Running a business is a gift. Sharing that gift by engaging with communities where we live, work, trade and buy gets us out of bed every morning.
There’s a method to our madness when it comes to community. We focus on issues and organizations related to children, education and the arts, both close to home and around the world. Internationally, a portion of annual sales goes to two groups:
Child Aid’s FUNDITprogram provides children in Guatemala with the finances for school registration fees, uniforms, school supplies, shoes, and textbooks, and when needed, transportation costs and health care. Since 2003, we have raised over $64,000, providing more than 650 educational scholarships for Guatemalan grade-schoolers. The FUNDIT Scholarship Program was recently renamed the Ethical Bean Coffee Scholarship Fund.
Project SomosChildren’s Village Guatemala is an eco-sustainable village and community for at-risk mothers and children. The family homes and organic farm are located within the small Kaqchikel community of Chivarabal in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. As an orphan prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations, and provides education on nutrition, hygiene, organic gardening and more. With new the skills and greater self-confidence, mothers are to prepared to return to their communities and reunite with their children. To date, Ethical Bean has raised over $56,000 for Project Somos.
Closer to home, we know great organizations and events are fueled on coffee. We have supported dozens of community groups in our home town of Vancouver and across the country, including Bike to Work Week, Union Gospel Mission, the Documentary Media Society and more.