Jones Walker proudly supports more than 150 civic and charitable organizations. We frequently sponsor events and programs that benefit the youth and families in our areas. Our attorneys are personally involved with a number of these local organizations and charities, and are often recognized for their outreach efforts and community leadership. Additionally, our support staff members also take part in a variety of events to benefit the community, such as clothing drives and fundraisers.
The firm's associations with civic and charitable organizations, however, represent only a snapshot of our community involvement. Jones Walker's attorneys participate in pro bono work and bar association service on a regular basis.
Jones Walker is committed to helping rebuild our communities in the Gulf South region, and we are proud to be a part of new growth and revitalization efforts. Our communities are truly something we take to heart.
On May 17, 2008, Jones Walker participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Attorneys, staff, and family members raised more than $2,600 in support of this great cause. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit, donor supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Jones Walker also supports this cause in the memory of our former partner Mike Herbert, whose son has cystic fibrosis.
Jones Walker is a longtime sponsor of several chapters of the United Way, including Capital Area United Way and United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. Over the past several years, Jones Walker has participated in United Way fundraising campaigns on a firmwide basis. Past fundraising methods and activities have included silent auctions, individual donations, fundraising competitions among attorneys and staff, and raffles. Unique events to spur donations included a Blue Jean Dress Down Day, where Jones Walker personnel donated five dollars to the United Way and were allowed to wear jeans to the office. Additionally, many Jones Walker attorneys are deeply committed to the United Way, having served in leadership and fundraising positions.
Jones Walker has been a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement New Orleans. Most recently, in November 2009, 19 volunteers from Jones Walker, including partners, associates, secretaries, paralegals, and other staff, volunteered their time with Junior Achievement New Orleans. Partner Allen E. Frederic, III helped organize volunteers and coordinate the firm's involvement with Junior Achievement.
Volunteers worked with students at Lafayette Academy and were provided training and teaching packets from Junior Achievement to prepare lesson plans. Jones Walker's volunteers educated on several subjects, including different jobs in the community, how an assembly line works, how money circulates around a community, and how taxes help pay for government services. Each class was taught lessons from a grade-specific curriculum, and volunteers worked with students ranging from first grade to fifth grade. At the end of the program, Jones Walker distributed certificates of achievement and provided cookie cake and apple juice for a graduation celebration.
Jones Walker has a long history of supporting the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Currently, partner Kimberly L. Robinson and Chief Information Officer Ruark W. Chick serve on the chapter's Board of Directors, and partner Robert C. Tucker served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2007–2008. The mission of the American Red Cross is to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to life's emergencies. The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter serves the 10-parish area of Ascension, East & West Baton Rouge, East & West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, and St. James.
Jones Walker also donated its old computer equipment to the chapter so that it could upgrade its systems and operate more efficiently and effectively.