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Volunteering in Our Communities


It’s a tradition we can’t get enough of: getting Border Foods leaders out of our restaurants and into the community for some hands-on volunteering. Enjoy highlights from an active 2023 holiday season across the markets!

“We try to get involved with organizations that we already have relationships with through the Taco Bell Foundation,” says Community Outreach Specialist Mollie Sommer. Proximity to our restaurants is obviously key.

Volunteering for organizations that already receive grants from the Foundation gives our Area Coaches (ACs) and managers the chance to engage directly with those who benefit from our year-round Round Up fundraising at the register. 

Volunteering “freshens it up,” gets our people doing something out of the norm for a couple of hours.

Spotlight on Sioux Falls, SD

Border Foods has been volunteering during the holidays for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire since 2015. In December, a small team of our volunteers stopped by the club to read stories and work on art projects with local youth. In recent years, costumes have added to our fun — Assistant General Manager (AGM) Nick Ragsdale from Mitchell, SD, dressed up to become “Saint Nick” and handed out treats to the kids.

“I love the focus on youth and building the future for all these great kids.” -Steve Spindler, New Area Coach

Boys & Girls All Around

Border Foods teams volunteered at 10 Boys & Girls Clubs in 2023, including the Sioux Empire club. AC Jenn Coleman sums up the benefit to kids perfectly: “They get direct interaction with an adult who cares about them and helps them do fun things!” 

Check out all of our other stops during the 2023 holiday season:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley

Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland

“Our team had a blast with the kids!” -Jenn Coleman, Area Coach

Boys & Girls Club of Rockford

Boys & Girls Clubs of Twin Cities

Boys & Girls Clubs Yellowstone County

In addition to making an impression on our local youth in various markets, helping out with holiday crafts and playing basketball, we also sent teams of volunteers to:

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

St. Cloud Salvation Army