PepsiCo and Frito-Lay Mobilize Massive Volunteer Manpower in United Way ‘Day of Caring’ Event

More than 1,200 Employees to Contribute 4,800 Collective Volunteer Hours to Local Non-Profits

Volunteers help build garden at North Dallas school for United Way’s annual Day of CaringThe Dallas Morning News (Source)

PepsiCo and Frito-Lay Employees Lead Largest-Ever United Way ‘Day of Caring’ EventPreston Hollow BubbleLife (Source)

PepsiCo lends a helping hand to Children’s Advocacy CenterPlano Profile (Source)

PepsiCo and Frito-Lay mobilize Massive volunteer Manpower in United Way ‘Day of Caring’ EventMarketWatch (Source)

Frito-Lay CaresCBS DFW, Minute with Mitch

United Way, Pepsico Day of Caring benefits three district schoolsDallas ISD The Hub (Source)


Volunteers help build garden at North Dallas school for United Way’s annual Day of Caring

By Matt Peterson, The Dallas Morning News (Source)

Staff writer Shabnam Amini reports:

Students and volunteers celebrating the United Way’s annual Day of Caring had to paint, plant and plow Thursday to build vegetable gardens at a North Dallas elementary school.

About 1,250 workers from PepsiCo/Frito-Lay fanned out across North Texas to volunteer at more than 20 organizations, including the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program at Arthur Kramer Elementary School.

“We have over 75 volunteers coming out helping us to do things that would have taken us an enormous amount of time if we had to do it on our own,” said Katie Wanserski, the school’s principal. “Our kids use the gardens at least once a week and they feel a sense of pride when they come out here.”

Thanks to their work, the outdoor classroom now features newly painted picnic benches, new garden beds and a gazebo with a new roof.

“We also have volunteers tilling the dirt where they can show some of the students the different methods to plant,” said Aisha Lusk, engagement manager for United Way.

The coordinators also took the opportunity to teach Kramer students a few other valuable lessons, about health eating habits and the environment.

“We also want to teach them how to care for the environment and planet,” said Alexia Allina, senior director of communications for Frito-Lay.

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Fifth-grader Oscar Benanti used a pickax to loosen soil Thursday for the outdoor classroom at Arthur Kramer Elementary School. (Ben Torres/Special Contributor)


PepsiCo and Frito-Lay Employees Lead Largest-Ever United Way ‘Day of Caring’ Event

By Betsy Dixon, Preston Hollow BubbleLife (Source) – October 22, 2015

Frito-Lay and other PepsiCo employees from offices throughout the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex took part in the sixth annual PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring Thursday.  In what stands as the largest corporate United Way Day of Caring event in North Texas, an estimated 1,300 Frito-Lay and PepsiCo volunteers contributed approximately 5,000 hours of their time to 20 United Way service providers to help North Texans in need.

Volunteers blanketed the area, working to paint and repair facilities, sort donations, and host fall festivals for children.  All projects align with United Way’s key focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health.  In the past six years, PepsiCo’s Day of Caring event has contributed an estimated 29,000 volunteer hours to area non-profits.

At the media site at Preston Hollow’s Arthur Kramer Elementary School, more than 50 volunteers worked alongside students to construct vegetable gardens, encouraging healthy eating habits, environmental awareness and responsibility.  Volunteers also painted the school building’s exterior and repaired the roof of an outdoor gazebo.  Arthur Kramer is part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, a partnership developed by United Way and the Cooper Institute and funded in part by PepsiCo Foundation to prevent childhood obesity.

“The PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring is a great opportunity for our associates to get out and volunteer in the community,” said Chris Kuechenmeister, Vice President Communications, PepsiCo.  “The wide range of projects and volunteer opportunities allows our associates to truly make an impact and experience firsthand life-changing connections with the clients who benefit from United Way programs.”

PepsiCo and its Frito-Lay division have a long history of supporting United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  Each fall, Frito-Lay and other DFW-based PepsiCo associates participate in a fundraising campaign to show their commitment to the community, investing more than $39 million in United Way programs over the last 15 years.  Support will help United Way reach its 10-year community goals: preparing at least 60 percent of kids to graduate ready to succeed, moving 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improving health across the region.

“We are incredibly grateful for PepsiCo’s longstanding and generous support of United Way,” said Jennifer Sampson, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas president and CEO. “By giving their time, resources and collective heart power, employees are changing lives in North Texas forever, offering opportunity and secure futures for all who live and work here.”

Volunteers supported the following local organizations during this year’s PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring event:

  • Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Caldwell Elementary School
  • ChildCareGroup
  • Children’s Health
  • Dallas Furniture Bank
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Healthy Zone School- Hexter Elementary School
  • Healthy Zone School – Kramer Elementary School
  • Healthy Zone School- Price Elementary
  • Healthy Zone School- Robert T. Hill MS
  • Jubilee Park and Community Center
  • Mesquite Social Services
  • Mi Escuelita
  • Mosaic Family Services
  • Nexus Recovery Center
  • Pedi Place
  • REAL School Gardens- Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Family Place
  • The Samaritan Inn
  • The Senior Source
  • Trinity River Mission
  • Vogel Alcove

PepsiCo lends a helping hand to Children’s Advocacy Center

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By Rebecca Silvestri, Plano Profile (Source) – October 22,2015

The sixth annual PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring took place on Thursday October 22. The largest corporate “United Way Day of Caring” event in North Texas, some 1,300 employees, took part in various activities across the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex in support of more than a dozen local United Way agencies.

Among the organizations visited by the volunteers was the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, a private 501 (c) 3 organization which provides safety, healing and justice for child victims of abuse.

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At the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, the volunteers took a tour of the facility, and got to know the organization, before getting down to work. Among their tasks was helping organize the “Rainbow Room” [image top], the centers clothing storage which is currently being restocked with warm clothes for winter.

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PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring event

An estimated 1,300 PepsiCo and Frito-Lay associates contributed 5,000 volunteer hours in a single day to dozens of North Texas United Way agencies. This brings the total collective volunteer hours contributed through PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring events over the last five years to more than 25,000.

Volunteers took part in projects that include organizing donations, providing landscaping and facility maintenance, and conducting physical fitness activities with underprivileged students. All of the projects were designed to align with United Way’s focus on improving three specific areas: education, financial stability, and health and wellness.


 

PepsiCo and Frito-Lay mobilize Massive volunteer Manpower in United Way ‘Day of Caring’ Event

via MarketWatch (Source) – October 22,2015

Frito-Lay and other PepsiCo employees from offices throughout the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex today will take part in the sixth annual PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring. In what stands as the largest corporate United Way Day of Caring event in North Texas, an estimated 1,250 Frito-Lay and PepsiCo volunteers will contribute approximately 5,000 hours of their time to 20 United Way service providers to help North Texans in need.

Volunteers will blanket the area, working to paint and repair facilities, sort donations, and host fall festivals for children. All projects align with United Way’s key focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Over the past six years, Frito-Lay and other PepsiCo associates have contributed an estimated 29,000 volunteer hours to area non-profits through PepsiCo Day of Caring events .

“The PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring is a great opportunity for our associates to get out and volunteer in the community,” said Chris Kuechenmeister, vice president communications, PepsiCo. “The wide range of projects and volunteer opportunities allow our associates to truly make an impact and experience firsthand life-changing connections with the clients who benefit from United Way programs.”

PepsiCo and its Frito-Lay division have a long history of supporting United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Each fall, Frito-Lay and other DFW-based PepsiCo associates participate in a fundraising campaign to show their commitment to the community, investing more than $39 million in United Way programs over the last 15 years. Support will help United Way reach its 10-year community goals: preparing at least 60 percent of kids to graduate ready to succeed, moving 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improving health across the region.

“We are incredibly grateful for PepsiCo’s longstanding and generous support of United Way,” said Jennifer Sampson, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas president and CEO. “By giving their time, resources and collective heart power, employees are changing lives in North Texas forever, offering opportunity and secure futures for all who live and work here.”

Volunteers will support the following local organizations during this year’s PepsiCo United Way Day of Caring event:
•Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center
•Caldwell Elementary School
•ChildCareGroup
•Children’s Health
•Dallas Furniture Bank
•Goodwill Industries
•Healthy Zone School- Hexter Elementary School
•Healthy Zone School – Kramer Elementary School
•Healthy Zone School- Price Elementary
•Healthy Zone School- Robert T. Hill MS
•Jubilee Park and Community Center
•Mesquite Social Services
•Mi Escuelita
•Mosaic Family Services
•Nexus Recovery Center
•Pedi Place
•REAL School Gardens- Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
•The Salvation Army
•The Family Place
•The Samaritan Inn
•The Senior Source
•Trinity River Mission
•Vogel Alcove

About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health — the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50M annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities. Together, we UNITE FOREVER. To learn more, please visit UnitedWayDallas.org.

About PepsiCo: PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose—our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting, and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.


Frito-Lay Cares

 

via CBS DFW, Minute with Mitch – October 22, 2015

Rain or shine, today is big day for volunteers from Frito-Lay and other Pepsi workers in North Texas.  An estimated 12-hundred people are helping out at 20 schools and United Way agencies in the Dallas area.


United Way, Pepsico Day of Caring benefits three district schools

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via Dallas ISD The Hub (Source)

Earlier this month, Arthur Kramer Elementary fourth-graders worked with volunteers from the United Way to build outdoor vegetable gardens with the goal of encouraging healthy eating habits, environmental awareness and responsibility.

Two other Dallas ISD schools – Robert T. Hill Middle School and Victor H. Hexter Elementary School – were also part of the Day of Caring effort.

The event was one of several included in the United Way’s sixth-annual PepsiCo Day of Caring—the largest corporate United Way volunteer event planned in North Texas. Through the effort, 1,000 volunteers will contribute more than 4,000 hours of service including painting and repairing facilities, sorting donations and hosting fall festivals for children.

Kramer is a part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, developed by the United Way and The Cooper Institute, and funded in part by the PepsiCo Foundation to prevent childhood obesity.