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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Day of Smiles: Growing Smiles

It’s not a secret that we love giving back to our communities. 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, four of our service projects centered around the theme of “Growing Smiles” and providing access to healthy food and education about food choices. Read on to learn more about these great projects!

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

One group of volunteers headed to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne to help repack food for those in need. This food bank does incredible work at distributing directly to individuals in need and to community agencies for redistribution across nearly a dozen counties in our region.

Grow Pittsburgh

Another group went to volunteer at Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farms location. Braddock is a food desert and this farm is Braddock’s single source of fresh produce during the growing season. By the end of the day, our team were weeding and planting experts!


For this community service-filled day, we also partnered with the United Way to help with their fitUnited program. Through this program, our team members helped to deliver meals to young children in Braddock. These kids are too young to receive free or reduced meals at school and their families need the extra help.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lastly, our team helped to “Grow Smiles” by packing “Share a Smile” snack packs for students in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Each pack was full of nutritious weekend snacks for each kid, plus, we gave them an extra to share with a friend or sibling.

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


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