Day of Service 2014
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.

On July 9, 2014, 34 lawyers and staff from the Atlanta Office inspected, sorted, weighed, and packed 7,530 pounds of rescued food products, enough to provide 6,275 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. Additionally, Jones Day donated more than $3,200 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 Atlanta Community Food Bank's Georgia Legal Food Frenzy against other law firms, corporate law departments, legal organizations, and law schools, and placed 7th among our local peers in the Large Law Firm category. The 0ffice accumulated a total of 11,729 pounds of food in the competition. A group of volunteers visited the Food Bank and packed more than 7,707 pounds of food, which will provide 6,422 meals for hungry Georgians.

"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 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 Boston


On June 8, 2014, a cheerful contingent of early risers from the Boston Office participated in our Fourth Annual Day of Service. Along with scores of other volunteers, we helped with the track and field events at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Harvard University. We escorted groups of athletes to compete in their events and then to collect their awards. We also staged a group of pentathletes as they waited their turn at the high jump and adjusted and reset the bar as several jumpers reached truly impressive heights. We applauded and high-fived countless athletes as they ran or walked the 3000M, 1500M, 400M and 100M events. As the temperature reached 80 degrees, we filled and handed out water and Gatorade to the hard-working Special Olympians, and we provided crowd control as we guarded the gate to the track and acted as crossing guards for athletes and spectators. Celebrating the many athletic successes, large and small, made for a fun and rewarding day!


Following last year's very successful Day of Service at the Fedasil refugee center, Jones Day Brussels chose to assist Nativitas, a homeless shelter in the historic Marolles neighborhood, located not far from the new Brussels Office.

The Nativitas shelter accommodates both individuals and families in need of help in getting back on their feet. The shelter itself is in great need of restoration, and we took on the task of sanding and re-painting as many doors as we could during our day-long project, held on December 20, 2014. The presence of three Nativitas volunteers, coincidentally including two retired lawyers, helped to make the day a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The shelter also runs a soup kitchen, and the Nativitas volunteers prepared us delicious home-cooked food, which we enjoyed together at lunchtime.

The Brussels Office also ushered in the holiday season with several initiatives in support of local charitable and youth organizations. For the third consecutive year:
  • Our holiday cards supported ASMAE, which promotes youth educational and development projects between Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and Senegal. ASMAE's youth volunteers have engaged in projects such as assisting in the renovation of a senior citizens' home in Morocco and the creation of vegetable gardens and water wells in Senegal.
  • Our toy collection for underprivileged children supported the annual toy drive by the charitable foundation "Arc-en Ciel" (Rainbow). The toys will be delivered to some 4,000 children in shelters, foster homes, and other welfare organizations. This initiative seeks to ensure that every child enjoys the holiday season and to raise community awareness regarding the considerable numbers of children in need in Belgium. Many thanks to Nathalie Delplanque, Elisabeth Elleboudt, and Elisabeth Lund for coordinating the toy drive.

The Brussels Day of Service and our holiday initiatives were a great way to close out the year.


On Saturday, June 28, 2014, the Chicago Office partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation to help families with chronically ill children enjoy a day at Pelican Harbor water park. Through events such as this, Starlight 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. To make sure that hospitalized children were not left out of the fun, the Chicago Office also raised money to help client Abbott Laboratories create "summer camp in a box" kits for children's wards at hospitals in Starlight's service area. Abbott's legal department, with the help of some Jones Day lawyers, volunteered their time to pack the boxes and prepare them for shipping to the hospitals.

On July 19th, 27 Jones Day Chicago lawyers, summer associates, staff, and friends participated in their second Day of Service at The People's Music School ("TPMS") on Chicago's north side. The Chicago Office's former long time office administrator, Ms. Orla McIvor, who passed away in August 2013, had previously been a board member at TPMS and this Day of Service was done in her honor. Participants painted an administrator's office and rehearsal areas at the school, and everyone had a fun day giving back to the community.

Randi Bergey, the Directory of Development of TPMS subsequently sent a heartfelt thank you note stating, "I cannot fully express our appreciation for the way your group moved in and just made it happen as though painting schools was actually their life's work. Patient, hard-working, committed and happy - your group truly made our day (our week, our month, and our next school year!!). The school looks fantastic thanks to the efforts of the wonderful people at Jones Day."

The People's Music School is one of the only completely free, community music schools in the United States. It provides music education, with an emphasis in classical music, music theory lessons, and instruction in the particular instrument of the child's choice. The school also offers an El Sistema program that provides free, orchestral, after-school music education to children throughout Chicago Public Schools. In just two short years, they have transformed over 700 students through music education at four public schools, making it one of the most successful El Sistema programs in the country. 


The Cleveland Office of Jones Day dedicated its second annual Day of Service to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on June 30, 2014. Summer associates, lawyers, staff, and family members inspected and sorted food products.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio. In 2013, the Food Bank provided nearly 39 million meals to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland, and Richland counties. Their mission is to ensure that everyone in northeast Ohio has the nutritious food they need every day. Every dollar donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank provides enough food for four nutritious meals for a hungry family.

Jones Day Columbus


On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Jones Day Columbus hosted its Third Annual Day of Service at Holy Family parish on the near west side of downtown Columbus with the Sisters of the Children of Mary from Newark, Ohio. The Sisters currently travel from Newark to downtown several times a week to volunteer at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and to provide ministry and aid to those living in a nearby homeless tent camp. A crew of 70+ Jones Day Columbus lawyers, staff, summer associates, families, and friends painted a chapel with 15' ceilings; washed more than four dozen windows; designed, weeded, planted, and mulched a very large vegetable and herb garden; purchased, designed, and planted dozens of perennials, shrubs, trees, and flowers across six large prayer garden areas including a garden with custom-made Stations of the Cross; replaced and repaired screens; scraped and painted iron railings; and fastened a beautifully rebuilt custom-made mantle. They also worked to refurbish a dwelling where some of the Sisters can live onsite permanently to more regularly volunteer at the soup kitchen and to routinely assist the homeless in the poorest area of downtown Columbus.

On Saturday, June 28, 2014, the Dallas Office of Jones Day volunteered at the Veterans Resource Center/Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas "VRC." Lawyers, staff, and family members sorted through several rooms of donated clothing, organizing them by gender and size. They also made hygiene kits for the homeless and served lunch to those Veterans attending classes at the VRC. 

Jones Day also donated a commercial refrigerator and shipping container to the VRC, which will serve to store donated items and other supplies provided to the Veterans. We were also able to donate approximately $500 in cash to the VRC from an office "jeans day" that we hosted on their behalf.

The Veterans Resource Center provides a first point of contact for veterans needing to connect to nonprofit, employment, educational, and VA resources, in order to provide paths towards self-sufficiency. The VRC is managed by the Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless or at-risk veterans and their families. The goal of this organization is to help alleviate the problem of homelessness among veterans and their families by assisting with transitional and permanent housing.

 Jones Day Houston

About 50 volunteer lawyers and staff members from the Houston Office of global law firm Jones Day along with their families gathered in Stude Park on October 4th to pick up trash and plant wildflowers along the white oak bayou between the Studewood and Taylor bridges.

Working in conjunction with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department, the Office's annual Day of Service supported the 8th Annual Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Planting Project.

"We're proud to continue this tradition of investing sweat equity in the communities in which we live and work," said Nancy MacKimm, Partner-in-Charge of the Houston Office. "It didn't hurt that we happened to get a beautiful day for working in the park with our families. I'm sure we'll all be back to enjoy the results when the wildflowers bloom next February or March."

In addition to this year's Day of Service, the Houston Office conducted a children's book drive for Casa de Esperanza, an organization that provides temporary housing for Houston area children in need due to abuse or neglect. When a child leaves Casa de Esperanza, he or she takes a suitcase that includes, among other things, favorite books from the library, which accordingly requires regular replenishment.


During the summer, enough garbage is dumped on six miles of Orange County beaches to fill 10 garbage trucks every week. We were appalled when we learned about the long term ecological effect of plastic debris, metal wiring, batteries, and other artificial materials on the ocean shore and made it a goal for Irvine’s 4th annual Day of Service to reduce our environmental footprints on the shore. Our immediate goal for the day of service was to remove the garbage and debris from a two mile stretch of land bordering our ocean so that everyone may enjoy the full experience of a beautiful California beach. It was a great success. Over 65 Jones Day employees, friends, and families came together on Saturday, July 12th for the 2014 Day of Service beach clean-up at Huntington Beach. Each and every year, our participation for the day of service grows and we predict that it will continue to do so. With such tremendous participation, we are proud to say that we accomplished our goal.



The London Office's Day of Service took place on July 12, 2014 at Ravenscourt Park in West London. The park is beloved by the local community but needs the help of volunteers to keep it clean and healthy. The Jones Day volunteers teamed up with Hands on London, a local charity, to revitalize a conservation area and the park's flower beds. Activities ranged from untangling choke weed from the park's flowers to restoring benches and chopping away dead wood.

Jones Day Los Angeles

Los Angeles
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Jones Day Los Angeles held its annual Day of Service. More than fifty lawyers, staff members and their family members volunteered their time at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Vista Del Mar is a non-profit facility spread across a seventeen and a half acre lot that provides on-site housing, schooling, and psychological care for minors with special needs. In addition, Vista Del Mar provides adoption services to members of the community that it serves.

On the agenda for the Day of Service were three beautification and property maintenance projects. They were painting and sound proofing a music room, upgrading a garden used by residents for solitude and meditation, and the preparation and cleaning of a fruit and vegetable garden used for growing produce that is used by the on-site cafe run by Vista Del Mar's residents. A number of Vista Del Mar residents participated in the projects. The Day of Service was a great success. Our volunteers timely completed all projects and left feeling gratified and enthusiastic about giving back to the Los Angeles community.

This year, Jones Day Los Angeles again partnered with the non-profit organization LA Works, to organize the event.

 Jones Day Madrid

On October 18th, ten Jones Day volunteers accompanied 100 children from the NGO, Nuevo Futuro to the adventure park ‘Amazonia’ in the national parkland in the mountains surrounding Madrid. It is the second time that the Madrid office has celebrated its day of service with Nuevo Futuro, 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. The day started out sunny and bright and the children were in terrific spirits. Nearly all the children wanted to try out the tree ladders and zip wires, so after a short introductory safety lesson, we were off! After three hours of whizzing about in the trees, we all sat down in the woodland for a light picnic lunch.

It was a fun packed day thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Mexico City
On August 16th, 2014 a group of 47 lawyers and staff from Jones Day's Mexico City Office visited the town of San Mateo Tlaltenango to work with volunteers and villagers at the first community greenhouse, which was constructed with funds donated by Jones Day, in the Distrito Federal (the federal district). The town volunteers divided us into two groups so we could interact with the villagers and begin our day of service.

We took a hydroponics class taught by the greenhouse staff who are responsible for taking care of the greenhouse on a daily basis. We also participated in a number of activities, such as mixing coconut shells and minerals that are used as a natural method for seed germination (versus artificial or chemical methods that are generally used). In addition, we planted a number of different vegetables, including lettuce, spinach, and mint, which we were able to take home with us to continue growing.

After our time in the greenhouse, we participated in an ecology rally with the San Mateo volunteers and villagers, in which we completed various tasks such as creating artwork using renewable materials and answering a questionnaire developed by the volunteers related to sustainable development in Mexico and around the world. At the end of the rally, points were awarded for each task successfully completed with the high scoring team named as the winner. The activities at both the greenhouse and the rally helped all of us reflect on the many ways we can help the environment and make the world a healthier one for generations to come.

Later on, the San Mateo community surprised us with a regional dance show performed by a group called "Los Chinelos". Our day of service ended with us enjoying some typical Mexican food with the community that opened not only its doors to us, but also its heart.

Jones Day Miami


Nine of the lawyers, staff, and summer associates from the Miami Office participated in Miami's first Day of Service on June 25, 2014 at Camillus House, an organization that has served the homeless in Miami since 1960. Camillus House serves roughly 1,000 meals per day from its soup kitchen, and also provides a variety of services to the homeless ranging from clothing and shelter to health care, counseling, and job training.

Our volunteers helped serve lunch to several hundred people, in two fast-moving lunch shifts. Approximately half our group worked on the cafeteria line serving food, while the other half brought meals directly to guests with limited mobility and cleared and cleaned the dining room for the next shift. After some initial training, our first meal service fed all the people living on campus at Camillus House in its emergency shelter and drug treatment facilities. This was followed immediately by a second lunch service available to people living on the streets.

Working in a hot commercial kitchen, waiting tables, and bussing the dining room were all very hard work, but the experience was rewarding and generated great camaraderie for our new office.


On Saturday, October 18, 2014, lawyers and staff from the Milan Office dedicated their day of service to Donna e Madre (DO&MA), a non-profit organization established in 1893 that is dedicated to defending the rights of women and their children who are living through difficult circumstances. This is the Milan Office's second time assisting DO&MA.

This year, DO&MA introduced the "Green Lab Project," an initiative to teach mothers living at DO&MA techniques for maintaining green areas. The initiative assists the mothers in moving toward self-sufficiency by helping them develop professional skills that will assist them in finding a job while living at DO&MA, as well as after their stay.

Our goal at DO&MA this year was to beautify a new area that will be used to create a second garden for the organization. Thanks to the generous spirit of the volunteers who donated their time and effort to clean and prepare the area, our work was done in several hours. The event concluded with a lovely picnic lunch with DO&MA staff and representatives.


New York
On June 28th, 2014 the New York Office held its annual Day of Service. This year lawyers, staff, and summer associates were joined by children from the Junius Street Family residence for an urban adventure to the Statute of Liberty! The children, ages 7 to 13, bonded with the Jones Day volunteers as they explored the wonders and history of downtown Manhattan and Lady Liberty. The group participated in team building exercises including a scavenger hunt on Liberty Island. The sightseeing was followed by a picnic lunch and games in Battery Park, which is close to where the New York Office will soon relocate. The Junius Street Family Residence serves as transitional housing for homeless women and children and is located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn--one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. For the second year in a row, Jones Day partnered with New York Cares to facilitate the Day of Service.

Jones Day Paris Day of Service


During its inaugural Day of Service on April 8, 2014, the Paris Office hosted 48 students and four of their professors, as well as the Headmaster from the secondary school of Bondy, an underprivileged suburb of Paris. Taking advantage of the very special premises of the Paris Office, a visit to the Talleyrand apartments and the George C. Marshall Center was organized. 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.

Following a general introduction, each of the office’s support services (Technology Support Services (TSS), Switchboard Receptionists, Secretarial Staff, General Services, Accounting Department, Human Resources, and Business Development & Communications (BDC)) gave a presentation. These were followed by four workshops moderated by Jones Day lawyers who discussed concrete situations that they routinely deal with in the areas of environment law, criminal law, sports law, and EU law. Students attended two workshops that day. The following week the students debated among themselves about what they discussed and then learned about the two workshops they did not attend. The day ended with a distribution of T-shirts and a few Jones Day takeaways. Photographs were taken to capture this inaugural event.

The project has met with an incredible enthusiasm on the part of the professors and students of the secondary school, and has generated the same enthusiasm on the part of the staff (under the supervision of our office manager, Anne-Marie Chust), BDC, and the lawyers (including vice-chief of the Paris Bar, Laurent Martinet). The office has great expectations about this unifying and "federative" project.

 Jones Day Pittsburgh



In the first of their three Days of Service, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, ten members of the Pittsburgh Office donated their time and effort by mulching, weeding, and cleaning at the Hosanna House – A Place Called Hope! (Sherwood Event Center in Wilkinsburg, PA). Lawyers and staff showed their additional talents by moving yards of mulch by wheelbarrow, filling bags with weeds and yard debris, and layering inches of mulch to beautify the property that will be used for pool and party rentals. Not even muddy roads, questionable weather, or sudden downpours quashed their spirits as they worked tirelessly to handle the tasks! Their efforts helped to beautify the space for the grand opening on May 21. Hosanna House is a nonprofit that touches over 35,000 lives annually through services related to child development, job placement, supportive housing, health/wellness, and after school/summer youth camps.

On their second Day of Service on June 24, 2014, the Pittsburgh Office once again held a Day of Service to support 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 for boys and girls ages 7-18. The six week program, provides opportunities for community kids to play in basketball games while learning discipline, self-confidence, and team skills. All participants must also participate in a study hall in order to be permitted to play in the basketball games. Nineteen Jones Day lawyers and 11 staff members participated throughout the day, many volunteering for more than one project. The first group started in the heat of the day by trimming bushes, weeding, mulching, painting, and doing general clean up work in the playground. In the afternoon and evening, Jones Day volunteers read and staffed the mandatory study halls and worked at the basketball games by refereeing, handling the clock, and keeping score. Jones Day also provided the players with drinks and snacks after their games. As was the case last year, the weather did not cooperate and storms caused the scheduled outdoor games to be moved to a local high school gym. The weather did not, however, dampen the generous spirits of the volunteers who helped with this worthy cause.

The Pittsburgh office completed its 3rd Day of Service on October 8, 2014. Some attorneys and staff spent the morning volunteering at Imani Christian Academy, a school designed as an alternative to public education for children who live in neighborhoods where violence, addiction, and verbal and physical abuse are prevalent. The morning started with an introduction and video describing the many ways in which Imani has saved children and helped them to progress academically. Following the introduction, Jones Day staff members spent the morning reading, coloring, and storytelling with the children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. In the seventh and eighth grade classrooms, attorneys and staff discussed the transition to high school, dangers of the Internet, and life skills. And in the high school classrooms, attorneys and staff discussed careers in law, dangers of the Internet, and job interview skills. The morning concluded with a tour of the school.


San Francisco
Jones Day volunteers spent Saturday morning, July 12, 2014 at the San Francisco Food Bank for our Day of Service. A record 42 Jones Day participants attended, and broke last year's record by packing 1,888 food boxes, which weighed in at 35,872 pounds (last year we packed 1,750 boxes). The Food Bank relies on volunteers for the vast majority of their labor and Jones Day San Francisco can be proud of our contribution to that effort.

Silicon Valley
On July 12, 2014 the Silicon Valley Office combined fun with work during its Day of Service, assisting AbleWorks improve a home in East Palo Alto. Forty-six volunteers worked side-by-side painting, landscaping, and doing general clean-up. AbleWorks will use this home to house three young, single moms and their children. AbleWorks is also helping these women, who have recently come out of difficult situations, to develop professional skills and move toward self-sufficiency.  

 Jones Day Singapore

On Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, more than half of the lawyers and staff from the Singapore Office, as well as their families, participated in our inaugural Day of Service at Shan You Counseling Centre, a non-profit organization funded by charitable donations. Originally the first Buddhist counseling centre in Singapore, it now offers various social services to the elderly and disadvantaged communities in Singapore, regardless of race or religion. One of the services the centre provides is distributing food staples to more than 300 needy families each month.

Monies collected from our lawyers and staff were sufficient to fund monthly deliver of food staples to five families (of six or more members) for a year. The Firm also made a matching contribution, so ten families will be supported for a year.

Part of the amount donated was applied to purchase cooking oil from Singapore’s leading oil manufacturer, Lam Soon Holdings, at cost. Having been introduced to Shan You by the Singapore Office, Lam Soon also agreed to supply its oil to Shan You at the same price going forward, which will save Shan You a significant 18% per litre of cooking oil.

After packing the food on Friday, a second team from Jones Day gathered on Saturday (which also happened to be the American Chamber of Commerce's community day in Singapore) to assist in deliveries to a dozen households.

On Friday, December 5, 15 lawyers and staff members from the Sydney Office partnered with Taldumande Youth Services for its Day of Service.

Taldumande Youth Services focuses on providing stable short- and long-term support and accommodation services for homeless and at-risk young people aged 12 to 25 years. Taldumande encourages young people in crisis to remain in their local communities and strive to achieve long-lasting success for themselves. It provides a range of services to them and their families, including programs to complement and enhance its accommodation services.

On our Day of Service, we assisted with yard work, including trimming, weeding and mulching the grounds, installed a paved area, and stained and painted the back patio area.

Jones Day Washington


On June 7, 2014, the Washington Office once again performed its Day of Service at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. More than 100 volunteers worked on six different teams and completed the following tasks: weeded and then planted 214 red and 112 white lantana on a long hillside sloping down towards the water lily and lotus ponds; distributed a soil/stone mixture repairing roads and walkways around the ponds; weeded and replanted four flower beds with 79 new guinea impatiens, 36 lilies, and 96 liriope; repotted 275 Mondo grasses and 150 liriope for future replanting in the park; thinned water lilies from the overcrowded ponds; and planted 90 ribbon grasses and 178 panicum grasses in a meadow. Our volunteers, alongside the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens staff, made quite a visual impact by the end of the morning.
Firmwide Head of Pro Bono
Amy Zywicki
Firmwide Pro Bono Facilitator