By: John Krieger, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle in the Greater Detroit Area
At JLL, our associates regularly dedicate their time, energy and resources to supporting organizations where we live and work. Helping our communities has long been a part of our culture. Working with our local partners is a responsibility we take seriously, and we also have a lot of fun with it.
That’s why on Dec. 19, 2013, our Detroit area staff members spent the day rolling up their sleeves to help out with the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan’s Fresh Food Share Program (FFS). This community-based food distribution program aims to fight hunger in the Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park regions of southeastern Michigan.
Here’s How It Works
Families in need place food orders at local churches and centers. Next, Gleaners Food Bank purchases fresh food at wholesale prices from local farmers, and volunteers pack the fresh produce into individual boxes. These boxes are then delivered to customers. The boxes contain a variety of fruits and vegetables, and a monthly newsletter that includes recipes and nutritional information.
To provide support for this generous program, 13 of our local JLL employees gathered together and helped pack more than 120 boxes of fresh fruit and produce to support local families in need. “It’s easy to write a check and support an organization—and financial support is very important,” said Kimberly Lucier, Administrative Assistant at JLL. “But it’s another thing to take time out of your day, and put your hands to work for those in need.”
What’s even better? The office crew has already scheduled their next packing session this coming March.
3 Tips to Implement a Company Volunteer Program
Want to bond with your team while creating a positive impact on your local community? That’s great! Here are 3 tips we follow to help us identify volunteer opportunities in our region.
Tip 1: Research the causes or issues important to your organization.
There are so many wonderful charity organizations, but the dilemma is not having enough time to contribute to all of them. Poll the office to find out which issues your employees collectively feel strongly about, and research volunteer opportunities with local charity organizations that support those issues.
Tip 2: Develop a schedule that works best for your organization.
Check in with your colleagues to see which days of the week work best for everyone’s schedule. Not everyone will be available for every volunteer project you identify, but outlining a schedule of upcoming dates and times helps interested employees coordinate their schedules.
When a group of staff members volunteer together at a nonprofit organization, the experience can bring them closer together, and help strengthen the culture within your company. Volunteering is a wonderful way to help benefit the community, but always remember to have fun with it!
Need ideas on different ways to volunteer in your local community? For more information on areas where JLL loves to volunteer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
John Krieger is an Executive Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle in the Greater Detroit Area. John has more than 20 years of experience providing corporate real estate solutions. As a former Senior Vice President in the Corporate Property Services group, John experienced all aspects of integrated real estate service delivery on several diverse portfolios ranging from 24 to 50 million square feet. Connect with John on LinkedIn for more information.