“I was bullied as a kid and as an adult I have been discriminated against for being overweight. It hurts. I decided long ago that I would take that hurt and turn it into a positive by giving to people who need a helping hand.”
-- Jimmy John Liautaud – Founder and Chairman of the Board, Jimmy John's
Jimmy John's, the company, has adopted the giving passion of their founder, Jimmy John Liautaud. Here are some of the ways that Jimmy John's gives:
A healthy smile is important to build self-confidence and help people succeed in life. When Jimmy meets a trainee or a rock star in a store that needs dental work, he arranges for their treatment and pays for it. He and his family have taken that passion to a new level by funding the initial start-up costs plus operation costs of the Francis Nelson SmileHealthy dental clinic in Champaign, Illinois. The dental center provides access to dental care for low-income adults.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Jimmy John's donates funds to many, many causes that support the education, research, and promotion of good health. We give significantly to hospitals such as: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Mayo Clinic, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and to philanthropic organizations like American Heart Association, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, Jimmy John's has funded organizations that promote healthy lifestyles such as our donation to the Champaign, Illinois YMCA Wellness Center.
Thanks to the men and women of our armed forces for the sacrifices each of you and your families make to allow us the freedom we enjoy. To show that appreciation and support, Jimmy John's donated $1M to the Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of killed or disabled American military. God Bless America!
Jimmy was the second to last in his high school class and chose to start his own business, instead of going to college. Although, building a sandwich chain was Jimmy's calling, students' access to education is extremely important to him, so we give to many educational institutions. From providing laptops to grade schools to helping fund public libraries, Jimmy John's puts education first.
Leslie Liautaud loves the arts and her passion has spread to Jimmy John's. From supporting local theaters to big city symphony and orchestras, Jimmy John's values the gifts that the arts bring to all ages, especially our youth.