We value the neighborhoods in which we do business and strive to improve them with our presence. We recognize our success depends not only on the skill sets and contributions of our team members and the relationships we foster with our franchisees, but also on the health and prosperity of the communities in which we do business. We have seen clear and tangible results through our efforts in supporting programs that care for children and improve education.
Our franchisees are a significant source of inspiration and commitment to our neighborhoods. In 2015, Applebee's® franchisees' employees donated 54,000 hours of community service with an average of 30 employees per restaurant donating their time.
We hope to make a difference by giving back in the communities where we operate. In its purest form, it is one way we say "thank you."
Every year , we're involved with hundreds of fundraisers and events taking place across the country. Some of these include:
We also seek to engage our team members in community-investment and development initiatives that serve the communities where we live and operate. An annual Philanthropic Day provides paid time off for our team members, giving them an opportunity to volunteer a full day to support a philanthropic effort of their choosing. In 2015, team members at our Restaurant Support Centers invested nearly 2,700 person hours of work in our neighborhoods with organizations like Habitat for Humanity.