Our location-based approach to community involvement and charitable giving allows us to impact where our team members live and work in ways that best benefit the community. Our goal is for our communities to consider Pilgrim’s a good neighbor and a willing community partner. We want our team members to be involved and active in their local communities, volunteer at events and support impactful initiatives. These opportunities not only provide our team members with a great deal of satisfaction, but also give them the chance to talk to, work with and engage directly with members of our communities—answering questions about what we do each day as a business.
We do not set companywide giving or volunteering targets; instead, each facility has an annual budget dedicated to supporting local initiatives and communities. While some facilities focus on working to better the lives of local youth, others choose to assist in the fight to alleviate hunger in their communities.
Each Pilgrim’s facility is encouraged to follow some basic guidelines for partnering with the community and determining the best use of the funds. While we do not have set qualifications for our charitable support, we prioritize organizations that:
- Support the disadvantaged and those in need
- Improve the development and well-being of youth
- Promote agriculture
- Support our team members
- Promote acceptance and diversity
- Support our local communities
Keeping these criteria in mind, each facility’s Human Resources Director and General Manager support organizations and community functions that they believe will have the greatest impact on their community. We strive to provide a balance between providing financial support and in-person volunteer hours that match community requests.
We evaluate our giving to ensure we are having real impact by reviewing event execution and assessing how well the organization used Pilgrim’s support. We use this feedback to decide if support or participation is appropriate in subsequent years.