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Community Involvement

This is one of Happy Joe’s most important core values. When Lawrence Joseph Whitty, “Happy Joe,” opened the first Happy Joe’s in 1972 in the Village of East Davenport, Iowa, he was committed from day one to giving back to his community.

Now that Happy Joe’s is successful with over 60 locations in 6 different states, we remain dedicated and committed to giving back to the communities who have helped make us successful.

We have won numerous awards for our good works and involvement in community programs. We have also created a variety of programs for schools and organized groups.

The Future is in the Hands of our Children.

Happy Joe’s
Kids Foundation

A non-profit organization founded by Happy Joe Whitty and his family to help meet the needs of special needs kids wherever they may be.

Smiling Happy Joe & Young Man

How To Get Happy Joe’s Involved

Sample Happy Joe's Pizza Fundraiser Cards


We have many ways to help you raise funds for your group or organization. One of our most popular selling our Happy, Fundraising Cards. These cards are worth over $40 in savings, and are good at any Happy Joe’s location. Groups purchase these cards for $1 and sell them for $5, making a $4 profit on each card they sell!

The Happy Reader Club - Encourage Reading!

The Happy Reader Club

Our Happy Reader Program is designed to excite and encourage children to read! Teachers, librarians, or homeschool instructors set individual monthly reading goals for each Child based on their needs. We suggest doing the program for 90 days with a reading goal each month. At the end of each month, the children can be rewarded for their efforts with a certificate for a Little Joe Pizza from Happy Joe’s! Asked location nearest you for details!

Smiling Happy Joe & Young Man

Parties for children with special needs

We’ve been having Special Needs parties for 42 years, and have hosted over 150,000 children with special needs at parties throughout our chain.

Sample Player of the Week

Player Of The Week Program!

Happy Joe supports all kinds of athletic groups and teams. Our Player Of The Week Program offers coaches free certificates to recognize 1 to 3 special players each week for their performance, sportsmanship, or being a good teammate. Each certificate has an area to customize it with the players name. Kids love to be acknowledged for their efforts, and are thrilled to display their certificates at home or in their bedrooms. Each certificate comes with a Happy Joe’s detachable pizza coupon to contribute to that celebration of their achievements!

Junior Pizza Artist at Happy Joe's Pizza

Restaurant Tours

We would love to host your group, club, or organization for a Happy Joe’s restaurant tour! Kids will learn a little bit about our history, tour our restaurant, and make their own pizzas! It’s a wonderful learning experience and every child will leave with their very own Pizza Artist certificate! Tours are typically geared towards elementary aged students, but we’re happy to customize the tour for any age group!

SCRIP Program at Happy Joe's Pizza

Scrip Program

Schools and organizations can purchase our gift cards at a discounted prices and resell them for retail prices to raise funds for their needs! Gift cards can be purchased in a variety of denominations.