Domino’s assists staffers to replace destroyed items

Donation of relief items to Domino’s team members.

Some of the mattresses that were donated to team members.

Domino’s assists staffers

to replace destroyed items

PHILIPSBURG–Domino’s has come to the aid of its own by helping its team members get back some of what was lost in the passing of Hurricane Irma and provide them with relief to help tide them over the difficulties encountered following the storm.

  “All team members’ needs and losses were assessed and, through the assistance of the Domino’s Partner’s Foundation, we have been able to replace or repair many of those losses for our 70-plus team members,” Domino’s St. Maarten’s franchise-holder John Caputo said in a press release.

  After the passing of Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic Hurricane in history to make landfall in St. Maarten/St. Martin, and the media attention of the devastation it caused were seen around the world, many franchisees came together and established a special fund to help those affected.

  “Just this past June, Domino’s franchise owners from around the world gathered here in St. Maarten for a very successful rally and meeting. While here, they saw St. Maarten at its very best just a few short months ago. It really hit home to many of them when they saw the devastation caused by Irma and the offers of support and assistance for Domino’s team members started to pour in,” Caputo said.

  “Most of our drivers’ cars were inoperable or had damage like broken windshields. We knew in order to get delivery going quickly and to restore their livelihood, these vehicles needed to get back on the road.”

  Caputo said beds were the number one loss due to Irma due to the water damage in homes. By working with Beds and Beyond, new bed sets were delivered to most team members. Appliances were purchased at Kwik Bargains. Broken windows and doors of those who owned their own homes were also replaced.

  “For a few living in rented property and the landlord not able to replace or repair, agreements are being made to do so on behalf of the team members and then deducted from their rent. Since many team members are still without power, several small generators were purchased and those are rotating with those who are still in the dark,” Caputo said. Food vouchers for every team member were also purchased from Le Grand Marché to help them stock back their pantries. 

  “This was especially helpful to the team. Since we were amongst the first to open and also providing aid and free pizzas to relief workers, most team members were not able to be in the lines for food and water aid distribution,” Caputo said.

  “I have never been more proud to be associated with this great brand Domino’s and all the team and so many others that helped us rebound so quickly after Irma. I cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts and support.

  “Hopefully, this special fund will help get life back to normal and replace a lot of what was lost. It was also important to us to use the aid money locally, as it not only helped our own team members get back on their feet, but also the local businesses we purchased it all from.”

  Domino’s said it is also hiring, especially delivery drivers. “It is a great way to supplement your income or, until many places get back going, to replace that income. Flexible hours and an employer and brand that really believe in putting its people first,” he noted.  

  Domino’s Partners Foundation was the inspiration of many caring team members and franchise owners who felt strongly about “taking care of their own.” Established in 1986, it was created to aid Domino’s team members in times of hardship and adversity, the release said.

  The Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to franchise and corporate team members around the world. Financial help is provided following on-the-job accidents, fire or natural disasters, medical emergencies or the death of an immediate family member. Its primary funding comes from a companywide payroll-deduction programme. Domino’s team members in need have received more than US $6 million in financial assistance since its inception.

Source: The Daily Herald