Thousands of Aramark team members around the world have participated in Aramark Building Community (ABC) Day, the hospitality, facilities, and uniform services company’s annual day of service which took place on 22nd September.
Volunteers from 14 countries, including the U.S., U.S Virgin Islands, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, and South Korea dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to service projects in areas where they live and work – to further the objectives of reducing inequality, supporting and growing local communities, and protecting the planet.
“Aramark Building Community Day is the culmination of our yearlong volunteer efforts, and we are thrilled to have our volunteers gathering in person this year, to give back to local communities,” says Jami Leveen, Vice President of Community Partnerships at Aramark. “I’d like to thank all our volunteers who remain committed to enabling a healthy and equitable society and who bring our mission of doing great things for our people, our partners, our communities, and our planet, to life.”
ABC Day included nearly 150 community service projects globally, with transformational projects in Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, and Gaithersburg, MD. Activities included:
- Enhancing playgrounds and community centers, maintaining vegetable gardens, painting inspirational murals, and revitalizing outdoor play areas.
- Hosting Healthy for Life demonstrations, providing nutrition education and other actionable information to enable community members to make healthier choices and lead healthier lives.
- Sorting donated food and packing donation boxes, increasing equitable access to food for those in need.
Employees planting trees in the Bowling Green, Kentucky neighborhoods hardest hit by the devastating December 2021 tornadoes, adding badly needed restoration to the area, and enhancing the livability and healthiness of the area for residents.
EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS IN ACTION
Aramark’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a vital part of the company’s community strategy. Representatives from each of the 11 ERGs will lead or volunteer to support service projects benefiting an array of diverse nonprofit organizations and their members. With a focus on health and workforce development, the ERGs hosted projects that:
- Address campus food insecurity
- Promote female workforce development and interview readiness
- Provide healthy meals and snacks to community members, including homeless LGBTQ+ youth and adults facing mental health challenges
- Enable career development for veterans and military spouses
- Support children and families facing hospitalization
- Honor Indigenous cuisine
- Provide basic needs hygiene kits to school students and their families
- Demonstrate culinary skills and healthy meal preparation
Since its inception in 2008, Aramark Building Community, our signature philanthropic and volunteer initiative, has invested tens of millions of dollars, engaged more than 70,000 employee volunteers, and impacted more than five million children and families in underserved communities around the world. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Aramark volunteers worked harder than ever to provide food and resources to employees and communities impacted by unprecedented challenges.