LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (August 22, 2013) — Texas Roadhouse, Inc. received the 2013 Innovative Partnership Award from Business First of Louisville.
Selected from a pool of large companies, with revenues above $50,000, Texas Roadhouse was honored for its unique community outreach approach. The company provides money to each department at its Support Center and empowers employees to select which non-profit organizations to assist. Texas Roadhouse even makes work hours available for employees to volunteer.
Community Relations Manager, Diania Ciresi, developed the program nearly six years ago with the goal of providing employees the freedom to direct their philanthropic efforts to organizations they are passionate about. She asked the company’s department leaders if they would be interested in having a few thousand discretionary dollars to devote to philanthropy.
“I asked them to talk with their teams. What passions, what organizations would you support? If you could set up your own outreach would you be interested? Everyone raised their hands and said, ‘Absolutely.’”
The program is proving to be more successful than envisioned and has grown each year, both in terms of dollars and volunteer hours donated.
This spring the Information Technology Department, consisting of 40 Texas Roadhouse employees, bought plants and paved a walkway for the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center/Easter Seals of Louisville on Bluegrass Parkway. Last year in support of an employee’s autistic son, three departments joined efforts to create an observation room, which allows adults to observe their children during therapy without distracting them.
Each department receives money based on its size. Employees are encouraged to pick their own causes and set their own schedules, assuming they’ll do the work on company time. Last year, nearly 300 employees participated in the program.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. In just 19 years, Texas Roadhouse has grown to more than 385 locations in 48 states. The company is famous for hand-cut steaks, made-from-scratch sides, fresh-baked bread, and its lively atmosphere. In 2007 and 2008 Forbes magazine ranked the company as one of the 200 Best Small Companies and in 2009 the company was ranked "Best Value" by readers of Consumer Reports magazine. For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com.