The Most Important Kind of Local Service
I’m going to take a brief break from talking about local delivery to discuss the local community. We started Grand Junction to improve the local delivery industry and, by extension, the communities the local delivery companies serve. We also wanted to make a direct impact on our community, so from day one we made a commitment to contribute 1 percent of Grand Junction’s revenue to those in need. Our employees nominate beneficiaries, then allocate points to determine how the annual pool is allocated. It’s been fun to watch the process and to see the variety of nominations. Here’s the list of the beneficiaries from our 2014 Fund:
1. Alameda Arson Victims Fund: Provides assistance to several businesses in downtown Alameda, California, who were the victims of random arson.
2. Food Runners: Picks up perishable and prepared food from participating restaurants, bakeries, etc. and delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs.
3. Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue: Prevents cats with treatable conditions from being euthanized by finding them loving, permanent homes.
4. Induz: Engages low-income students with the arts, doubling their likelihood of graduating from college.
5. Raphael House: Helps at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.
6. Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco: Provides local families with a springboard to secure, stable futures through affordable home ownership, financial literacy, and neighborhood revitalization.