At Green Bridge, we strive to serve more than just great coffee. With the Community Blend Promise, we’re committed to supporting the people and programs our coffee shop serves. To do this, we’ve pledged to give back 10% of every purchase--not just profits--to organizations or neighbors in need.
Each quarter will feature two local Community Blend Partners. Customers will get to choose which Partner their purchase will support. We’re a coffee shop that’s doing coffee differently. All you need to do is walk in to take part.
Best Buddies is an organization that helps create opportunities in leadership, friendships and employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
One last step in establishing roots for Best Buddies here is raising funds to build an Oregon office for a home base. The goal is to raise $250,000 to make this dream come true. Obviously, we aren’t the only fund raisers but we are excited to bring both financial support and awareness to this wonderful organization.
Through Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), Hillsdale Farmer’s Market provides vouchers for low-income community members to purchase locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables from their vendors. This program increases the purchasing power of customers using their EBT cards at the market by providing them with up an additional $10 to spend at participating vendors on fresh locally grown produce. This also translates directly to dollars in the pockets of our farmers, who are able to redeem these vouchers like cash at the end of each market day. Funding for this program comes directly from local partners and sponsorships, and the generosity of neighbors (like GBC customers), which is invaluable to the program's success.
Animal Aid is a nonprofit animal rescue and welfare organization that has been serving animals and the people they love since 1969. In addition to a shelter for free-roaming cats and a foster program for cats and dogs, Animal Aid operates two community programs: the Animal Aid Cares Fund, a partnership with local vet clinics to offer funding for urgent veterinary care, and C-SNIP (Canine Spay/Neuter in Portland), a partnership with PAW Team to provide spay/neuter assistance to homeless or extremely low-income Portland-area residents.
Neighborhood House has been a force for equity and opportunity since 1905. They provide life-changing, comprehensive services to low-income, recent immigrant and other vulnerable people of all ages in Southwest and other Portland neighborhoods. Neighborhood House programs help children succeed in school and life, assist families to move beyond poverty and support seniors to continue living independently as long as possible. To meet the needs of its diverse program users, Neighborhood House specializes in offering culturally-responsive services for Latino, African, Middle Eastern and Russian individuals and families.
UNCUT is a Portland based non profit dedicated to providing resources and knowledge to kids between the ages of 10-17. They believe that all children should be given the opportunity to incorporate music into their lives. In some cases it’s simply a matter of inspiring and cultivating an existing musician. In others it’s as simple as introducing a new child to music.
Their goal is to CONNECT young artists to their community of musicians; to provide ACCESS to the tools they need to succeed; to ENGAGE with those interested in a career in music and to EDUCATE in all aspects of the music business.
Working Class Acupuncture provides low-cost acupuncture to the community through a cooperative, grassroots, financially self-sustaining model. Their goal is to offer people as much acupuncture as they want, in support of whatever goals they have, so that they can use it in whatever way works best for them.
Their experience shows that acupuncture can reliably and safely decrease pain and inflammation, quiet spasms, boost immunity, dispel migraines, shrink swelling, relieve pain in almost any location, regulate hormones, cut recovery time from surgery almost in half, calm anxiety, lift depression, restore mobility, improve digestion, and create a deep feeling of rest. Acupuncture is particularly helpful for people with chronic diseases, meaning conditions that can be managed but not cured. Because these folks often need to take many medications with multiple side effects, acupuncture can greatly improve their quality of life by helping with mood, energy and sleep – without creating any more side effects.
Hayhurst Elementary is a unique public school community in the heart of southwest Portland. Teachers average 18 years of experience in their field and create a multi-level teaching environment within each classroom to meet the needs of their students. The school has around 400 students with more moving into the neighborhood each day. Hayhurst houses a diverse population of kids and families including a population of 20% historically underserved children including 28.3% who receive free and reduced lunch.
The school community has risen to the challenge of supporting these neighbors in a number of ways. The PTA has helped to create a food bag program that sends home 35 bags of food to help our food insecure families. They also offer scholarship for school supplies and programming so that all children in the school have access to the basic and supplemental learning experiences they deserve.
Recently, the PTA has focused their fundraising on bolstering their opportunities to integrate technology into the classrooms. With a large percentage of children potentially having little to no access to computers in their homes, it has become their mission to provide computer literacy skills, from using a mouse and typing to coding and programming, as early as kindergarten.
Bridlemile Elementary School is a Kindergarten-5th grade elementary school in Southwest Portland with roughly 500 students. Core programs include music, media, technology, art, and Mandarin. Bridlemile relies heavily on parent and caregiver volunteers to help each student develop to his/her fullest potential. Through the PTA and Bridlemile Foundation, volunteers work to raise funds and resources to support such things as the Passport Club and Clothes Closet. The Passport Club is a week-long monthly geography club that teaches students about the geography of the world. The Clothes Closet collects clothes and distributes them to under-served kids in the community.
Bridlemile Elementary School community is dedicated to helping each student become a participating member of society through a nurturing school environment promoting positive self-esteem and self-confidence.