Last year was another great year for our company with store openings and remodels, special fundraising promotions and events, community donations, volunteer activities, and so much more!
Our company opened 6 new restaurants in 2018 and remodeled several more locations across all of our markets to better accommodate customer needs and enhance the guest experience. New services like drive thrus, digital kiosk ordering, and delivery were incorporated into all new Panera Bread locations to provide our craveable and clean food in the most convenient ways possible.
In 2018, we established Covelli Cares, a program designed to formalize the philanthropy that has always been a part of our culture at Covelli Enterprises. The Covelli Cares umbrella encompasses all of our community giving programs and activities.
Our company was able to donate $32 million to charitable organizations in 2018, in both monetary and product donations. Much of this total was donated daily through each and every cafe as part of our Day-End Dough-Nation program to hunger relief agencies, but it also includes fundraising within the 4-walls of our cafes through our Community Breadbox, Change Roll-Up programs, and in-store fundraising promotions where a portion of our sales are donated to local partners. Our most notable campaigns are our Pieces of Hopes for Autism cookie campaign in April and our Pink Ribbon Bagel sales in October. Each of these promotions raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for our partner organizations.
Other community donations are given as we see needs arise in our communities for example, our support for tornado victims in North Carolina, families of fallen police officers in Central Ohio, or people in need in Warren, Ohio where we are headquartered.
Our commitment to giving back doesn’t stop there, and in 2018 we continued to encourage volunteerism among our employees in all of the markets we serve. Covelli employees gave their time to such worthy causes as Toys for Toys, Reds Rookie Success League, local foodbanks and more.
Our goal is use our success in business to continue to make a positive impact on our communities. So as we grow and continue to mold our brand to fit the needs of our customers, we also hope to continue to address the needs of the neighborhoods around us.
Sam Covelli, the Covelli family, and the entire Covelli Enterprises organization thanks both the wonderful employees who represent us in our local communities and the customers who join us in our restaurants each day for giving us the opportunity to accomplish so much in 2018.
Here’s to 2019!