Since its inception, community outreach has been central to Ethical Bean’s core values, with a focus on children, education and the arts both locally and internationally. Every year a portion of the proceeds from Ethical Bean Coffee sales go to support two non-profit organizations, Child Aid and Project Somos.
Child-Aid’s FUNDIT program 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.
In celebration of Ethical Bean Coffee’s 10 years, a booklet was put together to highlight some of the great success stories this program has had. These success stories would not have been possible without customers like you enjoying (and buying) our coffee. You can download are read a copy of it here: Child Aid & Ethical Bean – Celebrate 10 yrs.
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.
Ethical Bean Coffee has been involved with the Project Somos Children’s Village Guatemala since the beginning when it was nothing more than a vision. Lloyd was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and was on the team that found the land where the Village is now located. This eco-sustainable village will have seven family homes in which orphaned and abandoned children will live and call home. They will be raised by Guatemalan women who have been trained as foster mothers.
As of December 2013, two family homes have been constructed and now await children. The community hall was built during the filming of the national Canadian reality TV show, “The Project-Guatemala”. The perimeter wall and playground were constructed with the help of 80 Canadian high school students over two years. The organic orchard and gardens have been planted and now the only thing missing are children.
The lengthy application process to receive children is well underway and the hope is that the first wave of children and their Guatemalan foster mothers will move in to the Village sometime during 2014. To date, Ethical Bean has raised over $56,000 for Project Somos.
Local Community Involvement
Ethical Bean Coffee’s commitment to supporting local community organizations has taken on a number of forms, focusing primarily in the arts. Through coffee donations we support and promote local organizations, and assist them in raising funds.
Bike to Work Week encourages citizens to get out of their cars and on their bikes. Currently, there are over 3,243 active participants commuting to work and taking part in Bike to Work Week events across Vancouver, and this number is growing rapidly. Ethical Bean is there to help cheer them on their way and make sure they’re well supplied with coffee for all their events.
Union Gospel Mission is an urban relief organization based in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. They provide food, shelter and services to some of the most vulnerable and needy residents in our community. We’re proud to work with this great organization.
Ethical Bean Coffee has been sponsoring Theatre Under The Stars since 2008. We’re thrilled to be a part of this wonderful and vibrant organization that provides entertainment for Vancouver families, and invaluable training and experience to amateur performers and technicians.
Beyond these, we also regularly respond to requests for assistance with the fundraising efforts of schools and community organizations both large and small.
Looking for support for your upcoming event? Contact us to talk to our community events coordinator about your eligibility.