Our Mission

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Serving Up Smiles and The Best Cary, NC, Ice Cream

As a non-profit Howdy Homemade Ice Cream franchise, our mission is much bigger than just serving up the best Cary, NC, ice cream. It’s about making a difference in the lives of those with all different abilities in our community.

Make a Howdy Difference

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Fostering Intentional Inclusion in the Workplace

At Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, we know that smiles and fresh ice cream have the power to
make the world a brighter place. But we also know that to make this happen, we have to place
great care into who we put and support behind the counter. This is why we are committed to
providing an excellent customer service experience, employing individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, and creating back-end processes that support the needs of our staff.
We opened Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in Cary, NC, because we believe that everyone has something special to offer, and we want to create an environment where everyone feels valued.
Whether behind the counter or in front of it, everyone is welcome, everyone is encouraged to
dream big, and, most importantly, everyone has a reason to smile. We’re creating exponential impact in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities while making your day 10x sweeter.

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Our Mission

A Howdy Hello

Meet our Owner: Phillip Lin

My mom always told me that if I were as smart as I thought I was, I would be able to make the
world a better place. Since opening the Tsai Chung Ling Foundation in her honor, I have made
some steps in that direction, but nothing compares to what we do here now. While Howdy is a franchise, making this location in Cary, NC, the first non-profit one was a rewarding step toward changing the world, one scoop at a time. For me, employing those with different abilities isn’t the end goal. It’s just the beginning. Making our Howdy Homemade Ice Cream shop inclusive means creating a space where we answer the needs of our customers AND our team. This is why you’ll find that our process of serving and making ice cream isn’t the standard. Instead, it’s in a way that our Howdy heroes can feel confident and supported as they master their skills and deliver top service.

My dedication to inclusivity is also reflected in the adult-changing system we installed to
accommodate our adult special needs visitors or even our upcoming weekly flavors that are
allergy-friendly and dairy-free. My goal is to ensure our customers never have to withhold themselves from a delicious Howdy Homemade Ice Cream experience! At our location, we’re doing all we can to redefine what inclusivity means for our community. We’re ensuring everyone has the tools and support they need to feel seen, valued, and right at home.


Come Say Howdy!

We’ve got the most talented staff members here in Cary, NC! They have a love and passion for engaging with the community and creating delicious ice cream flavors that we know you will love. So, if you’ve got some time today for a tasty treat, come give your taste buds something they’ll never forget. And say howdy to our amazing Howdy heroes!

Enjoy a Tasty Treat