ARAMARK Building Community is a global philanthropic and employee volunteer program focused on strengthening the critical work of local community centers serving families in need. By providing vital workforce readiness, health and wellness, and basic support services, ARAMARK enriches the lives of millions of families in need while strengthening the capacity of community centers to realize their core missions.
This global initiative educates and engages thousands of ARAMARK employees and the public at-large about the essential and innovative services provided by local community centers. ARAMARK applies and deploys its unique professional culinary, nutrition, workforce training and facilities management expertise through large and small scale volunteer projects in community centers in partnership with the United Neighborhood Centers of America, Inc. (UNCA), Alliance for Children and Families, and City Year. The program provides a platform for the company to create new cross-business line synergies and enhances local relationships with clients and influentials.
Beginning in 2006, Cause Consulting partnered with the ARAMARK team to develop this strategic employee engagement and philanthropy initiative. Our team led ARAMARK through our comprehensive signature program development process; created the program architecture, mission, and name; and forged the City Year and UNCA partnerships. We continue to craft ongoing communications and partnership strategies; support execution; and collaborate around program innovation.
Since 2008, over 15,000 ARAMARK managers and employees, representing all business units, have volunteered through the program. ARAMARK Building Community has enriched the lives of close to 3 million individuals and families and strengthened community centers in more than 50 cities in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the U.K.
As an extension of ARAMARK’s commitment to community centers, the program expanded in 2011 to include the ARAMARK Building Community Innovation Awards. These awards fund the scaling and execution of breakthrough workforce development models that are preparing people for and connecting them to jobs. In partnership with national organizations, the awards recognize innovative, transformational, and solution-driven programming that can be replicated elsewhere to improve lives and revitalize neighborhoods.
ARAMARK Building Community has gained recognition as the 2012 National Restaurant Neighbor of the Year by the National Restaurant Association; has been ranked two years in a row on the 2011 and 2012 World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine; has been listed on the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute; and has been recognized in dozens of proclamations from government officials.
Cause Consulting also advised ARAMARK on its corporate social responsibility strategy and communications.