Beer is Love on the Road in WashingtonApr 08, 2014 Comments (0)
This post is guest authored by Nicole, our Beer is Love Goddess for the Northwest. Beer is Love is our donations and sponsorship program that allows us to partner with community organizations all over the west coast to help them perpetuate better living! You can read more about it here! And now, turning it over to Nicole:
Last month, I took Beer is Love on the road to visit some valued Washington non-profit partners and distributors. It was wonderful to meet some of the faces I usually only communicate with through email and hear what the Beer is Love Program means to them. My fellow beer goddess Li and I met with: Rebuilding Together South Sound, Treehouse, PAWS, The Cabiri, Sean Humphrey House, EMP, Honk! Northwest, and stopped by Marginal Way Skate Park, the Ninkasi Better Living Room at The World Is Fun Headquarters, and the Youngstown Building which houses two non-profit partners we work with - Nature Consortium and The Service Board.
I want to highlight a few of the incredible partners I visited, starting with Treehouse. This is an amazing non-profit who helps foster kids to secure the essential education, basic material needs, and social experiences they deserve. They work with these children to find their own resilience and strength and their facility includes a well-stocked store full of donations from businesses and donors for foster kids to come shop for free. Among some of the cool, brand new items were Darth Vader masks, clothing, bicycles, and as many books as the children wanted to take home.
Treehouse also goes to local schools to comprehensively support children amidst the disruptive challenge of being moved around and often losing their possessions. In addition to donating beer to their large events, we're also proud to have supported this organization with volunteer support in their awesome endeavors!
Sean Humphrey House
Another great partner is Sean Humphrey House in Bellingham. Sean Humphrey House provides residential treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS and the subsequent illnesses related to HIV/AIDS. This is a clean, homey environment with nice communal spaces for the residents. The patients have no limit as to how long they may reside there. There is also a resident dog, Shasta, that belonged to a patient that passed away who is an important therapeutic member of this organization.
We donated t-shirts with both of our logos that they will proudly wear at the Pride Celebration this year. I am happy to see their work develop and honored Ninkasi is associated with this noble cause.
Finally, the Cabiri, is an amazing aerialist circus arts group that performs shows about mythology and love the story about the legend of Ninkasi, Goddess of fermentation!
All in all, this was another fantastic and meaningful trip full of finding out what Ninkasi means to our community partners and learning about the great people working to better our communities and perpetuate better living. Cheers!