As part of a wider effort, on April 2, Dunkin' Donuts also launched a nationwide call to recruit one million new volunteers to support Homes for Our Troops and our nation's courageous servicemen and women. Since then, Homes for Our Troops has seen nearly a 25 percent increase in new volunteers. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.dunkindonuts.com/icedcoffeeday.
"Through our Iced Coffee Day event we intend to show our appreciation to both our customers and the veterans who have given selflessly to their country," says Frances Allen, Dunkin' Donuts' brand marketing officer. "We hope our partnership with Homes for Our Troops will inspire our customers to also do their part through volunteerism."
Dunkin' Donuts began its partnership with Homes for Our Troops in December 2008 when the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, which is dedicated to serving those who serve others--especially in times of crisis--donated $100,000 to the organization to support ten "Build Brigades." A "Build Brigade" is a three-day construction blitz to get a house framed and install doors, windows, a roof, and siding. In 2009, professional trades people and volunteers are expected to participate in more than 30 "Build Brigades" throughout the country.
"Dunkin' Donuts continues to demonstrate its dedication to supporting military families and soldiers serving overseas," says John Gonsalves, president and founder of Homes for Our Troops. "Through its ongoing support, we are able to provide severely injured veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and sacrificed so much for their country, with specially adapted homes that enable them to regain independence lost as a result of their injuries."