro bono assistance is also being provided to one of the teenage residents who contacted the Brussels Office following last year's day of service.

Below are reactions from some volunteers who participated in this year's Day of Service.

"We went to the Brussels automobile museum, and it was moving to see that even after what they have been through, the kids are just ordinary kids who enjoy the small moments and small joys in life. At the same time, they bear full responsibility for their lives and for their futures (as they are often unaccompanied). This makes them more 'adult ' as compared to first-world kids (and maybe even some first-world adults)." Aleš Bartl (Associate, Brussels)

"We took a couple of teenagers to lunch and watched an American western at the movie theater. Despite everything they have already overcome in their young lives, it was amazing to experience just how friendly, respectful and well-behaved these kids were. You could tell that they were sincerely grateful for this time spent with them. Another fun observation is that they offered to show us (native-born Belgians) around Brussels. They adapt so quickly to their new environment and were already considering Brussels as their city, to which they wanted to introduce us! A proper 'shout-out' to the people from the Red Cross is in order. They work with these kids everyday, making them feel welcome, introducing them to a whole new world, and making sure they have someone to talk to. They make all of this possible." Thibault De Boulle (Associate, Brussels)

“We repainted/refreshed two rooms in the shelter (or at least we tried our best). At lunch-time, we were invited to eat with the Red Cross workers. I must say, it was a very interesting and rich conversation, and it gave us a small idea of the work done by the Red Cross, with all the joy and anger that is involved when working with and for children and teenagers who were forced to leave their country. Dealing with youth who have lived through traumatic times, fear, language/communication difficulties, lack of understanding amongst different cultures, while all mixed in with well-known 'teen behavior' can be a real challenge. And without forgetting the many administration steps that the asylum-seeking process takes, it makes you want to help much more than only one day of the year. But nevertheless, even if Jones Day people gave only about 8 hours of our lives on that Saturday, I had the feeling that we really did help. In addition, it was a nice experience to work outside the office with colleagues from different departments." Elisabeth Lund (Reception, Brussels)
On Saturday, June 4, Jones Day Columbus held its 5th annual Day of Service at the Milo Grogan branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. More than 75 volunteers, comprised of Jones Day lawyers, staff, family members and friends, joined together to revitalize the Club's Teen Center, with new dry wall in the Teen Center and throughout the Club, new paint in the Teen Center with colors chosen by the teens, new board games, a Bluetooth speaker, a dart board, white board, bulletin boards, mirrors and more. Other projects performed for our Day of Service included cleaning the entire Club, installing new toilet seats, painting in the boys and girls bathrooms and the staff bathroom, designing and installing new craft projects and accomplishment boards, providing art and school supplies, painting the reception area, cubbies and installation of a new gate at the front desk, mulching the outdoor playground, painting garden boxes, cleaning their kitchen, organizing and labeling cabinets, and rearranging and organizing their conference room. After all of this hard work, our group and the Club Staff were treated to some delicious food & root beer floats. The Club was very excited to be chosen for the 2nd year in a row as our annual service project.
The Detroit Office held its inaugural Day of Service on August 20, 2016. Thirteen lawyers, staff, summer associates, and family members volunteered at Gleaners Community Food Bank and packed food to be distributed to Gleaners' partner agencies. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners provides food to 535 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year and distributes 79,000 meals each day, including providing food and nutrition education to 84,700 children a year.
On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Dubai office held its annual Jones Day of Service. This year, we participated in the 15th edition of the Clean-Up UAE organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).
Now in its 15th year, the campaign not only helps maintain hygiene and cleanliness in the community, but also includes recycling as its integral part to promote environmental sustainability. The total nationwide collection was over 110 tons of waste. The 10-day clean up drive was organized across 146 locations in all the seven Emirates, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai,Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah amongst others. A total of 125,536 volunteers from various sectors of the society participated enthusiastically in the UAE’s biggest environmental campaign that aims to build a clean, healthy, and safe society for citizens, residents, and visitors.

We had a 75% participation from the entire office, with fourteen Dubai office lawyers and staff who volunteered in our Day of Service. We joined the Clean-Up Dubai campaign in Nad El Sheba – Al Quoz, which is (still) a desertic part of the city. Equipped with biodegradable trash bags, cotton re-usable gloves, t-shirts, and caps, Jones Day lawyers and staff travelled out into the desert on the outskirts of Dubai, and helped clean up a littered area (which camels frequent too!). This was a great opportunity for us to lend a helping hand and give back to our community.

After completing the clean-up activity, our team headed for a scrumptious brunch in the city.
The Houston Office held their 2016 Day of Service on July 16. Their day benefitted Bennett's Bears, a local non-profit organization that provides Build-a-Bears to children in hospitals who are battling cancer and other diseases. Bennett's Bears was founded by a family whose 18 month old son, Bennett, was diagnosed with brain cancer. In partnering with Bennett's Bears, Jones Day attorneys, staff, and their families first visited Build-a-Bear and 'built' over 70 stuffed animals. The Jones Day team then delivered the stuffed animals to children at Houston's Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. This short video shows highlights from the event and provides additional information regarding Bennett's Bears.
On Saturday, July 9th, more than 50 attorneys, staff, family, and friends spent the morning building bicycles for underprivileged children in the Santa Ana community. It was all part of the Irvine office's Day of Service at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. Each bicycle was built with great care, accompanied by a personalized note from the builder of the bicycle, together with a helmet and Jones Day Day of Service t-shirt.  Our group assembled 32 bicycles!  After all of the hard work, we squeezed in a quick pick-up game of basketball in the Club’s gymnasium while waiting for the children and their families to join us for all the tacos we could eat, from The Mexican Taco.  The excitement and joy on the children’s faces made it a very special day indeed.  In addition, Jones Day is donating four more helmets, as well as three more bikes for additional children in attendance.

The Boys and Girls Club expressed their gratitude for our investment in the kids, and the tremendous joy our volunteers brought to all involved in the project.
This year, the London Office worked again with Embrace, an organization that forms partnerships with schools and community organizations in South London. Their goal is to help these institutions make vital improvements to their facilities in order to create assets and locations that are beneficial to local community cohesion. The organisation we selected this year is a soup kitchen owned and run by two volunteers in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. The kitchen provides meals and other support services to those without homes across London.

Jones Day volunteers painted the exterior and interior of the building, which had become dilapidated over time. The team also cleared out a section of its back garden so it could be used as an outside seating area (but probably only in summer, given London weather!). Lastly, we built a vegetable patch in the garden and left seeds for a variety of herbs and vegetables, for eventual use in the soup kitchen.

The event proved to be a meaningful opportunity for Jones Day to support and preserve the benefits that the soup kitchen provides to the local community, as a part of the Firm's commitment to serving the less fortunate. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and, based on the feedback received during it from the kitchen's owners and local residents, they very much appreciated our efforts.
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 the Los Angeles office partnered with Olive Crest for its annual Day of Service project. Olive Crest is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preventing child abuse, and treating and educating at-risk children. More than 40 Jones Day volunteers, which included family members and friends, participated in an intensive home renovation project. The house serves as a group residence for six at-risk boys ranging in age from twelve to seventeen. The project involved painting the entire interior of the residence, house cleaning, removing and disposing of broken furniture and equipment, re-organizing the garage, repairing broken bicycles and arranging donated new and gently used furnishings to transform the house into a warm and inviting home.
  Los Angeles
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 the Los Angeles office partnered with Olive Crest for its annual Day of Service project. Olive Crest is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preventing child abuse, and treating and educating at-risk children. More than 40 Jones Day volunteers, which included family members and friends, participated in an intensive home renovation project. The house serves as a group residence for six at-risk boys ranging in age from twelve to seventeen. The project involved painting the entire interior of the residence, house cleaning, removing and disposing of broken furniture and equipment, re-organizing the garage, repairing broken bicycles and arranging donated new and gently used furnishings to transform the house into a warm and inviting home.
On November 26, the Madrid Office had 19 volunteers participate in their Day of Service. Volunteers went to a soup kitchen in Madrid to help prepare and serve food for over 130 people. The soup kitchen is organized by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which is one of the oldest Roman Catholic organizations dedicated to help the poor.
  Mexico City
On Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, more than 70 volunteers from the Mexico City Office participated in the Day of Service. We visited the Asilo Primavera (Children's Shelter) where children between the ages of 5 and 12, whose low income families are unable to support them and who live throughout the Mexican Republic, receive an education. The Shelter offers primary education, computer science, and English lessons to 105 children per school year and its objective is to place these children into educational institutions (mainly Lasallian ones) in order for them to continue with their higher education studies. In addition to receiving an education, the children are also fed 5 days a week (breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner) and are encouraged to participate in several playful, religious, and sport-related activities that strengthen the integral formation program offered by the Shelter.

On Friday, we organized a pajama party which included dinner and a no-talent-show which was prepared along with the laughter therapists who collaborate for our pro bono client "Risoterapia." On Saturday, we engaged in an ice-breaking activity so that the children, their teachers, the laughter therapists, the students from the Universidad La Salle, and the Jones Day volunteers could get to know each other. Thereafter, all the participants were divided into 2 teams: one team participated in a rally game with the children which was focused on personal values and in which teamwork was an essential component in order to earn game points. After the rally game was over, the children and the participants played a soccer match and then we organized an "award ceremony" where children received toys as a result of having worked as a team. At the same time, the other team focused on covering more than 900 books donated by Jones Day, which will be used by the children of the Shelter this school year.

After both activities concluded, we had lunch with the children and the Shelter’s personnel, the laughter therapists, the La Salle students, and the Jones Day volunteers.
  New York
On July 16, 2016, more than 30 attorneys, summer associates, and staff from the Jones Day New York office participated in our office's annual Day of Service. This year our volunteers devoted a Saturday to adding some cheer (and paint) to the walls of a school for autistic children in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, run by The Association for Metroarea Autistic Children, Inc. ("AMAC"). Since 1961, AMAC has supported people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families offering preschool, elementary and secondary school, adult day programs, residential facilities, recreational opportunities, and other services to empower clients of all ages by helping them maintain the skills necessary to lead fulfilling lives.

Our Jones Day volunteers painted the school's new cafeteria and completed a colorful mural that greets the students in the hallway. The project was extremely rewarding for the volunteers who bonded while painting, and AMAC's Executive Director emphasized to us how grateful she was for our assistance and positive attitudes. This short video shows highlights from the event.
On September 14, 2016 the Perth Office took part in its second Day of Service. For the second year running we volunteered 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. The aim of the 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.

The festival is an annual event in Kings Park. Last year it was a big event and more than 2,000 school students attended. This year it was bigger and better than last year - nearly 2,700 students attended over the course of the day. There were more than 40 different stalls, displays, performance, and exhibition areas. We left one person at the office to hold down the fort, but otherwise everyone else from the Perth Office attended to help manage the continual stream of energetic and enthusiastic primary school students. We worked with other volunteers to help students at stalls and exhibitions, which included spear throwing, bush fire awareness, building huts, handling birds of prey, science experiments, aboriginal art, and wildlife rehabilitation.
On Saturday, November 12, the Pittsburgh Office held its Day of Service supporting the Light of Life Rescue Mission through the ALIVE Event. The Light of Life Rescue Mission meets the needs of the poor and homeless in the downtown Pittsburgh area by empowering men and women to achieve faith based recovery, as well as strengthening families through their various programs. The ALIVE Event, which is in its 12th year, is an annual outdoor event located in a park near downtown Pittsburgh and held from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The event serves breakfast and lunch to its less fortunate and homeless guests, in addition to providing winter clothing and toiletries for them. The festivities also include a live band, worship, testimony, games, fellowship, and more.

Forty-one Jones Day participants, which included a few friends and family members, volunteered in a variety of ways. Volunteers were assigned to 3 different teams, each team assisting in a different way. The Clothing team assisted the guests by helping them "shop" for their size clothing and for the toiletries they needed. The Fellowship team walked around the event to engage with the guests and get to know them. They shared many stories and appreciated having the conversations and reminiscing. The Games team interacted with guests by playing games of corn hole, trivia, and board games and passing out candy to the winners, all while just being a friend and having a laugh or two.
  San Francisco
The San Francisco Office held its annual Day of Service on Saturday, July 9 at the San Francisco - Marin Food Bank. A total of 50 members of our Jones Day community (lawyers, staff, family, and friends) gathered early Saturday morning to work a shift building supplemental food boxes for seniors (14,000 pounds) and packing over 18,000 pounds of plums for distribution to schools, soup kitchens, and neighborhood food pantries. Special thanks to Brian McDonald, Shawn Farrell and Evalina Cunha for organizing and leading our team.

It was the largest turnout ever for the Jones Day San Francisco Day of Service -- and also reflected the largest group of volunteers that the Food Bank had ever seen from a single group. In addition to doing good work for our community, it was fun to spend the morning together working, sweating a bit, listening to oldies, and laughing.
  São Paulo
On Saturday, November 19 the São Paulo Office held its second annual Day of Service. Many of our lawyers, staff, relatives and friends teamed up to support the American Society of São Paulo, a not-for-profit organization, with its annual "Angel Party." The Angel Party is a special day designed to assist more than 250 children from different orphanages and day-care centers in São Paulo. This party has been organized annually since 1999 and has demonstrated to represent a worthy contribution to children in need, particularly during the time preceding Christmas. Besides Jones Day's financial aid sponsoring ten kids plus one of the live music shows, we had the opportunity, among other things, to play with children (e.g. sports, games, and crafts), serve lunch, be buddies (accompany five year old kids for the day), and help wherever needed. The team’s feedback was very positive.
On October 21st and 22nd, 2016, over half of the lawyers and staff in the Singapore Office, along with their families and a visiting attorney from Tokyo, participated in our Day of Service with Shan You Counselling Centre.

Shan You is a non-profit organization funded by charitable donations. Originally the first Buddhist counselling centre 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 200 needy families each month.

The Singapore office raised donations from lawyers and staff which were matched by the Firm totalling $8,800. This is sufficient to provide staple food for ten families of six or more for a year.

Our Day of Service efforts went towards sorting and packing food at the centre on Friday October 21st and making deliveries of the food packages to individual families on Saturday, October 22nd. It was incredibly rewarding for those doing the deliveries to see the families directly benefiting from this service.
  Silicon Valley
On Saturday, July 30, twenty-three attorneys, staff members, and their families from the Silicon Valley office combined fun with work during its annual Day of Service. We assembled more than 1,550 bags of groceries for the Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose. Sacred Heart's mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action. They help provide essential services to individuals and families in need in order to help them become economically self-sufficient.
This year, the Sydney office completed two Days of Service both at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross (also known as The Cross). The Wayside chapel established its Community Services Centre to ensure essential health, welfare, social, and recreational services are accessible for disadvantaged and socially isolated members of the community due to homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Due to the high demand for participation, Jones Day Sydney undertook two separate Days of Service and had different groups attend the Wayside Chapel on November 10 and December 13, 2016.

The day began with a presentation by Rob Holt on his own journey through the grips of homelessness, alcohol addiction, and violence, as well as introductions to other members of the Chapel who had also turned their lives around. One speaker explained he had succumbed to a recreational drug habit before getting help from the Wayside Chapel. He secured a permanent position in upper management with them years later and still works with them today.

Rob showed us around the Wayside Chapel rooftop and the rest of the premises, then took us on a unique and educational walking tour of the Kings Cross/Darlinghurst and Woolloomooloo precinct from his perspective and experience. Prior to the 2014 lock-out laws, Kings Cross had a long history as Sydney’s entertainment hub with the main strip consisting of clubs, bars, and restaurants. Rob ran us through the underbelly of the area including the crime, prostitution, and violence that goes on behind the scenes.

Once we returned to the Chapel following our walking tour, we were taken up to the Wayside kitchen to prepare lunch and set up tables and chairs for the visitors. Group 1 prepared tuna mornay with chocolate chip muffins for dessert and Group 2 prepared roast chicken with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Rob emphasized that there are many soup kitchens and free lunches supplied locally, but what people that attend Wayside crave is social interaction, so all volunteers were encouraged to sit and interact with Wayside’s visitors over lunch. Following lunch, the teams cleaned up and had a short debrief and farewell from Rob, then headed back to the office after a confronting but rewarding day.

As Group 2 attended the Day of Service quite close to Christmas, we arranged gifts for Wayside to distribute to their visitors. The gifts consisted of make-up and toiletries packs for ladies, face wash and shaving cream packs for men, and packs of socks and underwear. These gifts will be distributed at the Wayside Chapel street party on Christmas Day - where an estimated 800 people will be in attendance - as well as in their regular lunchtime raffles for their visitors.

Both groups thoroughly enjoyed the eye-opening experience and, having now personally met the visitors of the Wayside Chapel, have come away with more understanding and compassion for the underprivileged members of our community.
On December 3, 2016, nineteen lawyers and staff members from the Tokyo Office volunteered their services to assist Second Harvest Japan, a food bank and registered Japanese nonprofit organization that has been operating in Japan since 2002 to improve access to safe, nutritious food for those in need. Various Tokyo Office attorneys have been providing pro bono legal support to Second Harvest, and the Tokyo Office decided to plan this year’s Jones Day of Service around Second Harvest’s volunteer programs. Second Harvest regularly receives food donations and delivers food to underprivileged families and a number of welfare organizations. Jones Day Tokyo volunteers packaged dozens of boxes and baskets with groceries for delivery, prepared meals in the Second Harvest kitchen, and helped to distribute hot meals to people in need in Ueno Park.

In addition to the activities above, thirty lawyers and staff members from the Tokyo Office participated in Second Harvest ’s “Adopt-a-Family” program, through which families in need receive a box of basic food essentials that match their situations and dietary needs. Through this program, the Tokyo Office “adopted” 50 families by providing each family with a box full of food essentials (such as rice, miso, and soy sauce), packaged foods, confectionaries, cards and other holiday-related items. The week-long event was a success and the Tokyo Office hopes to continue working with Second Harvest on similar programs in the next year.
On Saturday, June 25, the Washington office held its 11th annual Day of Service. Over 120 attorneys, summer associates, staff members, along with their family and friends participated in the day. For the second year in a row, the Washington office returned to City Orchard, Bread for the City’s 2.75 acre organic fruit orchard. The orchard contains more than 2,500 trees and bushes, including apple, Asian pear, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry. Each year the orchard yields upwards of 45,000 pounds of fresh fruit that is distributed to D.C. residents in need through Bread for the City's two food pantry locations.

Volunteers working in groups:

  • Planted an estimated 300 sweet potato slips, which will yield over 1,000 sweet potatoes,
  • Harvested 17 pints (8 lbs) of strawberries,
  • Harvested 30 pints (16 lbs) of raspberries,
  • Harvested 13 lbs of cilantro,
  • Weeded and mulched 4 rows of blackberry bushes,
  • Trellised blackberry vines,
  • Weeded blueberry bushes,
  • Tied all the apple trees to their structural supports, and
  • Cleaned out and sorted the remains of last year’s sweet potato harvest.

    Jones Day also made a donation for the purchase of additional apple trees and fruit bushes and to otherwise support Bread for the City's sustainable agricultural program.
    Firmwide Head of Pro Bono
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