Giving back to our community is in our DNA. On April 10th, we held our second annual Day of Smiles, an event that gathered nearly 130 of our team members to volunteer at 16 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, six of our service projects were focused on “Hero Smiles” with the goal of enhancing the lives of military veterans and their families. Read on to learn more about our volunteer projects!
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
One of our groups teamed up with Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to pack boxed lunches for vets. VLP provides many services to eligible local veterans, service members, and their families including housing, employment, and other vital support services with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.
Veterans Leadership Program - Project Journey
A branch of the Veterans Leadership Program that another team of our volunteers assisted with was Project Journey, an emergency housing program for female veterans and their families. Our team helped to spruce up the grounds at one of their transitional housing buildings for summer in order to help create a positive environment.
VA Pittsburgh Fisher House
One of our teams made the trip to the VA Pittsburgh Fisher House, located in Oakland, to prepare a tasty lunch for guests and their families. Fisher House provides free lodging to vets and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers, lifting their financial burden and allowing them to focus on their patient.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
A few of our volunteers helped the Curatorial Department at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum prepare for their ”Soldiers & Sailors One-Time Book Sale Event.” The museum constantly receives donated books from the community, which they can then resell and use the funds to help their mission of honoring the men and women of all branches of service.
At the VA Hospital, our volunteers helped to spread smiles in two different ways. One team helped to assemble and distribute gift bags to patients to help brighten their day. Our other team spent their day in Heroes Hall, to visit with patients and their families and offer them some breakfast pastries and fruit!
Check out our other blogs in this series to learn about our community projects for Growing Smiles and Sharing Smiles.