Fair State Cooperates: 2016 and Forward

 

As 2016 comes to a close, so does the inaugural year of our Fair State Cooperates program. We teamed up with twelve different non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness, while also lending a hand. Everything about this initiative has been made possible by our community of members and taproom regulars.

 

If you stopped by the taproom to purchase a growler in 2016, then you helped support one of Minnesota’s excellent non-profit organizations. Every growler that went home with a customer was also a dollar that went to a non-profit. Several thousand dollars donated, just by buying beer.
 

 

In addition to growlers, we also used work gloves. Every organization has its own unique needs that we did our best to accommodate. Each partnership provided a different experience for members, staff, and regulars to come together and get our hands dirty. Monthly volunteer events ranged from landscaping to bike wrenching, to preparing food, to crafting art with kids.

 

One day that readily comes to mind, was working with Friends of the Mississippi River back in July. A dozen volunteers gathered in the Beer Garden. Adam and Trevor from FMR gave us a quick lesson on the water table, the river, and the stuff that goes through our drains. We then split into three groups and covered the brewery’s surrounding neighborhood. Each group was equipped with a stencil, paint, and informational brochures. We cleaned and stenciled each storm drain with the message DUMP NO WASTE, DRAINS TO RIVER. It was a beautiful day, and neighbors became curious about the folks in red shirts cleaning and decorating drains. The Fair State Cooperators enthusiastically spoke to the importance of clean storm drains, shared a brochure, and made a plug for the local brewery’s volunteer program. In addition to doing some work in the wonderful weather, the day was great because we met some neighbors, and people seemed genuinely appreciative of the effort. The day finished with the new tradition of gathering back at the taproom for a couple pints on the house, and some delicious replenishing snacks donated by Eastside Food Co-op.

 

 

 

2016 was a great first year for the program. We had fun, made connections, and found areas to improve upon. If you have not already joined us, I hope that this is the year you spend some time with Fair State Cooperates. This Fall at our annual meeting, member-owners selected our non-profit partners for the 2017 year. Without further adieu, the line-up for next year is…

 

College Possible
Center for Victims of Torture
Friends of the Mississippi
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Family Tree Clinic
Planned Parenthood
Animal Humane Society
Eastside Neighborhood Services
SACA Food Shelf
Free Arts Minnesota
Can Do Canines
Children’s Cancer Research Fund

 

This project has been a fun one to develop, and I am excited to see what it becomes. If you are interested in learning more, wish to get involved, or nominate future Fair State Cooperates non-profit partners, please contact me at davin@fairstate.coop.

 

– Davin
Membership Coordinator

 

July with Friends of the Mississippi

Some of the finest beauty in our state is in the water. Our lakes and rivers are a substantial part of our Minnesota identity. For July, we are teaming up with the good folks at Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR). Every time you purchase a growler in the taproom, $1 will go to support the efforts of FMR!

On Saturday July 16th, 1-3pm, Fair State Cooperates will be joining FMR for a volunteer event to stencil storm drains.

Event Description:
After a brief introduction and presentation about run-off pollution at the brewery from FMR’s Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, we’ll head out to the nearby streets for the stenciling activity. Armed with spray paint, a stencil and traffic cones, we’ll stencil “Keep ’em Clean, Drains to River” next to storm drains. Volunteers also distribute educational door hangers to nearby homes and businesses, making a visual connection between the newly stenciled drains and local water quality, and what they can do in their home and yard to help protect our local waters.

The event will last two hours and you can sign up here!

Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear, and clothing that can survive a little paint (a red Fair State Cooperates shirt, perhaps)

We will begin and end at Fair State. Pints & snacks (from Eastside!) to follow the stenciling!

March with Second Harvest Heartland

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This month we are teaming up with Second Harvest Heartland, one of the largest food banks in the country. Last year, they provided over 77 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries, and partners throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Every growler that you purchase this month will send $1 to Second Harvest Heartland to support their excellent work.

Fair State Cooperates: Coming up on Saturday the 19th, a group of twenty Fair State members and friends will lend a hand, and help sort food donations at the Golden Valley location. This volunteer event is already filled up, but stay tuned for monthly opportunities to get involved with Fair State Cooperates.

February with East Side Neighborhood Services

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Our February partner is East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS), a nonprofit human services agency that provides basic needs resources and social services. With a focus on individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Formed in 1915, the organization recently turned 100, and has helped 11,500 individuals (in 2010 alone) through a broad range of community-based social services.

Every growler purchased in February will send $1 to help ESNS with their great work.

Fair State Cooperates: On Saturday the 6th, ESNS will be hosting their annual Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle. Team Fair State, defending champions (of the spirit, and second place finishers), will be competing once more against other local breweries. And while that happens, Fair State Cooperates – our volunteer crew – will be helping ESNS with event day logistics. Keep your eyes open for more ways to get involved with Fair State Cooperates!

Fair State Cooperates – Animal Humane Society

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Happy New Year, everybody!

Today we are excited to announce a new program at Fair State, a collaborative effort between the brewery, our member-owners, and the community that we call home.

Introducing Fair State Cooperates. Every month we will be teaming up with a different local organization, as selected by our membership. Starting today, $1 of every growler sale will be donated to our featured partner organization of the month. At some point during the month we will facilitate a volunteer opportunity for our member-owners to help out as best the partner organization sees fit. A chance to put down the pint, and get the hands a little dirty.

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To kick things off, our first partner is the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota. Every growler of Fair State beer that you purchase in January will help to fund the important work that they do with our fuzzy friends. In lieu of a large volunteer event, the Animal Humane Society has asked us to run a drive to collect much needed items for the animals. This could include anything from leashes and toys, to treats and cleaning supplies. There is an extensive list of super helpful items (much you’d never think of) available here. Please take a look and see what you can do to help. We will be collecting these items in the taproom throughout the month of January.

For more information, please visit the links below or stop by the taproom. We have a variety of materials on hand. If you are interest in getting more involved with the Animal Humane Society,  there are opportunities for individuals to volunteer and become important contributors to the lives of these animals.

Stay tuned for more events and opportunities with Fair State Cooperates. And thank you for being such an awesome and supportive community! We are excited for all the good things to come.

Last October at our annual meeting, member-owners created a list of organizations that they would like to work with for fundraising and volunteer initiatives in the year to come. If you have any questions or wish to nominate an organization, please contact our member coordinator Davin Haukebo-Bol at davin@fairstate.coop

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