The goal of our annual Global Day of Service Program is to help foster and strengthen connections across the firm’s global platform and promote, recognize, and celebrate our personnel’s commitment to community service around the world. Each year a different theme is selected.Our 2016 Global Day of Service theme was “Investing Across Generations.” Personnel from each of the firm’s offices worldwide volunteered with more than 70 community organizations and charities, many focused on elderly or youth services, throughout the week of September 19-23. In recognition of our Global Day of Service initiative in 2013, K&L Gates was awarded the "Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year." Given as part of The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards under the overall “Citizenship” category, the honor recognized the firm’s efforts to battle hunger during our inaugural Global Day of Service, when more than 1,500 lawyers and staff across our global platform pitched in to help local nonprofit and service organizations including food banks, food distribution centers, and shelters. Click here to learn more about the award.
Please explore the regions below for just a few examples of the many ways in which our volunteers across the world invested in their local communities in 2016.
Members of the Beijing office participated in a 5 km hike on the Great Wall of China sponsored by One Foundation and FESCO with fundraising efforts donated to the children in rural areas.
In Singapore, our lawyers and staff spent the day with children painting and crafting at a local art studio in partnership with Beyond Social Services.
The Tokyo office worked with Second Harvest, the only nationwide foodbank in Japan, to prepare and cook food for distribution to various shelters, charities, and other welfare organizations.
Our Melbourne team helped sort, clean, and safety check pre-loved baby essentials before packing and distributing to struggling families at the St Kilda's Mums Warehouse.
In Perth, lawyers and staff sorted, ironed, and packed donated clothing for Dress for Success, an organization that provides work-appropriate attire, mentoring support, and career development tools to help unemployed, low-income, and disadvantaged women.
Our Berlin team served food and joined in on the fun at an end-of-summer party at youth center Die Arche.
The Brussels office assisted students with the reorganizing and cleaning of a classroom and digitization of records for the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA).
The London office worked with The Sick Children’s Trust that provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodations to families with sick children in hospitals in the UK. Firm lawyers and staff helped raise funds for the organization with a bake sale, promoted their annual Pyjama Party fundraiser, and cooked food for families staying at The Sick Children’s Trust’s houses.
In Milan, our lawyers and staff collaborated with the Foundation “Fratelli di San Francesco D’Assisi”. Volunteers helped in the soup kitchen managed by the Foundation and visited with a group of elderly people to play “tombola” and share tea and biscuits.
The Charlotte office compiled and delivered more than 500 snack packs for school children for A Child’s Place, did a clothing drive with Dress for Success Charlotte, as well as cleaned and prepared Friendship Gardens, an urban farm located at Charlotte’s Garinger High School.
The Dallas office volunteered with Meals on Wheels delivering meals to homes of seniors and organized and restocked shelves of the resale store at The Family Place
Our Los Angeles team volunteered at My Friend’s Place, a center for homeless youth, sorting donated clothes and serving food
In New York, lawyers and staff sorted clothes for Housing Works and prepared and delivered meals for God’s Love We Deliver.
The Orange County office volunteered with Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit that assists job seekers with a full spectrum career development program, by processing and organizing donations and conducting a career development panel.
In Portland, firm personnel collected 105 books for children in Portland’s low-income communities and cleaned approximately 250 donated books at the Children’s Book Bank, getting them in like-new shape for their future owners.