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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Day of Smiles: Sharing Smiles

Our nickname may be “The place for smiles” but we also love creating smiles within our community. On April 29th, we held our first ever Day of Smiles, an event that gathered nearly 100 of our team members to volunteer at 10 different community service projects throughout the city.

As a company, we invest at least 5% of our pre-tax earnings to support nonprofit organizations – and though we support a wide variety of causes, we focus our efforts on three areas:  Sharing Smiles, Growing Smiles, and Hero Smiles. Click here to read more about each.

On our Day of Smiles, three of our service projects were focused on “Sharing Smiles” by supporting family wellness and fitness. Read on to learn about how our team spent their day!

Best of the Batch Foundation

A team of our volunteers visited Munhall to help with Best of the Batch Foundation, which was established by former Steeler Charlie Batch. They helped to get ready for two of their summer programs: CHUCK and Next Level Athletics Track Club. Charlie even stopped by to personally thank our team members for helping out!

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

An event that the city looks forward to every year is Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. Throughout the event, more than 30,000 people of all ages and physical activity levels hit the pavement as participants in everything from 50-yard Tot Trot, to the 1 mile Kids’ Marathon to the 26.2-mile full marathon. The fun kicked off at the runner’s expo, where our team of volunteers helped runners to get registered.

Girls on the Run

We also had volunteers travel to Oakland to help the Girls on the Run staff prepare for their upcoming 5K race. This program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We annually make a donation to help provide scholarships for low-income students to participate in this life-changing program.

Check out our other blogs in this series to learn about our community projects for Growing Smiles and Hero Smiles.


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