Charity of the Month – Youth on Record

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Charity of the Month:  Youth On Record

In the shadow of our semi-annual Small Batch Revival, it is so fitting that we continue our celebration of community, innovation and music by supporting Youth On Record. These folks have a unique way of connecting with a too-often forgotten segment of our community and offering them an opportunity for personal growth. The peaks and valleys of learning an instrument or flexing your vocal chords takes time and courage and we salute the fine folks at YOR that take kids out of their element for showing at-risk young people that there are choices in this world that lead to positive ends, even just the satisfaction of learning a new chord! “At Youth On Record, we believe that young people – those who are both at-risk and written-off – have the potential to turn their lives around. We are committed to bringing our proven methods of empowerment and behavioral modification through music education to youth in Colorado who need it the most.” They are committed to “ensuring that the youth we serve graduate from high school and are ready to enter the workforce, transition to college or enter advanced technical training.”

Youth on Record Hallway

For more information on the CYCA please visit: http://www.cyca.org

To learn how you can help, please click here: http://www.youthonrecord.org/help-us/

For more information on our Charities of the Month program, you can reach out to Karla Baise at karla@odellbrewing.com

Tip Jar: Colorado Youth Corps

We are committed to make as small an impact on the environment as possible here at Odell Brewing Company and there is no better way than investing in the young people that we entrust with its future. We support Colorado Youth Corps and all that they do to train, facilitate and activate young adults in Colorado to protect and strengthen our natural world. They raise resources for youth corps, promotes legislation, advocacy and strategic communication and fosters high quality educational opportunities for youth corps staff and participants just for starters!

You can learn more here: http://www.cyca.org/cyca/

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Charity of the Month – Estes Valley Community Garden

Charity of the Month: Estes Valley Community Garden

EVCG Building Gardens

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

There is no better way to have food security than to grow it yourself, add the cherished element of community and the project takes on a deeper meaning. Estes Valley Community Garden exemplifies the commitment that we here at Odell have to quality work, independence and collaboration. For a few years now the good folks of Estes Park have been researching ways to connect people and Earth through a laundry list of the best reads on gardening (and at high altitude!). Some of the literature that got this group inspired includes Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Allan Weisman’s Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth, and Rob Hopkins’ The Transition Handbook, as well as many others. The mission of the Estes Valley Community Garden (EVCG) “is to enrich the individual, social, and environmental health of the residents of the Estes Valley through gardening and gardening knowledge, by providing residents the opportunity to plant, grow, and gather some of their own food, and to become a more sustainable community.” Cheers to that!

The gardeners broke ground in November last year, just deposited their first load of top soil in April and could use your help! To volunteer, visit here: http://www.evcg.org/#!volunteer/cmnw

Breaking Ground EVCG

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

For more information on the garden please visit: http://www.evcg.org/

For more information on our Charities of the Month program, you can reach out to Karla Baise at karla@odellbrewing.com

Tip Jar: Hunger Free Colorado  

Hunger Free Colorado

(Photo credit: Hunger Free Colorado)

The name says it all, though I would probably amend with “and great beer for all!” After all, beer is food. We are gathering tips from our guests in our tap room this month and paying them forward to Hunger Free Colorado to contribute to the health and well-being of all Coloradoans. This amazing and dynamic group aims to “leverage the power of collaboration, systems change, policy change and social change to end hunger in Colorado.” We hope that you will swing by the tap room for a pint and leave your change for change!

You can learn more here: http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Charity of the Month – Partners Mentoring Youth

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Charity of the Month: Partners Mentoring Youth

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We are so fortunate to have an organization like Partners Mentoring Youth here in Northern Colorado, an agency whose mission is to “create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives.” Odell Brewing Company now boasts 2 co-worker mentors and their testimony leads me to believe that these deserving young people have had just as profound an effect on them! It has been our pleasure each year to sponsor one of PMY’s largest annual events, the Sharin’ O’ the Green 5K that takes walkers, joggers and runners trotting through beautiful Old Town Fort Collins. A majority of racers stay to enjoy our local St. Patrick’s Day Parade and racers over 21 years old can enjoy a complimentary Odell beer. This truly Fort Collins event has become a tradition that we are proud to be a part of! Please consider supporting Partners Mentoring Youth by entering the Sharin’ O’ the Green, giving a small amount of your time time to a young person in need of a friend or donating what you can to this incredible organization!

To sign up to enter the Sharin O the Green 5K please visit here: http://www.partnersmentoringyouth.org/Events/SharinOTheGreen.aspx

To make a donation, please visit here: http://www.partnersmentoringyouth.org/BeaDonor/BeaSustainingPartner.aspx

For more information, you can reach out to Karla Baise at karla@odellbrewing.com

Tip Jar: The Book Trust

Book Trust

Fort Collins boasts an incredible community of creative and innovative members that all seem to want to better this town and the people that live here. It’s no surprise that the Book Trust (now a national organization that works in tandem with scholastic books) began as the dream of a teacher at our very own Tavelli Elementary to get books into the hands of every kid at school. She knew that “book choice and ownership are fundamental in promoting literacy. Children who are free to choose what they read are more likely to read and that the number of books in a home has the same impact on a child’s level of education attainment as parental educational levels. The Book Trust program allows children the opportunity to fall in love with reading by choosing their own books and building a home library.” The Book Trust teams up with elementary schools to make sure that kids that receive free and reduced lunch also have an opportunity to place orders of up to $7 on each Scholastic book order, so far they’ve served 35,000 students this year, delivering over 800,000 books!

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“Our team is dedicated to closing the literacy gap by inspiring a passion for reading among some of the nation’s neediest children. Learn more about the team that believes a few individuals can make a big difference.” If you’d like to learn more about Book Trust, visit them here: http://www.booktrust.org/about/

If you’re not going to make it into the tap room to throw a few duckets in the tip jar, you can donate here:  http://www.booktrust.org/donate/

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Charity of the Month – Snowboard Outreach Society

Odell Outreach and Charitable Giving Program

Charity of the Month: Snowboard Outreach Society

I woke up Monday and it was February already! I  think I have finally stopped writing 2015 for the date and am beginning to realize that I might just have let winter slip by EXCEPT, we are going to have the Snowboard Outreach Society in our tap room this month! These folks are amazing and doing the best work to help under-served youth not just get out on the mountain and get some exercise and fresh air, but gain a quiver of life-skills that translate into every choice they will make. They turn the world of preachy, black and white rules into relatable, attainable success outside. Since there is no better teacher than experience, we are going to take this pportunity to get out on the hill with this incredible group of inspiring folks and help them to engage some young people that may not have a whole lot of depth in their bull-pen. I cannot wait for the opportunity to learn alongside these kids on the slopes of Keystone in March. If you happen to be up there making some turns, keep your eyes peeled for our Denver and Mountain sales teams getting schooled by high-risk kids doing what they know best~ mastering high-risk activities! SOS is no longer just about winter mountain activities and has graduated into an integrated, year-long program that supports its members without break. They work with local agencies for referrals and our tip jar this month just happens to be one of their partners!

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(Photo Credit: SOS Outreach)

To learn more about SOS, please visit their website at http://sosoutreach.org/ 

To make a donation, please visit their Colorado Gives page:

https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27347

Tip Jar: The Matthew’s House

The Executive Director of the Matthew’s House, Jerri Schmitz sums it up best in her welcome statement: “Welcome to The Matthews House. We invite you to join us to help cultivate hope and build resiliency in the lives of others. When we work together as a community children and families will attain what they need to learn, improve, and become stronger—and in turn, make our whole community stronger.” Jerri started the organization when she realized that there was a very large, under-served population of young people in our community that seemed to live in a vacuum between adolescence and adulthood around the ages of 16-20. These were young people poised on the spring board of becoming adults with little to no skills for success. Some of the kids Jerri was talking to didn’t know how to write a check or make a box of macaroni and cheese, things that I undeniably took for granted. Jerri created the Matthew’s House, a home where kids without that sense of place could come and do homework, learn how to make a meal, talk to a therapist and tap into a deep list of other services that they may not have found otherwise. We are thrilled to have the Matthew’s House in our tap room this month and encourage you to learn more about what they are doing here: http://thematthewshouse.org/about/organization/

Matthew's House

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

Charity of the Month – Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built II”

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Charity of the Month: Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built”

This month we host Habitat for Humanity in our tap room, specifically, The House That Beer Built II. This is a project near and dear to our hearts as it highlights some of the very best components of the craft beer industry and started out as a uniquely Fort Collins project. We joined forces with 7 other breweries and our local Habitat for Humanity to build the first House That Beer Built in 2013 for the beautiful Andrasik family of Rist Canyon. They lost their home in the 2012 High Park Fire and were the first natural disaster loss that our Habitat has rebuilt. Black Bottle, CB & Potts, Coopersmith’s, Equinox, Fort Collins Brewing, Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing and Pateros Creek joined forces to get Candace Andrasik and her 3 children “back home” by Christmas.

Andrasik Family

This collaborative and generous spirit is the driving force behind this second effort to bring a family home. Join us in our strides to raise $100,000 for the “bricks and sticks” of the Beavers’ house. We hope to break ground by August and you will have an opportunity to help us do the actual building too! Watch the House That Beer Built page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/housethatbeerbuilt/ as well as Habitat’s website, listed below. Mark your calendar for our kick-off event at Coopersmith’s on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16th when we reveal the breweries who will be helping to build the House That Beer Built II! Make a donation and be one of the first folks in town to rock an HTBB II t-shirt!! You will have lots of opportunities to unite with us throughout 2016 as we join forces with other community partners like The Farmhouse who will honor the House That Beer Built II as the recipient of their “Chicken and Given” for the month of May. Don’t miss the Brewers’ Olympics this June as our Fort Collins brewers vie for gold and team up to raise money for HTBB II!! We will continue to release fun events and opportunities as we get the ball rolling, keep your eyes peeled!

For more information, you can reach out to Karla at karla@odellbrewing.com or watch the Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity website:  http://www.fortcollinshabitat.org/

To make a donation, please be sure to indicate that you are donating to the House That Beer Built II on the Habitat for Humanity page here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fortcollinshabitat

Tip Jar: The House of Neighborly Services

 HELP FOR TODAY…INTERVENTION, BASIC AND EMERGENCY SERVICES HOPE FOR TOMORROW…PROGRAMS, EDUCATION, AND BETTER JOBS BRING SELF-RELIANCE”

The House of Neighborly Services hosts a number of charitable non-profit organizations all under one roof. They add convenience and quality of life to people and families that have been marginalized and provide assistance to maintain the hand up that they are given. We had the amazing pleasure of bringing a team of volunteers over to their facility last spring to help them get their doors open to those in need. It is such a special, inviting place, we are so pleased to have them in our tap room this January!

To check out the services that they offer and the amazing statistics that they are able to report, please visit their website here: http://www.honservice.org/

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

 

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

 

Charity of the Month – SAVA

Charity of the Month: SAVA

It is the season of gratitude, reflection and light. This month we honor the people in our community that do some of the most difficult and important work to keep the fabric of our society whole and we are so grateful for them. Sexual Assault Victims Advocates provides a safe space for survivors to seek the help they need to improve their lives in the wake of their assault. SAVA provides services for men and women survivors of sexual assault including (but not limited to) evidence collection and healing through this immensely complicated process. They provide the truth about sexual assault and empower each of us to be better citizens, neighbors and friends through compassion and communication. Though we all wish that SAVA were unnecessary, they remain a beacon of light for members of our populace that feel like the light has been taken away. We cannot thank them enough for the challenging work that they do!

Learn more about SAVA here: http://savacenter.org/

Check out their beautiful “Faces” project here: http://savacenter.org/faces-project/

SAVA Many Faces Campaign - December

YOU can become a mentor and help someone on their healing path: http://savacenter.org/volunteer/

 

Tip Jar: Crossroads Safehouse

Yet another organization that provides some of the most challenging and important help for our disenfranchised community members, we are honored to have Crossroads Safehouse on our tip jar this month. “For 34 years, abused women and children have come to Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins. Here they have found safety, shelter, and the personal assistance and resources they need to build lives without violence. Crossroads offers free safehousing, advocacy, legal assistance, transitional housing, and education. At our safehouse we annually provide food, clothing, and support for over 500 residents.  Crossroads new facility houses administrative staff, legal staff and shelter residents under one roof, and is the point of contact for donors, volunteers, and outreach clients. Each year we provide more than 15,000 units of service to thousands of clients and program attendees. In 2013, Crossroads provided shelter for 521 individuals helping to prevent 14,737 nights of homelessness due to domestic violence”

To learn more about Crossroads Safehouse and what they provide our community, visit them here: http://www.crossroadssafehouse.org/  Looking to give to a highly impactful organization in our community? Go here: https://www.coloradogives.org/NoCoGives/CrossroadsSafehouse/overview

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator

 

April is Volunteer Month

 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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There are many things we take pride in here at Odell: making each beer better than the last, creating a great place to work, and giving back to our communities. Odell Brewing Company is committed to contributing to the well-being and prosperity of the people, communities and environment within our distribution area. Our charitable program helps to accomplish this goal. It is managed by a team of co-workers who meet quarterly to choose which agencies to support.  Our primary areas of interest for donations include:

  • Humanitarian
    • Children-at-risk
    • Single parent families
    • Elderly
  • Environmental
  • Educational

Each month we choose a different charity to give to. If you have ever purchased a taster tray in our tap room, you too have contributed to our goal of giving back to the community. All of the proceeds from our taster trays and tips help fund our charitable program (thank YOU for trying our beers)! Our charities of the month for April focus on education:

The United Way/ Teaching Tree (Larimer County, Education)

The philosophy of Teaching Tree is to provide a stimulating and respectful environment for preschool aged children. They are able to adjust tuition based on the ability to pay

Teach for America (Denver, Education) Change is Possible

We can provide an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. Although 16 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can achieve at the highest levels.

Tips: Be FRANK Foundation (Bayfield, Education)

Be FRANK (For the Recreational and Artistic Needs of Kids) Foundation strives to provide opportunities for area youth through fine arts, environmental and outdoor education, and athletics. We strive to encourage our youth to live meaningful and purposeful lives by getting them involved in activities that stimulate their minds and get them in touch with their communities.

Odell Outreach

There are many other ways to give back to your community. Here at Odell Brewing Company, we encourage our co-workers to get out and volunteer. We also LOVE working with others in our community and encourage all of you to join. Check out opportunities to volunteer through our Odell Outreach Program.  We host events throughout the year and invite people to join us. We are, also, a proud member of The United Way Business Cares program. If you would like to join us in a project, learn more information about our giving program, or just give back, check out our Philanthropy page.  We are always excited to meet new people, give back, and enjoy a pint after our hard work is complete! Thanks to all of you who have joined us already!

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Trellis: A gift to The Gardens on Spring Creek

Last June, Odell Brewing Co. released Trellis Garden Ale, a collaboration beer with The Gardens on Spring Creek here in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Trellis was brewed with dried coriander, cilantro, rose petals, and pineapple mint giving this double pale ale a unique twist. It was not intended to be potpourri in a glass, but rather a beer composed with herbs, spices, and hops. Its floral notes, with a mild hop characteristic, create balance.

 

One dollar from each bottle sold will benefit The Gardens on Spring Creek.
One dollar from each bottle sold benefited The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Our intentions were to raise funds for The Gardens on Spring Creek and help them grow. We now have the opportunity to contribute the money raised to the endowment that lives at the Community Foundation for Northern Colorado.  By taking $1 from each bottle of Trellis sold, we were honored to give them over $17,000 to their organization last night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0186From the beginning, we were excited about working with the local garden. Our intent was to take the local ingredients and create this unique beer.  We were able to not only create a unique beer, but help the gardens towards reaching their endowment goal! If you enjoyed a bottle of Trellis over the past year, thank you. Cheers to our community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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