Working within the community is far more than a set objective we need to fulfill - it's simply part of who we are. The ethos of giving something back to the community began 30 years ago at Gripple Ltd. in Sheffield, England and continues at all of our overseas sites today.
Each year, we donate a percentage of our profits to charity, with our internal Charities Team meeting regularly to discuss fundraising events, as well as nominating worthy causes to benefit from future funding. We like to help out wherever we can, often focusing our efforts on charities and other causes that are less publicized and sometimes overlooked.
Another side of the work we do for worthy causes is best described as 'people power' projects, where teams of our people participate in off-site volunteer work, rather than just support by way of a financial donation. Our volunteers find these 'hands on' activities very rewarding as it gives them a chance to use their hidden skills, and they're also great team building activities!
One Chip Challenge
20 brave employees stepped up to do the #OneChipChallenge for Charity. The seasoning of the chip contains two of the hottest peppers currently available with a combined Scoville rating of 2.9 million Scoville Units. In total Gripple will be donating $2,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Ida! Click here to view the video.
"Thank you for donating to our Jennings Terrace residents, Gripple!"
5-K9 Dog Walk
Participants and their pups walked 3.1 miles at North Aurora Island Park. Gripple donated $10 per participant. A total of $516 was raised and donated to the Anderson Animal Shelter, A.D.O.P.T. and Downtown Dog Rescue.
In celebration of National Pi Day (the number, not the food), Gripple Inc. held a fundraiser where home-baked slices of various delicious pies were available for purchase, and a very messy Pie Eating Contest was held in the warehouse.
The contestants (some willing, some not-so-willing), paid a donation to participate. The Pie Eating Champion won a prize, and was also able to choose the charity that all proceeds would be donated to—the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Other awards could have been “Most Pie Inhaled Up the Nose in a Short Period of Time”, and maybe even “First Person to Have to Take a Sick Day After Eating Dessert”.
Fundraising Driven By Our People
Our people at Gripple Inc. organize a multitude of events every year in support of our charities and a range of other worthy causes. Events recently have included Bake Sales, 5K Dog Walks, Back-to-School supply donations, Breast Cancer awareness events, activities in support of Red Nose Day, donations for local homeless shelters, a BBQ raffle, and coin wars.