Pay it forward by giving back
Our mission at Coffee Brigade is to provide great tasting coffee, and to help veterans while we are doing it. We believe that our military veterans are an extremely special group that is very important to our country. Unfortunately, they don’t always get the support that they deserve.
We want to do our part to change that. At Coffee Brigade, we give $1 for every pound of coffee we sell to veteran causes. The money is split between two programs – our Veteran Small Business Grant Program, and our Charitable Partnership Program.
Veteran Small Business Grant Program (VSBGP)
Our military veterans believe in our country and the American Dream. We want to help them achieve that dream. The VSBGP is a program that gives grants (no repayment required), anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, to American military veterans so they can start their own small businesses. This program not only helps our veterans, but also creates jobs, two things we are very passionate about.
Every year we take applications from veterans starting small businesses. We will award grants to the applicants that our VSBGP committee deems the most deserving. The number of grants awarded will be dependent on how much coffee we sell. The more coffee you buy, the more grants we can award! The VSBGP is our way of paying it forward by helping our veterans, and helping our country succeed through job creation.
Charitable Partnership Program
Every year we will select several veteran and military focused charities to donate to through to our Charitable Partnership Program. We choose charitable organizations that not only help our active duty military members and veterans, but that also share the same values and level of commitment that we have at Coffee Brigade. Our 2018 Charitable Partners are:
The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in her grief. Every military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools available to help rebuild her life. Because of that, the American Widow Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future. To learn more, go to www.americanwidowproject.org
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. The organization leads more than 4,000 volunteers in 30 chapters serving 37 states nationwide. In 2008, Operation Homefront met 65,693 needs of military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve from all branches of service. For more information on Operation Homefront go to www.operationhomefront.net
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. They have served over 27,000 in 2015, and more than 277,000 families since 1990. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. For more information on Fisher House Foundation go to www.fisherhouse.org