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 causes 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 over 10,300 volunteer hours of coworker time in the past four years. Here’s a quick run-down of some 2014 Beer Scouts-sponsored events:
- On the second Tuesday of every month, we spread the love by preparing and serving lunch to community members at The Mission. The Mission provides a warm bed, hot meal and a community atmosphere to people regardless of age, faith, race or social status, and happens to be the brewery’s neighbor right across the street.
- We joined businesses throughout Larimer County to compete to raise food and funds in the 15th 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. In total we raised $655 and 460 pounds of food for those in need throughout our Northern Colorado community.
- The team partnered with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department to plan a River Clean Up that would span over 17 areas along the river and local parks. This company wide event was part of our annual retreat and included all 580 employees. Unfortunately the day had to be cancelled due to snow. Our team regrouped and planned a smaller event on St. Arnold's Day - We packed/decorated 275 food bundles for project Homeless Gear and sent a river clean-up crew to Kingfisher Point where they filled a trailer full of erosion control webbing and trash.
- 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 2014 we helped raise over $39,000 that will provide over 156,000 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 2,500 hours in 2014. That’s like having 1.25 full-time employees dedicated to volunteering.