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August 10, 2017
Community involvement, Ohio 10th anniversary

At Pepper, the impact we have on the communities we care for is just as important as the progress we make in bricks and mortar. We are deeply connected to Ohio – its growth, people, and communities – and we enjoy being involved in activities designed to truly make a difference.  Below are 10 community events and organizations that we believe are making an impact today and for future generations.

01.  Junior Achievement:

Junio Achievement prepares our children for success in their lives and careers. Their mission is to "foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential."  We know the children are our future, and this mission is why Pepper has supported their programs for the past decade. 

02.  Little Miami River Clean Up: 

Flowing 111 miles through five southwest Ohio counties, the Little Miami River is Ohio's first designated State Wild and Scenic River.  Since 1971, the Little Miami Conservancy has worked to keep the river trash-free.  As members of the community, we believe in supporting the heritage and restoration of this historic river and have helped the Conservancy remove everything from tires to drainage pipes to hot water tanks.  While it's a mystery how these ended up in the river, Pepper is proud to help this group chart a new course for the river's future!

03.  Mid-Ohio Foodbank

For almost 37 years, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank has helped feed hungry people across central and eastern Ohio. Through their network of over 650 non-profit partner agencies across 20 Ohio counties, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank distributes over 60 million pounds of food each year. We recognize that hunger is an issue in our communities, and for the past decade, we have donated over 140,000 meals.  That is enough food to feed 12 people for 10 years!  

04.  Lincoln Heights Food Pantry

Located in Hamilton County, the Lincoln Heights Food Pantry services the Lincoln Heights area and surrounding communities.  Pepper Ohio's Cincinnati office calls Hamilton County home and because of this, we have supported this organization by helping to battle hunger in our local community by donating thousands of canned goods each year.

05.  HeartChase

Hosted by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, HeartChase is a fun event each spring where attendees complete multiple challenges throughout the day.  By participating in events like HeartChase, Pepper and other organizations work to support the Association's goal of reducing 20% of deaths from heart disease and stroke by 2020.

06.  Higher Education:  

From happier and healthier lives to economic growth and stability, we value the benefits of higher education and in an effort to support students wishing to pursue degrees in construction management, Pepper has participated in speaking engagements and jobsite tours at colleges and universities like The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University.

07.  Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council

The Simon Kenton Council serves 17 counties in central and southern Ohio, and Greenup County in northern Kentucky.  By providing programs to help young people build character, act as responsible citizens, and develop personal fitness, Pepper helps the Council's five-year strategic plan "to be recognized as a premier your development organization" and contributes over 600 volunteer hours per year.

08.  Builders Exchange of Central Ohio

With over 700 member firms, the Builders Exchange not only educates the commercial construction industry on the hottest topics that are reshaping our industry, but they also provide safety and leadership training.  In addition to their educational goals, the BX also recognizes achievements in the construction industry with awards for accomplishments like Safety and Craftsmanship.

09.  Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity helps families nationwide in need of affordable housing by either building or improving their homes.  Fun Fact: Did you know since 2007, lumber from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been used to help a family build their Habitat for Humanity house?  Pretty cool.  As members of the construction industry, Pepper has helped contribute and built homes in our communities. 

10.  Local churches:

Churches play an important role in our communities by helping our neighbors who have an immediate need. Supporting our communities through the work our people do as part of their faith, like mission trips and fundraisers, enables this work to be done in a personal way. 

Click on the video below to see an overview of Pepper Ohio’s community involvement.

About the Author

Jen Kunz

Jennifer KunzDirector of Business Development, Cincinnati

As director of business development, Jen is responsible for forming new business relationships and extending current partnerships. She has more than 17 years of sales and marketing experience, having led strategic efforts for several architectural and engineering consulting firms and a Fortune 500 financial services corporation. One of Jen's strengths is seeing the unique needs of each client and guiding project teams to focus on what matters most.

Jen serves as the membership director for the Cincinnati chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She holds an MBA from Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.