The admiration goes both ways. “Working with Hopworks was fantastic. In addition to receiving a percent of all pint sales, Hopworks was a true partner and used the month as an opportunity to promote our programs broadly,” said Andrew Hogan, development director for Zenger farm. “We really enjoyed hosting them on their staff volunteer day as well. They turned a few scraggly plants into a small Hops garden—and, after Christian’s work with the broom—our driveway has never looked so clean.”
Folks at Growing Gardens, a partner organization that builds gardens for low income individuals and communities, really appreciated the kickoff event at the brewery.
“I had no idea that we would be treated like royalty and [HUB’s] generosity was overwhelming,” said David Greenberg, executive director of Growing Gardens.
Becky Meiers, development director at KBOO Community Radio, hosted a live show at Hopworks as part of their kick-off. “Working with Hopworks was awesome and their service staff were incredible when we did the live remote,” Meiers said “We’re honored to be a part of the Community Tap program. It’s perfect for us because both of our organizations are working to build a better community—and doing it together.”
It’s precisely that concept that kept HUB staff motivated to get on their bikes that dreary January day, the opportunity to give back and support awesome community nonprofits. The volunteers were wet and cold—so cold they could see their breath. But what they really talk about was how great it was to learn how to plant trees and to help local neighborhoods. The post-volunteer tacos and Hopworks IPA didn’t hurt either.