Building Communities that Work
G&K has a long legacy of corporate giving. We believe that it’s important to give back to the communities where we do business and our employees live.
G&K’s success depends on people working. That’s why our giving strategy supports educating, training and clothing the workforces in our communities. Our efforts are focused on helping people reach their full potential, especially in their work and careers. Our giving strategy is all about "Building Communities that Work.”
In 2005, we launched the G&K Services Foundation, which supports our communities through financial grants, in-kind uniform donations and matching employees’ United Way pledges.
The G&K Services Foundation gives priority consideration to organizations and programs that promote sustained, long-term change in education, human services, skills development and self-sufficiency training. We believe that an educated, highly skilled and diverse workforce is critical to a strong economy and successful communities.
From 2007 through 2014, the Foundation pledged more than $1.8 million in financial grants to charitable organizations and nonprofits. G&K also makes in-kind uniform donations, donating new and gently-used uniforms to support education and job training programs. In addition, we regularly provide skills training and career coaching to those who are unemployed or disabled through a variety of job site partnerships.
Throughout our business and across our 165 North American locations, G&K employees contribute generously to their communities – from volunteering at food shelves to donating to charitable causes. For example, in 2014 G&K employees, together with company matches, donated more than $320,000 to Greater Twin Cities United Way.
G&K fosters employee volunteerism by giving corporate employees time each year to participate in volunteer activities. Many of our people also give their time and expertise to serve as advisors and board members for nonprofit organizations.
Together, we strive to make a positive difference, building communities that work.