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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Day of Smiles: Hero Smiles

Giving back to our community is in our DNA. 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 “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 meals for senior and disabled 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. 

VLP’s Project Journey

A branch of the Veterans Leadership Program that a team of our volunteers assisted with was Project Journey, an emergency housing program located in the South Side for female veterans and their families. Our team helped to spruce up the grounds for summer in order to help create a positive environment.

VA Pittsburgh Fisher House

Our final team 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 or low cost lodging to vets and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. 

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


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