In underserved communities, health and wellness issues as well as unemployment and underemployment continue to grow and contribute to critical social problems. Through Aramark Building Community, our global volunteer and philanthropic program, we seek to address these important community needs.
On the local level, our employees “adopt” community centers and build strong, sustainable partnerships, matching skills and passion to the needs of the neighborhood:
In addition to the relationships with our employees and more than 50 community center organizations are strategic partnerships with national non-profit organizations, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and City Year.
Through these partnerships we connect to important community organizations on the local level, and enable meaningful and impactful volunteer experiences for our employees.
Since 2008, we have invested nearly $9 million in volunteer expertise, financial and in-kind resources to strengthen the capacity of more than 100 local community centers in 52 cities, involving the skills and expertise of more than 35,000 employees and impacting over 4.5 million people.
As a global employer of 270,000 associates, we know that today’s workforce needs a variety of skills to be successful. Partnering with local community centers, we link both adults and teens to information and training and help them obtain the skills and education they need to find and keep good jobs.
Our employee volunteers teach people to create strong resumes, prepare for interviews, even how to “dress for success.” We invest in and connect young people to careers in the hospitality industry, inviting them to visit Aramark client locations and hear from our professionals.
We collaborate with partners in our local communities, like our longtime partner in Houston, Neighborhood Centers Inc., which is renowned for its work to transform communities by empowering families.
To encourage young people to start thinking about career possibilities that can lead to lifelong success, the center’s Young Leaders program exposes dozens of young people to career possibilities in healthcare, sports, education and other industries. Students have a chance to observe the job skills of Aramark employees, and explore careers in the hospitality, service and business fields.
“The programs provided by Aramark were great…I learned about a side of the food industry that I had no clue existed. I never realized how many careers there were in the food business,” Jacob Tallez, Young Leaders Program
We also invest in programs like Philadelphia Academies Inc. (PAI), a nonprofit youth development organization. We provided a three-year, $300,000 grant to help create a hospitality industry talent pipeline so students can learn aspects of culinary operations, front-of-house management, purchasing, and more. They’ll be exposed to a multitude of opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing, and internships.
We’re committed to helping people lead healthier lives and we’ve set a bold goal of improving the health of all Americans 20 percent by 2020. Through a groundbreaking initiative with the American Heart Association we’re empowering people to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.
As part of this initiative -- Healthy For Life 20 By 20® -- we’ve been working with local community centers to help families in underserved communities change their relationships with food and nutrition. With the knowledge, science and expertise of the American Heart Association, combined with the experience of our dietitians and chefs, we’ve expanding health and wellness programs to encourage children and adults to make healthy food choices part of their everyday lives to improve their overall health and well-being.
In cities across the country, we’re equipping people with new skills, with a goal of changing relationships with food for better nutrition.
With science-based education programs like “Healthy Eating Patterns,” “Healthy Meal Solutions,” and “The Savvy Shopper,” we focus on wellbeing, cooking skills, smart shopping and community gardening, helping people and families to:
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