The Beer Scouts are an interdepartmental group who sponsor volunteer events for coworkers and community members as a means to give back and inspire positive change. The group was formed a few years back with the goal of connecting busy people to projects they might be passionate about. The Scouts work to find great causes to support each year that are aligned with New Belgium’s values. They have helped log 12,500 volunteer hours of coworker time in the past five years.
Inspired by the success of their first collaboration with seven other local craft breweries and Habitat for Humanity, the Beer Scouts are thrilled to contribute to the House That Beer Built 2016 initiative. Once again we are joining ranks with the local craft beer movement to raise $100,000 and build a home in partnership with the Beavers family. You can follow their progress and get involved by checking out theHTBB Facebook page.
Here’s a quick run-down of some 2015 Beer Scouts-sponsored events:
- We joined businesses throughout Larimer County to compete to raise food and funds in the 16th Annual Food Bank Corporate Food Fight! In addition to the food drive, we also took a shift at the Food Bank warehouse to help sort and repack food.
- Departments from around the brewery took the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community while partaking in some great team building in partnership with United Way of Larimer County's Make a Difference Day.
- For the past several years, NBB has participated in Sears Trostel's annual Bread N Boards fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County. Every year, the specialty lumber store produces hundreds of bread boards that it sells in December to benefit the Food Bank of Larimer County. We participate by screen printing tea towels that are sold with bread boards. In 2015 we helped raise over $31,000 that will provide over 155,000 meals to families and individuals in Larimer County!
In addition to these NBB-planned events, the Scouts encourage all coworkers to find causes that we’re passionate about to dedicate the precious gift of time to on our own, and they reward us with paid time off for our efforts (1 hour of PTO for every 2 hours of volunteer work, not a bad deal). All told, New Belgium coworkers volunteered over 2,773 hours in 2015.