The grants include nearly $400,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council, $300,000 to America's Second Harvest--the Nation's Food Bank Network, and $25,000 to the Leary Firefighters Foundation. The grants will help these organizations improve their preparedness and response by providing the resources needed to expand training, build and improve infrastructure, and raise public awareness about their respective missions.
The new grants mark the second round of giving for the two-year-old Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, which includes previous grants to America's Second Harvest and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation has now contributed more than $1.2 million to emergency response organizations. In addition, Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees nationwide have supported a variety of emergency response organizations with cash grants, hero recognition events, employee volunteer programs, blood drives, and other initiatives.
The Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation was created in partnership with the franchise owners of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to support emergency response organizations before a crisis occurs. The Foundation's goal is to help ensure that those heroes we depend on during a disaster have the training, equipment and resources they need to rise to any occasion. "The Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation exists to serve an often overlooked goal--supporting emergency responders before a crisis arises," says Stephan Shelton, chairman of the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation and a franchisee of both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.
"These grants will greatly assist three important organizations to build the talent and infrastructure they need to support our communities when they need them the most."