JLL on target for charity as it supports Suited For Success

JLL’s Birmingham office is the latest organisation to team up with Suited For Success to donate unwanted workwear to help unemployed people get back into work.

The leading team of property professionals donated the clothing as part of the company’s national commitment to raising funds for local charities and Crisis, which JLL has already raised £500,000 for as its selected charity partner, with the aim of reaching £1.2 million by the end of 2020.

Led by surveyor, Sam Carney in JLL’s Birmingham office, the team has nearly reached its £7000 local target for the year through a programme of activities including the St Basils Walk Challenge, Reliability Run, Birmingham 10K, Wolf Run, Bake-offs and raffles. The team has also volunteered at a number of events for crisis.

The JLL office approached Suited for success, which is run in partnership with Crisis to help people get out of homelessness and into work, through the collection and provision of free good quality gently worn interview suits and smart workwear.

Patricia White, CEO Suited For Success said: “We really appreciate the support from JLL and the fantastic donation of great quality suits, shirts, dresses, shoes and more from staff at the Birmingham city centre office. The support is really valuable to us, we couldn’t do what we do without it.”

Sam Carney commenting on the latest contribution said: “We’ve done quite a number of activities with Crisis this year to raise money, but wanted to do more than just donate money. In particular we were looking at ways we could donated unwanted suits and business wear.

“We asked Crisis how we could do this and they suggested Suited for Success. So many people have workwear they no longer use in the back of their wardrobe that can be recycled to help give people confidence in interviews and so we organised a collection.

“All the team at JLL were really supportive. We’ve had some great fun so far during 2018 getting together and walking, running, cycling and driving for charity. We’ve learnt a lot about Crisis and homelessness and we’re now delighted to announce JLL has extended the partnership for another two years.”

Matt Green, director of Crisis Skylight in Birmingham added: “We are delighted to be working with JLL for what will now be a 4-year partnership.

“Over and above the funds raised, which go towards our housing coaches who work directly with people to help support them into housing, JLL is contributing strategic advice, time and skills-based volunteering which will have an impact beyond 4 years.

“We are very happy to see local connections between JLL offices and regional Skylights being formed as this helps us also connect with local communities where we operate and amplify our message that together we can end homelessness once and for all.”