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Inspire Celebrates Inaugural Good Citizens Month

October 29, 2020
By Raj Prashad

One of Inspire’s core behaviors is to be Good Citizens, playing a valuable role in helping communities grow and supporting team members across the country. Those efforts take place at every level across Inspire, from in-restaurant team members to franchisees, support center team members, as well as brand partnerships with philanthropic organizations, both locally and nationally. This October, Inspire dedicated the entire month toward giving back with a company-wide initiative: Good Citizens Month.

“From serving our guests to supporting our communities, being a Good Citizen is at the heart of who Inspire Brands is and how we operate.” Paul Brown, CEO and Co-founder of Inspire Brands

Throughout October, the Inspire Foundation encouraged team members across the organization to mobilize. The Foundation engaged them by offering opportunities and events where they could give back within their local communities – both in-person and virtually.

Inspire CEO Paul Brown took the lead by helping to assemble teddy bears for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Team members across the United States followed suit by supporting disabled veterans, animal shelters, providing donations of supplies to those in need and mentoring students through tutoring and virtual learning. Some made small gestures of goodwill, like cooking meals for families impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Others donated their time to clean up local communities, like one of Inspire’s business resource groups, the Champions of Women Leaders, which collected 2,000 gallons of trash in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“This has been one of the best moments of my entire career. It’s humbling and inspiring to work for a company that believes in something like this and empowers their team members to give back.” Kiera Shahan, Buffalo Wild Wings District Manager

At Inspire, being Good Citizens includes team members elevating each other. With that in mind, Inspire’s support center team members coordinated sending more than 2,200 hand-written notes of gratitude to company-owned restaurant teams nationwide through a project titled Operation Appreciation. While it has been a unique year with countless challenges and changes, these teams worked harder than ever to execute at the highest levels possible, providing exceptional service to guests across Inspire’s portfolio of brands.

Collectively across Inspire, team members, along with their families and friends volunteered more than 6,000 hours throughout October. But the work doesn’t stop when Good Citizens Month ends, as Inspire continues to support communities across the country through youth-related and other philanthropic efforts such as childhood hunger initiatives, youth leadership and career readiness.

To learn more about why Inspire is a restaurant company unlike any other and to explore career opportunities, go to careers.inspirebrands.com.