Aramark Building Community logoSince 2007, Aramark and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities have partnered to help communities thrive through Aramark Building Community. This global volunteer and philanthropic program enriches and nourishes lives by partnering with local community centers to inspire families to lead healthy lifestyles and help people succeed in the workforce. Through Aramark Building Community, we apply our expertise and knowledge, to address these important community needs.

The goals of Aramark Building Community are to:

  • Foster long-term relationships between Aramark and local community centers through meaningful and ongoing volunteer experiences
  • Leverage Aramark’s expertise to make an impact in the areas of workforce readiness and health and wellness
  • Direct grants and other resources to communities most in need

Aramark Building Community grants support collaboration between local Aramark volunteers and organizations in the Alliance network by helping to fund boots-on-the-ground programs that advance our work to improve the health, wellness, and employment success of families.

Program Areas and Grant Opportunities

The Aramark-Alliance partnership includes four key programs and grants.

Aramark Building Community Academy

A forum to enhance the operational and program excellence of community centers in the areas of health and wellness and employment through learning and grant opportunities. In 2013 and 2014, a total of $150,000 was distributed to eight Alliance member organizations to increase the scale of strong health and wellness programs. This exclusive grant opportunity is open to all Alliance member organizations.

Aramark Building Community Grants

These funds allow community centers and local Aramark employees to develop and collaborate on a yearlong activity plan within Aramark’s two major focus areas: Health and wellness and workforce readiness. Once the teams have established the goals for the year, community centers lead the process of submitting the grant applications and reporting on completed activities.

Aramark Building Community Day

This is a single day that unites thousands of Aramark employees globally volunteer together and celebrate their year-round commitment to inspire families to lead healthier lifestyles and help people succeed through education and employment. 

Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award

The Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award (formerly known as the Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award) honors one exceptional high-impact organization that is driving a culture of population health and well-being within its community. It identifies an organization that is a true change agent that elevates its staff and communities in leadership, manifesting itself in a more equitable approach, sustained community change, and measurable improvement in population health and well-being. The award winner is recognized at national events and receives speaking opportunities, promotional tools, and a $15,000 grant.