In early December, the JVM executive team spent a day helping residents and staff at the Marklund Home in Geneva, Ill., decorate for the holidays. Later that month, our associates donated Christmas gifts to Marklund residents, and we made a $10,000 donation to the organization.
Marklund is a non-profit that serves infants, children, teens and adults with profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. The organization currently encompasses eight residential homes and many related programs throughout the Chicago area.
“Giving back to our community and helping those in need is such a fundamental component of JVM’s philosophy,” said Jay Madary, president and CEO of JVM. “And I can’t think of a better way to serve the Chicagoland community than supporting Marklund. The work they do is so meaningful, and I know that all of us who decorated the home and donated gifts those days came away deeply moved by the experience. We’re excited about continuing to support this organization in the future.”
Mary Herrold, vice president of marketing and innovation at JVM, echoed Madary’s sentiments.
“I’ll never forget working with the resident helpers and seeing their infectious smiles,” she said. “One of them serenaded us as we decorated a tree, and two of them put ornaments on the tree. For people with profound disabilities, this was a feat. I think I speak for all of us when I say, we went to decorate for the holidays, and we left with the spirit of the season.”
For more information about Marklund, visit the organization’s Facebook page.