We are so proud of Nick Price! Nick is an alumni who now works at Yum! Brands as a member of the Pizza Hut Help Desk. Every month, Nick and his team bring 25 pizzas to serve our clients for lunch alternating between the men's and women's campuses.
Nick was just awarded the Yum! Brands Foundation's grand prize volunteer grant, $25,000 for The Healing Place! Nick's project was chosen to win out of all of the other volunteer projects Yum! employees do worldwide. The full press release from the Yum! Brands Foundation is below.
Yum! Brands Announces
$25,000 Grand Prize Volunteer Grant to The Healing Place
2015 Global Volunteerism Program Awarded $325,000 in Charity Grants
(Louisville, KY) Yum! Brands, Inc. is proud to announce their 2015 Global Volunteerism Awards with two winning grants in the Louisville, KY community. Employees from 20 countries tracked over 40,000 volunteer hours working with their favorite charities on more than 150 community impact projects. Yum! employees anywhere in the world can take part in the program by selecting a local charity partner and identifying a project that will serve their needs. The Yum! Brands Foundation will support employee volunteer efforts by funding those projects up to $5,000 and then recognize projects that made the biggest impact with even larger grants at the end of the year. The Yum! Brands Foundation awarded 60 volunteer grants in 2015 with a total value of $325,000.
The 2015 grand prize winning grant will go to The Healing Place in recognition of a volunteer project led by the Pizza Hut team in Louisville. Team Captain, Nicholas Price is a Senior Help Desk Specialist and has been with the company for nearly three years. More importantly, Nicholas is an alumni of The Healing Place program. His experience with the organization helped drive his passion and led him to convince his colleagues that The Healing Place was the ideal charity to sponsor with their volunteer project. As a help desk team, the group had to be creative to ensure that their volunteerism did not affect their ability to resolve issues for store level employees. Nicholas’ team helped feed over 1,500 men and women (a total of 2,400 pizza slices), saving the organization thousands of dollars so they could focus on other homeless and recovery programs.
Nicholas remembers one particular pizza delivery, “There were 10 or so female clients standing outside the entrance. As soon as we got out of the car with the pizza they all started screaming "YAY! PIZZA!" Anything we can do to brighten their day and maybe help them to stay another day to complete The Healing Place program is a success in my book.” This project has inspired others to join the cause and the team has grown to 50 volunteers as they continue monthly pizza deliveries to The Healing Place in 2016. “We are very grateful for this generous gift from the Yum! Brands Foundation and are extremely proud of Nick. At The Healing Place, one of the core values we teach is giving back to others. When Nick and his team come to our campus every month, they are doing more than putting a slice of pizza on the plate; they are showing our clients what giving back really looks like.” states Doug Scott, Major Gifts Officer at The Healing Place
Laura Melillo Barnum of the Yum! Brands Foundation, “We were moved by Nicholas’ story and his team’s ability to turn a $1,000 grant into a $25,000 grand prize winning project. Nicholas clearly has a huge heart and we’re happy to recognize his volunteer efforts with The Healing Place. This grant could not come at a better time with the organization going through a campaign to fund a new facility. We hope this grant will raise awareness for The Healing Place and encourage others to support them however possible.”
The other global volunteerism grants were awarded to teams from KFC Russia ($20,000), Turkey ($10,000) and a Louisville-based Human Resources group that was awarded $5,000 for their five-year partnership with Portland Elementary School. The local team volunteers with 3rd – 5th graders by sponsoring a Peace Garden project, developing lessons around the plant life cycle and hosting Family Nights to allow the students to share their learnings with their parents all while providing a hot meal.
Posted on February 26, 2016
by Laci Comer