Released 3 March 2012
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Papa John's International Transforms the Block at The Salvation Army in Orlando
More than 800 volunteers will tackle 30 projects in four hours
Orlando, Fla. (March 2, 2012) - The tents are up, but the circus isn't in town. Final preparations are being made at The Salvation Army in Orlando for a jam-packed day of service.
On Monday, March 5th from noon until 4:00pm, more than 800 volunteers from Papa John's International will be at The Salvation Army tackling projects on every inch of its city block. The volunteers are attending an operators conference Papa John's is holding here in Orlando. Papa John's operators have come from all over the world to attend this conference and will give back to the community as part of their participation.
Papa John's has a strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which the company operates. This year, the Orlando community is the blessed recipient of the company's giving spirit.
More than 30 projects are planned for Monday, which, all together, will change the face of the block.
A block party will be held on one corner of the block, a playground will be built and a mural painted in another corner, a community garden will be designed in another, and landscaping in another.
Papa John's will make an impact on the entire block, in every building-from fresh paint to new light bulbs.
Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Orlando, Major Andy Kelly says, "When I think about all the time and effort Papa John's has devoted to our campus already and picture the hundreds of volunteers who will all be working together to improve our block in a way we could never do on our own...I am humbled. I am overwhelmed. And I am exceedingly thankful."
Salvation Army Men's Shelter resident, Francisco Fernandez states, "the fact that Papa John's is doing this for us means a lot. It encourages all of us and makes us feel special that others are willing to give back to improve the place that, at least for now, we call home."
In addition to Papa John's employees, other volunteer groups are also helping for the big day. Summit Church tore down the existing playground and prepared the area behind our Women's and Children's Shelter for installing a new one.
A student-organized service club from Mount Dora Bible School, Walt Disney World VoluntEARS and volunteers from Nike Distribution all helped The Salvation Army prepare for a successful day of service.
Director of Volunteer Services for The Salvation Army, Wendy Hu, says "the help we have received from community groups has been instrumental in bringing this project to life. When the Papa John's volunteers arrive on Monday, it will be amazing to see the changes happen in such a short amount of time."
The Salvation Army is so thankful for Papa John's commitment to giving back to the community not just here in Orlando but around the world. As always, The Salvation Army appreciates the continued support of the Central Florida community as it serves others by "doing the most good for the most people in the most need1."
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 84 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyorlando.org
Funding, in part, provided by the Heart of Florida United Way, the City or Orlando, and Orange County.
1 Evangeline Booth, 1919.