By: Don Bain Jr., Executive Vice President, JLL
Every quarter, JLL’s Cleveland team takes time away from the office to give back to the community. Our latest philanthropic adventure: 20 JLL team members volunteered at the Cleveland Food Bank on February 12. The Food Bank fights hunger and seeks to “bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with nutritious meals they need to succeed.”
The group dedicated their time to learning about the Food Bank’s mission and packaging 20-pound boxes of frozen meat to be distributed to local food purveyors for those in need. JLL also participated in “Adopt a Family” through Open Doors Academy during the 2014 holiday season.
Here at JLL, we are keen on culture and community. Giving back and getting out of the office together helps shape who we are as a team.
Plan Your Corporate Cleveland Volunteer Project—5 Ideas
There are a host of non-profit organizations in the Northeast Ohio region that welcome corporate groups for projects that are easy to coordinate with your busy office schedule. Below are a few ideas to get you started, many of which can be adopted no matter where you reside.
- Cleveland Food Bank: One in six Ohioans struggles to find food. The Cleveland Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the populations of people in the region who suffer from food insecurity. From kitchen help to food packaging and distributing fresh produce, the Food Bank has plenty of opportunities for organizations to get involved.
- The United Way: The United Way Days of Caring project can connect your organization with local nonprofit organizations for full-day or half day projects. Projects vary, from interacting with children to landscaping or teaching computer skills.
- Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity: This nonprofit is widely known for its commitment to building neighborhoods and providing families with stable, affordable Cleveland’s Habitat for Humanity chapter has been revitalizing local neighborhoods for 25 years. It provides a variety of group volunteer opportunities, including working at ReStore or on construction sites, preparing lunch for volunteers, or hosting your own unique fundraiser.
- Care Packages: Crowdsource ideas from your colleagues about groups they care about – such as the armed forces, a local animal shelter or a local women’s shelter. Think creatively about how your organization could compile, package and personalize necessary and invaluable items. Packages typically include hygiene products, non-perishable foods and clothing—but crafts, books and other entertainment items makes giving more meaningful for both the package sender and receiver.
- Canned or Virtual Food Drive: The classic canned drive is still an effective method of getting non-perishables onto the plates of those with food insecurity. The Cleveland Food Bank also offers a virtual food drive campaign that’s fast, easy and can be customized according to your business’ project.
Have you coordinated or participated in an inspiring local corporate volunteer project? Share your story in the comments below.
About the Author
Don Bain is Executive Vice President of Industrial Brokerage in Cleveland, Ohio. In this capacity, Don provides real estate transaction representation to local and national industrial clients. He has extensive experience in all facets of industrial brokerage including agency assignments, build-to-suits, multi-tenant leasing, building sales, acquisitions and sale / leasebacks. View Don’s full bio to read up on his experience, or connect with him on LinkedIn.