Per Mar believes in giving back to the communities it serves by actively volunteering and giving monetary support to local organizations. In 1980, Per Mar established its own Charity Fund, which is an internal account funded completely by employees and the company.
Per Mar’s Charity Fund gives monetary support to organizations that work to alleviate community problems and strengthen cultural and educational programs with the community. Employees of Per Mar can contribute money to this fund and Per Mar matches dollar-for-dollar what employees contribute. To date, contributions total 1.4 million and counting!
Not only do Per Mar employees give monetary support to organizations in our community, but our employees fund raise and donate their time to local organizations as well. Per Mar has a Friday Jeans Day once a month where an employees pay to wear jeans. The money raised from Jeans Day is donated to a local organization.
Hand-in-Hand is one of the many organizations that Per Mar supports. Every year Per Mar participates in Hand-in-Hand’s Chili Cook-off, one of their largest fundraising events of the year. Per Mar team members prepare for the event by raising money by hosting an internal mini cook-off, bingo, taco bars, employee jeans days, bake sales, raffles and more.
Days leading up the event, employees make gallons of chili and volunteer at the Chili Cook-off event. For past three years, Per Mar has won the Spirit Award at the Chili Cook-off, which is awarded to the team who raises the most money.
Other local Quad Cities organizations that Per Mar employees are actively involved in are Junior Achievement, American Heart Association, YMCA, Children’s Therapy Center, Friendly House and Handicapped Development Center.
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