Maintaining a High Level of Community Responsibility
At G&K Services, we believe in putting people first. We know that our company continues to enjoy success when people are able to work. Therefore, we promote a giving strategy that supports the development of jobs and work in our communities. As a part of this focus, we are committed to education and human services. This philanthropy focuses on helping people reach their full potential especially in their work and careers. In short, G&K is building a giving strategy related to "Building Communities that Work".
G&K connects employees with communities through:
- Volunteering: Encouraging our employees (individually and as teams) to volunteer in their communities.
- G&K Services Foundation*: Support for organizations and projects that focus on education and human services through financial grants.
- In-Kind Donations: Providing donations of clothing and products to organizations focused on building communities that work, including education and human services.
- Community Leadership: Supporting our employees to serve in leadership roles in community organizations especially those groups that strive to build communities that work.
- Special Initiatives:
- United Way: Participating in local United Way organizations that improve lives and strengthen the communities where G&K does business and where our employees live and work.
- Breast Cancer Awareness: Each year, G&K donates 10% of the sale price of our Workforce for a Cure apparel to a different breast cancer research organization.
*In 2013, G&K Services Foundation will accept funding proposals by invitation.
The G&K Services Foundation is committed to educating, training, and clothing the workforces in the communities where G&K does business and where its employees live and work. In keeping with our overarching giving strategy, we will give top priority to grant applications that build communities that work.
Priority consideration is given to organizations and programs that promote sustained, long-term change in the following areas:
Jobs and work programs that actively promote employment in our communities
- Education, including higher education, vocational/technical training, and youth and adult leadership development, and especially education directly related to jobs and careers
- Human services, including the provision of clothes for educational and employment purposes;
- Skills development (e.g., GED, ESL and literacy)
- Self-sufficiency (e.g., employment procurement/job training and vocational rehabilitation).
Requests for funding from existing grantees or by invitation only should be sent to the following on or before July 31, 2013:
G&K Services Foundation
Attn: Colleen Keller
5995 Opus Parkway
Minnetonka, MN 55343
ph. (952) 912-5702