JLL’s Great Lakes Team Celebrates The Holiday Season By Giving Back

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By: Dan Wendorf, Executive Vice President, JLL

Across the Great Lakes, JLL gives philanthropy a starring role in holiday festivities. Every year, our teams in Cincinnati, Clevleand, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh find new ways to connect with the community and give back to non-profits that we’re passionate about.

This holiday, employees in Cleveland and Columbus dedicated their time, energy, and resources to donate to those in need.

The Columbus office partnered with DawsonCareers to contribute to the Toys for Tots toy drive—all in the hopes of an even merrier Christmas for Central Ohio children.

Toys for Tots

(Above) JLL’s Columbus team donates gifts to Toys for Tots.

We also strive to stay active in the community year-round, serving on boards at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development (Collin Wheeler and Clayton Davis),  Five Strong Foundation, Inc. (Clayton Davis), and Netcare Access (I serve as a foundation board member).

Further North, JLL’s Cleveland office collaborated to help struggling families, now and beyond the season. In partnership with the Open Doors Academy, employees collected toys, clothing, and gifts for the Adopt A Family Association.

Looking for ways to bond with your team, while creating a positive impact on your community? Read on for a few tips to get your employees more engaged with philanthropic initiatives.

3 Tips to Implement a Company Volunteer Program

Below are three tips we follow here at JLL to help us identify volunteer opportunities in the 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.

Tip 3: Remember to have fun!

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


About the Author

Dan Wendorf is a Senior Vice President with JLL working on the Industrial Services team in the Columbus, Ohio office. Dan specializes in tenant representation, agency leasing, and real estate advisory for industrial tenants and investors. View Dan’s full bio to read up on his experience, or connect with him on LinkedIn.