From the very beginning, Meijer has been concerned about the needs of the communities we serve. This sense of community responsibility has led Meijer to spend millions of dollars each year helping others.
Meijer contributes to many organizations including food banks, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, senior centers, hospitals and clinics, Boy and Girl Scouts, Chambers of Commerce, Lions Club, Kiwanis, parks and recreation, local police and fire departments, YMCA, YWCA, Little League, educational programs, arts and culture, 4-H, community parades, churches, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and more. Meijer makes sure that these contributions are directed to programs in the local area. Each store also donates to worthy causes in its own market. In addition, Meijer Team Members often volunteer to assist on these projects.
These activities have had amazing results. For example:
A Meijer Team Member and a representative of the Center for the Homeless walked 130 miles non-stop from the Meijer headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the homeless shelter in South Bend, Indiana. The two walked for 53 hours and raised $10,000, which will help the homeless shelter build a much-needed 30,000 square foot addition.
When floodwaters raged over southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, Meijer Team Members organized as volunteers to help with relief efforts.
Even though several Meijer Team Members were directly affected by the flood, many were able to put their own interests aside to help their neighbors. The volunteers loaded and unloaded trucks and distributed supplies at local first aid stations. Four area Meijer stores donated four semi trailers full of desperately needed relief supplies including 760 gallons of water, dozens of waders, 4,200 shirts, crates of shoes and boots, and nearly one ton of bananas.
In Springfield, Ohio, Meijer Team Members helped throw a holiday party for 17 children who otherwise may not have had one. The children live at Hickory Cottage and have no family but the staff and each other. Our Team Members brought treats and gifts for the children and everyone had a great time.
When a water main break in Rochester Hills, Michigan resulted in unsafe drinking water, the local Meijer teamed up with the Rochester Hills Fire Station to distribute 4,368 gallons of bottled drinking water to local residents.
Whether in a neighborhood or a family, everyone must pitch in and do their share. As Fred Meijer says, "Wherever we establish a store, we want people to think that the town is better off because we came."