Well, it is official and you have spoken. Below are the final nominees for the dedication of our next location. When we started this, we were just beginning to expand into East Boston in Maverick Square with location #2. Just after the first of the new year, we will be opening our 3rd location inside Boston City Hall. So that means we will be launching this campaign for location #4. Boston Brewin is on the move and with it the ability for Bostonians to make a difference.
We want to thank the 733 people that voted for their nonprofit. It was a rough start but as time passed, more and more people began to engage. Ultimately, we want to build a brand that can exemplify what it means to be a local small business that cares about how and WHY it does business.
The next steps will be launched in the next couple of weeks. It will be the launching of our online marketplace. With each purchase of a future cup of coffee, sticker, t-short, sweatshirt, jar of coffee, or gift certificate, you will also receive the ability to choose a nonprofit that the shop will be dedicated to. We will have more videos and information coming out in the next few weeks to bring everyone up to speed.
Lastly, December 13th and 14th at Boston Brewin at Maverick Market Place - 154 Maverick Street in East Boston, we will be conducting and incredible exercise in the power of small business. Come grab brunch from 8am to 4pm for you and all your friends. One weekend, one classroom, new desk, new chairs! You are going to eat anyways, come through Eastie and make difference! Lets raise the $3,000 to get Ms. Martin of the McKay School k-8 new furniture.
We love you Boston! With each passing day, Boston Brewin is growing bigger and brighter. You are the driver of the bus, the captain of the ship. Enjoy the ride and lets make a difference!
Okay Boston, we are calling you out. For 3 years we have been busting our tails getting systems and things in place to take Boston Brewin to the next level. It IS our goal to launch the People's Coffee Co. - one that is funded, supported, and driving impact because of the people.
You drink coffee! You eat muffins and pastries! This is your opportunity to help build a model business that is not profit driven or a corporate pirate. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SHAPE ECONOMICS through your purchasing.
So, we shared with everyone the opportunity to nominate your favorite nonprofits. The 3rd shop will be completely built out and paid for through a modest crowd funding campaign, so the giving of profit to the chosen nonprofit will happen almost from the onset. BUT we had only 1 person nominate a nonprofit.
That is very disappointing.
We have chosen the name realbostonian for our website because that is what we want to challenge everyone to be. By not engaging this process, you miss the opportunity to reshape our community. There is no other coffee shop that pays a living a wage or provides 5:1 full-time to part-time positions. No other coffee shop is dedicated to giving all the profit to an organization in the community.
So we ask you - "Why did you not nominate an organization?"
This is your chance. If you appreciate the mission of any one particular nonprofit, give us the name. All names will then be put into random brackets for all of Boston to decide. The top 10 voted nonprofits will go on to the final round and have the opportunity to receive all the profit from our 3rd location Share this with your friends, your co-workers.
Please post the name of your nominee on our facebook page or on our twitter page. We will be monitoring both and will update the list with mission statements to familiarize everyone with each nonprofit.
Tom, Danny, and crew
We are on the verge of launching the campaign for our 3rd location on Winter Street in Downtown Crossing. This location is the most logical next step for a number of reasons. First, the amount of traffic on Winter Street makes it a phenomenal location for a coffee shop. Secondly, the build-out for this location is a less than will be needed for other locations. The footprint is smaller and similar to the original location on Bromfield Street. Thirdly, this is the easiest way for us successfully launch our model, be 100% transparent, and dedicate 100% of the proceeds to the nonprofit voted by you.
This brings me to our next steps. We already have some amazing nonprofits reach out to us (names & descriptions below) for consideration. We will open up the nomination period for one more week. Once we have the final organizations we will open the voting platform to select final nominees.
Then, we will kickoff our very own crowd funding campaign. We will be offering coffee, names on the wall, t-shirts, jars of coffee, sweatshirts, free monthly memberships as rewards for helping. Every dime spent and every dime raised will be posted on our website. We ask that you share the campaign with everyone you know, every person of influence, reporter, blogger, social media guru. We are attempting to launch a company fully funded by the people, for the people, and because of the people. No other coffee company, regardless of how big or profitable can match us for impact - 100% organic coffee, 3x bottom-line vendors, living wage, and 100% proceeds given away.
This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something special, something that could redefine an industry. Share, nominate, make it a reality!
Leave a comment here or go on facebook https://www.facebook.com/BostonBrewinCoffee to nominate your nonprofit!
St Francis House - It can happen to anyone: An illness, a layoff, or a lapse in judgment turns your whole life upside down. Suddenly you can't afford food and clothing. Or worse yet, you lose your home and the belief that life can improve. Where do you go for help?In Boston, the answer is St. Francis House.
For 30 years, we have welcomed poor and homeless men and women who fear that their best days are behind them. We provide services, support, and a glimpse of what their lives can become: productive, healthy, fulfilling.
St. Francis House is nonprofit and nonsectarian. Our mission and approach are simple: We believe in the worth of every human being, and we know from experience that when people have the right tools, change can happen. Big change. That’s why we provide our guests with everything they need to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives: nutritious meals, clothing, access to medical care, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and housing. In the past year, St. Francis House has:
Please join us in helping our brothers and sisters leave homelessness behind. Because everyone deserves a place to live and a second chance. http://www.stfrancishouse.org
Home for Little Wanderers - provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. For more than 200 years, we’ve earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their own communities, even when they don’t have family support.Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year through a network of services including behavioral health, therapeutic residential and special education, adoption and foster care. In addition, a number of innovative programs provide specialized assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood from state systems of care. http://www.thehome.org
Rosie's Place - Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. http://www.rosiesplace.org/
Bikes Not Bombs - Each year we collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England.We ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Bikes that don't get shipped often land in our Youth Programswhere teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves.
Our retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that we receive, employing many graduates of our programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding our youth and international work. https://bikesnotbombs.org/
ACE - builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. http://www.ace-ej.org/
The Base - Housed in the heart of Boston’s Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods, The BASE provides comprehensive athletic and educational advancement opportunities for prominent student athletes on three distinct principles for success: (1) superior baseball training, conditioning and competition; (2) personalized educational resources and support; and (3) the development of a ‘Winning Game Plan for Life.’ Born out of The Boston Astros’ culture and methodology, The BASE is a model that leverages sports as a vehicle to engage youth in a positive, rigorous, passionate and success-driven environment with the goal of excellence—both on and off the field. http://www.thebase.org/
People Making a Difference (PMD) - seeks to create a world in which people and businesses are socially aware and engaged in their communities such that they approach volunteerism by LEARNING about problems and needs, VOLUNTEERING their time, PROVIDING resources to address these problems and needs, and carrying out these activities dependably, safely, and enjoyably.
More specifically, PMD promotes informed and responsible volunteerism by expertly organizing hands-on service projects that assist local (Greater Boston), community-based charities too under-resourced to establish and run their own volunteer programs, and recruits and engages 650-900 people each year in meaningful, hands-on work that meets the needs of these charities. http://www.pmd.org/t2.phtml?p=home
Minutes for Memories - creates lasting memories for children 5-25 who have sustained long term injures. We do this by allowing them to find enjoyment in something they liked prior to their injury. Our goal is to showcase that their injuries do not define them and they can still live a full life. Whether it is going to a Red Sox game, watching a play or enjoying the latest movie or video game, MFM wants children to see the bright side of things.
There are organizations out there that help underprivileged kids and terminally ill kids, but we fill a void for a forgotten group of children and young adults. http://www.minutesformemories.org/
Extras For Creative Reuse - Extras is one of the first creative reuse centers in the country; we are also the largest in the state of Massachusetts, with our materials reaching over 150,000 students each year. We are unique because we are a triple impact organization, meaning that through just one organization we are able to positively impact the environment, Massachusetts businesses, and the arts and education.
Because we don't fit nicely into one category, funding can be difficult to come by.
Extras saves over 7,000 pounds of perfectly usable materials from landfills or incinerators each week.
Arts/ Education Impact:
Materials from our organization reach over 150,000 learners every year. This affords children to feel a sense of abundance in the classroom, which many do not get to experience in their daily lives. It also allows hands on learning that encourages students to apply creativity, inventiveness and ingenuity to their work without fear of making mistakes and wasting materials.
We accept reusable materials from businesses and manufacturers, offering them a tax deduction, reclaimed warehouse space, lower waste management expenses, and lower carbon footprints.
Extras also partners with area programs offering occupational therapy opportunities to six organizations that work with disabled adults. http://www.extrasforcreativereuse.org/
End Hunger NE.org/Outreach Inc - For 10 years, we've been able to provide nutritious meals to children and those in need for 25 cents/serving. The most nutritious meal they've ever eaten: 21 vitamins and minerals, 11 grams of protein/serving. Across the county, Outreach has packaged 250 million meals (the Miami Dolphins are doing a million meals in September).
In the Northeast, we've done about 6 million of those. We're just getting started. Almost every meal packaged in this part of the country has stayed in the county in which it was packaged. Our near perfect Charity Navigator rating is the highest among similar charities. http://www.outreachprogram.org/outreach-northeast/
Citizens for Citizens, Inc. - This organization helps over 40,000 low-income people per year with health programs, education, child care, senior programs, and energy programs. http://cfcinc.org/
Science Club for Girls - Before STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and girls' empowerment was cool; before government, industries and parents identified the the gender imbalance and shortage of STEM workers as relevant issues, Science Club for Girls had already created programs to close the gender and equity gaps.
We start young. From kindergarten all the way to 12th grade, we build girls' confidence and nurture their natural instincts as scientists and engineers.
We make STEM fun and relevant. Through hands-on explorations, girls can get messy, and laugh--all the time while learning. They know how what they're doing is applied in real life.
We make STEM real. We introduce girls to caring, cool women in STEM as mentors and role models, and give teen girls a chance to teach the young ones, reinforcing their identity as "STEM girls". We give them a safe space to make mistakes and try things out. You know, just like in a lab. And even if they don't choose a career in STEM, they know that STEM is everywhere, and they can use the kind of thinking to be better citizens.
We support teen girls' socio-emotional development. Feeling like you belong in STEM is more than just knowing facts, formulas and designing experiments. It's about knowing who you are, what drives you, and what social forces work against you as a young girl, as a woman of color. It's also about knowing how to find peers, mentors, and role models who can support you and help you become resilient and brave. Our girls gain the confidence that no matter where they are from, or their family backgrounds, they can find a place and have a voice in whatever future that they choose.
We are one of the most diverse organizations you'll find. From our girls, volunteers, staff and board, we create spaces (and invest in cultural diversity training) that allow people from across socio-economic classes, from different race/ethnicities, from different cities and different sectors to come together to make the world a better place.
We know we can't do our work alone. We have hundreds of volunteers and mentors, workshop and field trip hosts who open doors and make connections and let girls see who they can be. And yes, many of them survive on caffeine.
(Oh, we have one the most awesome Facebook pages. Plus we're working with EchoDitto on our marketing campaign for our 20th anniversary...) http://scienceclubforgirls.org/
Tenacity, Inc - Founded in 1999, Tenacity’s mission is to improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth through a combination of academic support, life skills development, family engagement, and fitness/tennis. Tenacity serves students that are at-risk for dropping out of high school, and need additional youth enrichment opportunities. By developing and sustaining supportive relationships with these students, Tenacity staff can assist them through any challenges they may face throughout the entire time they are in school from 4th grade through post-secondary completion. This level of trust and support inevitably leads to opportunities that may never have otherwise been available to our students. We serve youth residing throughout Boston, and attending Level 3 district schools (the lowest performing 20% of district schools). Overall, African American and Latino students account for 77% of the students we serve. 86% of our students are economically disadvantaged (qualify for free or reduced lunch). Tenacity serves 1,000 youth during the school year and 5,000 youth during the summer.
Our long term goal is to enable post-secondary completion, and what makes us unique is how we do it using a model of longevity: lasting mentoring relationships with students and whole child support lead to ongoing success.
During the school year, Tenacity offers a Pathway to Post-Secondary Success, which is comprised of three connected programs: Elementary School Program, Middle School Academy, and College Prep & Alumni Services. The Elementary School Program for 4th and 5th graders teaches the basics of tennis while also allowing us to identify best fit students for the Middle School Academy. The Middle School Academy (MSA) is an intensive 3-year program delivered in partnership with five district public schools. Programming focuses equally on literacy and fitness/tennis, while developing life skills and fostering family engagement. MSA graduates continue on with College Prep & Alumni Services, which provides them with academic and social support to succeed in high school and beyond.
In addition to our school year Pathway, Tenacity also offers the Summer Tennis & Reading Program (STRP). STRP provides 6 weeks of reading and fitness/literacy, annually helping 5,000 youth avoid summer reading level loss, stay mentally engaged, maintain physical fitness, and improve life skills at no cost to the student.
Tenacity’s five-year goal through our Next Chapter capacity building plan is to increase the amount of Boston’s at-risk youth that successfully complete post-secondary programs. Over the next several years, we aim to create and sustain an annual post-secondary completion rate of 75%, while increasing the number of youth served to over 2,000 annually. We sustain an annual high school graduation rate of 95% and standardized Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam results indicate that our students achieve a substantial increase in proficiency and these improvements soar by the third year of MSA—8th grade. http://www.tenacity.org/
Raising A Reader MA - Raising A Reader Massachusetts is an evidence-based early literacy organization that supports families of young children, from birth through age five, to build a culture of literacy at home.
The program provides access to a rotating library of high-quality children’s books, and offers families the tools and supports to create and strengthen a culture of reading at home.
Targeting high-need communities across Massachusetts, Raising A Reader helps parents develop a routine of daily book sharing, fostering healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and the early literacy skills that are essential to success in school. http://raisingareaderma.org/
ZUMIX - an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building our community through music and the arts. A core belief is that music is the most powerful means of developing adolescent self-identity. Our award-winning music and creative technology programming is designed to equip youth with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, while creating a safe space for youth to explore who they are and who they want to be. Through community events, ZUMIX provides access to top-quality arts experiences for a low-income, under-served neighborhood. http://www.zumix.org/about
City Year - City Year Boston is set apart by the broad range of services served by one full-time corps member. Many other organizations (including impactful, valued partners of City Year Boston) also provide students with tutors, extended day programming, or mentor/mentee relationships. However, City Year Boston provides all three, maximizing the impact of education-focused charitable giving. Combining these resources into one individual corps member can also lead to increased student improvement. For example, a focus list student may see the same corps member at morning greeting, during one-on-one tutoring time, during a mentoring group at lunch, and during extended day programming. Not only does the corps member have the benefit of comprehensive knowledge of the student's opportunities for growth, interests, and background, but the student forms a close bond with the corps member.
City Year Boston is also set apart by our dual benefit to both students and corps members. For students, City Year can represent an important part of a successful academic life, and the City Year red jacket is a symbol of hope and inspiration. Corps members are their tutors, mentors, and role models. Due to corps member ages (17-25, with approximately 80% of corps members holding a college degree) relative to those of the students they serve (grades 3-10), corps members are able to serve as near-peer mentors to students. In other words, students regard corps members as both trusted confidants and respected authority figures.
Corps members also benefit from their service year. Corps members receive hands-on experience in education policy, lesson planning, project management, youth development, leadership development, and teaching. In addition to real-world lessons learned inside schools, corps members receive hundreds of hours of professional development aimed at supporting their service in schools and preparing them for careers after their service year. http://www.cityyear.org/
Boston Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Inc. - Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is unique in the breadth and depth of programming we are able to offer our community. We support children’s natural progression from infancy to young adulthood and offer exceptional programming for each age group within this broad span. From our early childhood programs supporting children as young as two months, to our out-of-school time programs for youth from kindergarten through their high school graduation, we have the expertise, dedication and resources to wholly support young people throughout their personal development. Our programs are designed to complement each other; together, they form a comprehensive youth development plan that helps our members thrive today while building the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.
We are also unique in that we are one of the only Boys & Girls Clubs to offer a disability inclusion program. Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities) is designed to encourage the educational and social enrichment of children with special needs in Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods. More than a single program, B.I.N.D. is an agency-wide initiative that fosters the inclusion of children of all abilities in every program area of our Boys & Girls Club. They can learn a musical instrument, receive tutoring or homework help, take a dance or art class, or shoot baskets in the gym. They can make friends and build positive relationships with Club staff. Free time spent with other children can lead to new friendships that will help them feel more accepted at the Club and at school. We offer social skills and disability awareness groups, a summer life skills program for tweens, and music classes taught by a board-certified music therapist and a Berklee College of Music graduate student. We also help build a broad support network for families of youth with disabilities by providing workshops, support groups, and individualized advocacy. All this is offered to any child for no more than our yearly membership fee of $5, making our inclusion programming uniquely affordable among comparable programs.
Through B.I.N.D., we reach out to at-risk youth who may otherwise not participate in an after-school program. We also spread our belief that all children have the right to meaningfully participate in afterschool activities. B.I.N.D. has more than tripled in size in its first three years and we expect this rapid growth to continue as more and more families learn of the immense opportunities it presents. Our greatest hope is that Project B.I.N.D. will serve as a model to other afterschool programs that an inclusion model is fully replicable and to the benefit of all youth. This May, Project B.I.N.D. was awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Merit Award for Program Excellence. http://bgcdorchester.org/
Toxics Action Center - is an organization unlike any other I have ever encountered. The work done by the passionate individuals who contribute their livelihoods to such a wonderful cause, is a constant inspiration. By teaching residents how to tackle the problems in their communities, they can take control of the situation and solve the contributing issues. We believe that all people have the right to clean air and water and that our communities should be sustainable, with a responsible and democratic government. As communities find themselves in difficult situations, dealing with powers seemingly beyond their reach, they turn to Toxics Action Center. We rally behind their personal causes and make them our own. Going into communities and helping people fight for what should be inalienable rights, drives us to do more. We consistently try our hardest to make their dreams of having safe and clean communities for their families, a reality. http://www.toxicsaction.org/
Build - mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. Serving disadvantaged youth has been at the heart of BUILD's efforts since our organization was founded by attorney Suzanne McKechnie Klahr in 1999. Suzanne was teaching business entrepreneurship as part of a public service fellowship in East Palo Alto, California. One day, four Latino boys approached her for help. They wanted to drop out of high school and start a small business. After listening to their plans, she agreed to help them on two conditions: they stay in school and improve academically. Under her guidance, all four students went on to graduate from high school and enter college. This experience inspired Suzanne to found BUILD and offer a four-year program that targets disengaged high school students in low-income communities and uses entrepreneurship to motivate these students to excel in school and go to college. http://www.build.org/
Ron Burton Training Village - The mission of the Ron Burton Training Village is to enrich the lives of challenged youth in the areas of dynamic character and leadership development, physical fitness, social and educational advancement, and spiritual growth. http://www.ronburtontrainingvillage.org/
Change...it is one of those unavoidable conditions in life. Changing jobs, careers, relationships, clothes, favorite restaurants, and the list goes on. Yet, why is one of the most fundamental elements to the human experience so frustrating for so many?
As a father to 5 incredible kids, I see the many stages of growth almost daily. With each new experience, I witness the acceptance or resistance to change. With my younger ones, they accept it more willingly (most of the time). With my oldest, I see more hesitation and resistance. So, this got me to thinking...
As consumers, why do so many people resist change in brands? What great value does your brand selection provide? Does switching from one brand to another decrease the quality of life? I understand preference is a powerful aspect, but I wonder how much of that conditioning is just great marketing. I have a child that will not eat macaroni and cheese unless it is Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I could secretly switch brands and she would never know it, yet she is firm in her commitment to the Kraft Corporation. The million dollars worth of tv advertisements won a consumer for life. Sigh!
Furthermore, there is commitment (at times unwavering commitment) across almost every sector. Many people could not tell you the difference like my daughter, but they are conditioned and loyal. Ford over Chevy. Coke over Pepsi. The list could go on. SO...when looking at the Boston Brewin Coffee brand, the same challenges apply. When the opportunity presents itself to taste a superior organic product at a competitive price, people hesitate. When the opportunity presents itself to eat a more wholesome organic muffin, people hesitate. Most importantly, when the opportunity presents itself to impact the community through their purchasing, many express a desire but many also never follow through.
Boston Brewin Coffee is more than just about convenience and a great cup of coffee. It is the desire and commitment to want to make a difference. The power in our brand is the collective movement towards a greater level of consumer consciousness. It really is about taking a stand in how coffee is sourced, how local jobs are created, and above all what is put into the body. Knowing this, why do people still walk by us with a Styrofoam cup or a green straw? Change! They fight it. So I encourage all of you to be more influential than that commercial or poster on the "T". Share this post with a colleague or better yet bring them down for a cup of coffee on us. Even if people don't patronize us, at least challenge them to begin to think about how products are sourced and the impact that they can have. Put simply: when people buy out of convenience or conditioning, they miss their opportunity to be the change.
Boston Brewin Coffee Co. - The People's Coffee Co!!!
It has been while since I shared a few thoughts, but today felt right.
I read the news and listen to the stories and can not help but be feel frustrated with the state of our world; war, killing, rioting, hate, racism, destruction, deceit, etc. I know the reports and articles that we are bombarded with are not the complete picture, but it is the one that is driven home every 15 minutes with every "Breaking News". So the 30 minute drive to work this morning left me pondering and hoping for better.
Unfortunately, the news did not get any better. I was greeted by an acquaintance and told of the sudden loss of someone that I knew. We interacted everyday. All I really knew of him was his first name and that he had a passion for pickled anything. He had not watched a baseball game since he was my son's age "cuz I hate baseball, but love the Red Sox". He never really smiled but he was never angry. He drank coffee and promised to stop over, but he never did. Even though I knew so little about him, we connected. Our world's collided just long enough to provide service and purpose to one another and every time with a smile and a laugh. So when I heard that he was gone to a freak accident, it did get me to thinking about the power in even the most simplest of interactions.
I did not expect to feel the loss of this man. Hypothetically, had you asked me last week if he were gone, would I be affected? Without a doubt I would have said "Maybe" but realistically more for the level of attention and service he had come to provide me. That sudden and brief loss of words I experienced this morning was more than I would ever have expected.
I felt sad...sad at the thought of more tragedy in this world...sad at the thought that someone lost a son, a brother, a friend...sad that he is gone from my world.
Take a moment to think about the all the people that you see or interact with on a daily or at least regular basis. Are they just a face or maybe a name tag? Is "Michelle" even her real name? What connection is there really or are these people that we interact with simply interchangeable parts to the shape-shifting puzzle we call life? Are we at Boston Brewin just that momentary stop over until the next moment of work, responsibility, studying, etc.? Those of you reading this probably do see us as more, but just how much more are we, you, and all those name tags in the grand scheme of things?
In this, I have been reminded of just how powerful human interaction can be. It can be as incidental as seeing the butcher or as significant as the spouse. Yet, in every interaction, we have the incredible ability to impact someone else's world. I can not count the number of times a smile or simple "Hello" that I given had pulled someone away from a less than desirable thought or space. Or better yet, how many times I have gone to a regular spot and not seen the regular face - countless. Why in their absence, do I suddenly acknowledge their "presence"?
because...We are all connected!
We may be from different places, different backgrounds, different lives...but we are all connected. Every moment we occupy the thoughts, sight, or presence of another, we exercise the best part of our humanity or sadly (at times) the worst. So, what if we were deliberate and not incidental about how we shared ourselves? What if we just tried to share a better part of ourselves? What if we did not expect the worst in everything and everyone? What if we stopped thinking negatively about one another? What if we had the courage to stop being less and committed to being more? What if we truly understood the ability that each one of us possesses to make this world a better place?
I know what would happen. It would accomplish on a large scale what we seek to accomplish on a small scale every day in the shop. It would mean every "hello" was meaningful and smile was genuine. It would mean that taking time to learn about one another meant something other than just small talk. It would mean lives shared had purpose and not just convenience. It means fewer "Breaking News"bulletins and "if it bleeds, it leads" headlines.
So now what? Words can be hollow and the commitment to change inconvenient. But try! Try to be better! Appreciate every moment and every person that you connect with no matter how big or small. Your life is yours to define. Your life means something to others. Your life is worth sharing!
I appreciated you my friend. You will be missed.
Jim's Organic Coffee
There is much more to the coffee we serve than the taste. Before we settled on the coffee we wanted to serve, we had many options to choose from. The one that really stood out was Jim’s Organic’s. Taste was huge, however, the fact that Jim’s Organic Coffee was the first certified organic coffee roaster in the world played a huge roll in our decision.
Farming and harvesting organic doesn’t only improve the taste and cuts down on the harmful chemicals we ingest, but organic farming helps to:
- Preserve the soil
- Keep surrounding water reservoirs clean
- Doesn't affect other native wildlife
- And more...
Boston Brewin is huge on impact. We feel it is important that you have a positive impact wherever you are doing business and Jim’s does just that. Every location used to cultivate the beans in Jim’s organic blends benefits from their business.
One of the main sources for Jim’s Organic Coffee is Guatamala. Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate in all of latin america. Taking that into consideration, Jim’s decided to invest in raising the literacy of the country by opening a school and a library which they continue to invest in every year.
Columbia plays host to a wide variety of wildlife. Jim’s not only takes special care not to endanger any of the indigenous wildlife but goes the extra mile to protect it. The farms in Kachula, Columbia have been certified by the Rainforest Alliance and work to protect the 96 species of birds that live in the Kachula rainforest.
Check Them Out
These are just a couple of examples of how Jim’s makes an impact in the parts of the world where they harvest their coffee beans. For more information about the coffee we serve and Jim’s Organics, check our their website: http://www.jimsorganiccoffee.com/
PayIt4ward: Featured Non-Profit
The Home For Little Wanderers is a program that will melt your heart. The name doesn’t come close to capturing all that they do for the young people of Massachusetts. From helping young people find homes through adoption to ensuring that young adults who've recently aged out of the welfare system find housing and employment, “The Home” is an invaluable resource to Massachusetts. Here is a brief overview of the program from their website:
Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year through a wide network of programs. Our "open door" structure allows children, families and young adults to access services at any point in the continuum of care, based on their needs.
Primary service areas include: individual, group and family therapy; psychological and neuro-psychological testing; medication management; child and family skills development; therapeutic mentoring; birth parent counseling; life skills training; community connection and integration; behavioral stabilization; educational preparation; and social, vocational and daily living supports.
For more information about “The Home For Little Wanderers”
888-HOME-321 or 617-267-3700
Indiegogo campaign? Coming right up!
Due to some unforeseen circumstances we had to postpone the launch of our Indiegogo campaign. HOWEVER, this could be a blessing in disguise. With our extended timeline, nonprofits and charities that missed the last deadline will have until August 4th to fill out this form. This form guarantees an organizations eligibility to receive 100% of the profits from our new shop.
With that said, we are giving YOU, the “Real Bostonians” the power to choose who will benefit from our new shop. If there is an organization that your would like to see receive the annual profits of our new location make sure you send them this link.
In the meantime stay tuned for more updates as we approach our new tentative launch date: Monday, August 4, 2014.
Try saying Y.E.S. to more things
The nonprofit that earned this week’s “Boston Brewin Coffee Co. Featurette” is Youth Enrichment Services (Y.E.S.). We couldn’t be more happier to spotlight such a valuable asset to our community.
Y.E.S. is a Boston-based nonprofit founded in 1968 by Richard Williams with a simple approach: Give The Youth a Chance, and they have. “Y.E.S. has helped more than 100,000 low- and moderate-income Boston area youth build self-esteem and foster life-long respect for themselves, others and the environment through participation in outdoor and practical learning activities. YES is unique in taking kids out of their familiar urban environment and challenging them with both summer and winter outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and biking.” (idealist.org).
For more information on Y.E.S. visit: http://www.yeskids.org
- The Peoples Coffee Company
To PayIt4ward is probably one of our favorite pastimes over at Boston Brewin. This week we have some awesome features for you.
Ashley Stanley - Lovin' Spoonfuls
The "person" we would like to spotlight this week exemplifies a high level of civic responsibility. It is because of her commit to the people of her community that Boston Brewin Coffee Co. is honored to feature Ashley Stanley. As Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ashley is a driver of social change here in Boston.
A Boston native, the work she’s done in her hometown has sparked unparalleled awareness for food rescue. The majority of her work has been dedicated to addressing the significant consequences of food waste. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, Ashley and her team have distributed over 1,611,421 lbs of fresh, healthy food to those in need.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a local non-profit organization that facilitates the rescue of perishable, prepared and unserved foods from restaurants, supermarkets, local farms, etc. and distributes them to shelters in the greater Boston area. In 2012 they were a two-time champion of the Mass Challenge competition. Ashley was also apart of former Mayor Thomas Menino’s food policy task force.
Way to go Ashley! Please continue your invaluable work on your journey towards ending hunger.
For more information on Ashley Stanley or Lovin’ Spoonfuls visit: http://www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org/
- The People’s Coffee Company