Community

Going to Bat for Our Communities

The Greene Turtle's a neighborhood hangout. That's why we do our best to help out in the communities where we live - with special events, team sponsorships, our famous Funds For Friends program, and more.
 
And it's not just a corporate commitment.  The talented people who work at The Turtle are encouraged to become personally involved in the community.  You'll see us coaching teams, attending Chamber meetings, donating tips to Toys for Tots and/or working soup kitchens - we're up for whatever it takes to make our communities better places to live. 
 

Tips for Tots

“Tips for Tots” was the selfless idea of Corlie Brice, a bartender at The Greene Turtle in Salisbury. She arrived for her shift one cold December night in 2006 and noticed a sign on the neighboring business, designating it as a “Toys for Tots” drop-off site. She decided to use whatever tips she took in during her shift to purchase toys for the program; additionally, she enlisted her fellow employees and publicized her intentions to guests coming into the restaurant to increase the potential donation. That evening, she and fellow bartender Chris Tingle took in $700, an amount that proved even more valuable when the manager of a nearby Ollie’s Bargain Outlet agreed to give her a discount on her purchases once she explained her intentions.
 
Since the inaugural effort, The Greene Turtle has donated over $103,000 in purchased toys to local Toys for Tots programs, through the tips donated by restaurant employees, the corporate offices and additional gifts donated by other members of the community. Guests have rallied to the cause, occasionally giving tips as large as $50 to $100 on the purchase of a single beer. The staff makes shopping with the donated funds a team effort; armed with trucks, vans, and holiday spirit, they visit a host of area retailers that have largely agreed to offer discounts.  There was no way for Miss Brice to know on that day in 2006 how many thousands of lives she would affect over the years from her seemingly small, kind gesture.
 

Keeping all kids in the game

The Greene Turtle is partnered with Kids Play USA Foundation to assist our youth with the high costs of participating in youth athletics.  On September 10, 2013 we donated over $14,000 and bins full of new and gently used youth sporting gear across multiple Greene Turtle locations. The Greene Turtle and Kids Play USA Foundation are determined to ensure that no kid is left on the sidelines.
 
 

Funds for Friends: Helping Local Organizations

Helping our communities is a team sport. That's the idea behind The Greene Turtle's 'Funds for Friends' program. It's how we team up with partners in our communities to raise funds that support local organizations.

We are also proud to announce that our Funds for Friends program won the National Restaurant Association's 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award as a State of Maryland winner. We are extremely excited to receive this honor and hope that this award is another stepping stone for our continued support of each community we call home.

Here's how it works:

On a selected day, participating The Greene Turtle locations host fund-raising events in partnership with community organizations. Our partners make each event a fantastic experience by organizing participation and handing out flyers encouraging their members, friends, family, anyone who loves a good time, to dine at The Greene Turtle that day. In fact, maybe we should call it Fun for Friends.

In return, The Greene Turtle donates a percentage of the day's receipts to that organization. And believe it, the funds really add up. We've donated nearly $1,000,000 since the program began, benefitting over 500 local organizations & community partners!   

Does your local organization need extra funds? Don't wait. Contact the manager of your local The Greene Turtle now to find out how to set up your own Funds for Friends day. It's easy!