As the world’s largest restaurant company, it is our privilege and responsibility to give back to the communities where we live and work. We support our employee volunteer efforts with nonprofit grants and encourage them to work as a team on volunteer opportunities. Yum! employees anywhere in the world can take part in the program by selecting a local charity partner and identifying a project that will serve their needs. The Yum! Brands Foundation supports employee volunteer efforts by funding projects up to $5,000 and then recognizes projects that made the biggest impact with even larger grants at the end of the year.
In 2015, employees from 20 countries tracked over 40,000 volunteer hours working with their favorite charities on more than 150 community impact projects. The Yum! Brands Foundation awarded $325,000 in nonprofit grants to support our employee volunteers and their partner charities.
An example of our volunteer grants comes from The Healing Place project which was awarded the 2015 $25,000 grand prize. Team Captain, Nicholas Price is a Senior Pizza Hut Help Desk Specialist and has been with the company for nearly three years. More importantly, Nicholas is an alumni of The Healing Place recovery program. His experience with the organization helped drive his passion and led him to convince his colleagues that The Healing Place was the ideal charity to sponsor with their volunteer project. As a help desk team, the group had to be creative to ensure that their volunteerism did not affect their ability to resolve issues for store level employees. Nicholas’ team helped feed over 1,500 men and women (a total of 2,400 pizza slices), saving the organization thousands of dollars so they could focus on other homeless and recovery programs. This project has inspired others to join the cause and the team has grown to 50 volunteers as they continue monthly pizza deliveries to The Healing Place in 2016.
Nicholas remembers one particular pizza delivery:
“There were 10 or so female clients standing outside the entrance. As soon as we got out of the car with the pizza they all started screaming “YAY! PIZZA!” Anything we can do to brighten their day and maybe help them to stay another day to complete The Healing Place program is a success in my book.”
Learn more about our Volunteerism commitments and initiatives.