Hunger is a problem all year, but it can be particularly devastating during the holidays. When Guardian decided they wanted to help stock local food pantries during the holiday, they found a fun way to motivate their employees to remember to participate.
Jeans for Beans is a yearly activity where Guardian employees bring in a nonperishable food item and get to wear jeans the day. Through this activity Guardian employees donate boxes and boxes of food to the Jubilee Kitchen and selected local organizations in and surrounding Pittsburgh.
Employees box up canned goods and deliver them to the soup kitchen that serves about 125 guests a day. We’ve been doing Jeans for Beans since 2006 and we donate about 900 pounds of food each year.
“At Guardian, part of our employee culture is built around charitable pursuits and I think the effects have been positive in a number of ways. I am personally humbled that we have so many generous people working for Guardian Protection Services,” said Joe Colosimo, president of Guardian Protection Services.
Guardian employees have initiated several other charitable activities in the office including “Penny Wars” for the American Cancer Society, walking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk and Dash For Down Syndrome, collecting clothing for the Salvation Army, and holding bake sales for numerous organizations such as the Kingsley Association East Liberty Family Support Center and Autism Speaks. The company also participates in the annual Cranberry CUP, which raises money for local causes.
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