Pepper is grateful for the communities in which we live and work. This year, we are honored to support several tremendous organizations that aid our friends, neighbors and colleagues across the Midwest.
These groups promote diversity, share fresh, nutritious food, support learning and mentorship for young people, broaden horizons through unique experiences, provide shelter and resources for thousands of people and generally make our world a better place. You can learn more and donate to support them below.
Together, we can transform tomorrow for countless people during the holidays and throughout the entire year.
The Brookfield Zoo’s 235-acre zoological park features 3,481 animals belonging to 511 species. The team works alongside community leaders at the Bishop Shepherd Little Memorial Center, which is located in Back of the Yards and serves Englewood residents. Their collaboration provides family education programs that focus on care for local wildlife and conservation through gardening. Bishop Shepherd Little is the Zoo’s longest-running community partner.
In the early 1870s, four Little Sisters of the Poor came to Indianapolis to serve the neediest elderly of every race and religion, caring them as family. Today, St. Augustine offers 96 Residents an atmosphere of peace, happiness, and security for their remaining years. Located near St. Vincent’s, Residents are offered a full continuum of care through independent living apartments, assisted living or total nursing care.
PanCAN was the first organization dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way. For more than two decades, they have grown a nationwide movement tackling the disease from all angles. Their mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge and advocating for patients.
Lincoln Heights Outreach provides activities and support services that address the social, emotional, physical, mental spiritual and economic well-being needs of the individual and family population in their adjacent and surrounding neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Their mission is to empower families and individuals toward becoming self- sufficient while improving and assisting in maintaining a healthy, independent and sustainable lifestyle that maximizes their quality of life.
Mid-Ohio Food Collective is ending hunger today, tomorrow and for a lifetime. We provide enough food for about 140,000 meals each and every day to help stabilize families, connect hungry neighbors with community services to help them toward economic sufficiency, and energize the community to address root causes of hunger so everyone thrives.
Lockland Local School District is located in the Village of Lockland, a small and diverse community located just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. The district serves an average of 550 students in grades K-12 who reside in Lockland and Arlington Heights, as well as from surrounding communities through open enrollment. Founded in 1851, Lockland graduates include the first African-American Navy Seal, scientists who developed life-saving medications, authors of stories for several Academy Award-nominated films, and many professional performers and athletes.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's mission to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife makes life-defining, jaw-dropping moments possible. It turns people of all ages into animal lovers, advocates and conservationists, while impacting wildlife around the globe. Members are entitled to free, year-around admission and many other exclusive perks. Join us as part of the zoo’s living, breathing mission statement.
The Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati is one of Ohio’s largest food banks, distributing 33 million meals annually through a network of 511 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers and daycare facilities.
Multiple wars and multiple deployments of service men and women has resulted in an array of difficulties derailing their ability to transition back into civilian life. Center for Veterans Issues' (CV) broad spectrum of resources, programs and services include housing, education, employment and training, supportive services, case management and other wraparound services and community collaborations. CVI will continue to address the needs of our veterans, their families and the communities in which they live.
Acts Housing families help create vibrant neighborhoods through homeownership. We provide one-on-one and online, HUD-approved homebuyer and financial counseling for individuals and families to help them become ready to buy. As a real estate brokerage, Acts represents families in the purchase of homes for owner occupancy. Acts then helps them plan and execute home rehabilitation with a focus on reclaiming vacant foreclosures, and Acts Lending, Inc. provides mortgage loans for rehabilitation projects.
Logan’s Heart and Smiles is dedicated to improving homes and inspiring hope to Wisconsin's families with children with special needs. The organization was founded in honor of Logan, who was born with cerebral palsy and died at age four. The challenges families face in keeping up with their daily lives as well as the financial pressures of medical bills, equipment and therapy can be overwhelming. Logan’s Hearts & Smiles helps those in need by providing safer, accessible environments at reduced labor costs.
The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County works to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Working in conjunction with with local businesses, foundations and community organizations, the Club's vision is that all members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, which includes demonstrating a good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.