The Beer Scouts are an interdepartmental group of New Belgium coworkers who sponsor volunteer events for coworkers and community members as a means to give back and inspire positive change.
The group was formed a number of years back with the goal of connecting busy people to projects they might be passionate about. The Scouts work to find great causes that are aligned with New Belgium’s values, and have helped log 22,282 volunteer hours of coworker time since 2010!
We now have Beer Scouts leaders actively engaging coworkers at both New Belgium breweries- Asheville, NC and Fort Collins, CO.
Each consists of a local group of coworkers who sponsor volunteer events for coworkers and community members as a means to give back and inspire positive change. Our goal is to connect busy coworkers to projects they might be passionate about. The Scouts work to find great causes that are aligned with New Belgium’s values.
In honor of the men and women serving our country, New Belgium spearheaded a Military Appreciation Drive over the holiday season. We sent 300 care packages to troops overseas in order to honor them, lift their spirits, and show our appreciation as they serve our country.
We partnered with the Elks Lodge of Fort Collins for the Drive, who contributed $2000 to the effort and donated their space for a care package assembly night. New Belgium held a bake sale, supported by a team of 20 coworker bakers, which raised an additional $1630 to put toward the care packages! Elks Lodge volunteers accompanied a crew of 80 New Belgium coworkers and family members spent an evening together decorating cards and assembling the packages. It was a night of and good cheer!
We can’t fit the entire list in full but here’s a cross section of organizations our coworkers gave their time to in 2016:
WNC Aids Project, Habitat for Humanity, Homeless Gear, United Way, Brother Wolf, Ciclismo Youth Foundation, Food Bank of Larimer County, Manna Food Bank, Mountain Hut Association, Alternatives to Violence, Poudre River Fest, CO Aids Foundation, The Animal House, St. Patrick’s Center, Santa Cruz Museum, AmeriCorps, CitySERVE, Humane Society, Boys and Girls Club, Scleroderma Foundation, Bee City USA, The Nature Conservancy, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and numerous Poudre District schools, pet fostering and youth sports teams.
In addition to New Belgium planned events, the Scouts encourage all coworkers to find causes that they’re passionate about to dedicate the precious gift of time to on their own. Volunteer coworkers are rewarded with paid time off for their efforts! (1 hour of PTO for every 2 hours of volunteer work, not a bad deal). New Belgium also offers up to $500 per coworker who participates in a volunteer vacation. Funds can be used for travel, lodging or other fees.
Coworkers volunteered 5,562 hours in 2017. Estimated value of New Belgium's community impact is $134,325. Cheers to that!
*Independent Sector estimate of average value of a volunteer hour
Our Tasting Rooms in Fort Collins and Asheville donated over $150,000 to local nonprofit organizations on behalf of our kind-hearted beer drinking fans by way of our tips program.
Tour De Fat, the traveling philanthropic beer, music, and bike festival, raised over $446,579 for partnering non-profits last year and over $5.3 million since inception.
New Belgium’s Philanthropy Fund (a.k.a. the $1/barrel Fund) awarded $954,870 to organizations in the communities where we sell our beer and over $9.5 million since inception.