Community involvement is woven into the fabric of the Eat'n Park culture. Giving back isn't just something we do; it's who we are.
Every year, we donate at least five percent of our pre-tax earnings to local charitable organizations. Working with community partners, we're able to leverage our resources to raise funds for important causes. Perhaps our best-known program is our annual Caring for Kids campaign, which has raised over $7 million for local children's hospitals. This team-member driven fundraiser has been going strong for more than 30 years.
We don't just make financial donations; sometimes, the gift of time is even more powerful. Volunteerism is an important dimension of Eat'n Park's history of community involvement. Twenty percent of our team members are actively engaged in volunteer efforts, and annually, they donate more than 20,000 hours of their time to causes close to their hearts. From coaching little league teams to rebuilding homes, their volunteer spirit helps to support and strengthen our communities.
We support these team members in their efforts with a company-wide volunteer program that enables team members to make time for this important work, and recognizes them for their service. Each of our units has a “Volunteer Champion” responsible for coordinating volunteer activities and communicating opportunities to fellow team members. Additionally, we are part of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which is the Nobel Prize of Volunteerism. Every year, we send one outstanding Eat'n Park volunteer to the national award ceremony in Washington D.C.
Thanks to the dedication of our team members, our volunteer program has been recognized by the national Points of Light Foundation, and we've been a recipient of the Corporate Partner of the Year award from Pittsburgh Cares.