Give a Hoot Juice
We intend to serve the community through a variety of specials, such as our rotating “Give a Hoot Juice.” A percentage of the profit from this juice will go to a selected local organization or program that aligns with our mission to create a healthier, more peaceful, and positive Portland.
February 2013 Give a Hoot Recipient: Hope Acts & Turnip the Beet Juice
Hope Acts is a brand new 501(c)(3) non-profit located right in the middle of Portland’s Parkside neighborhood. “We love it here and we’re dedicated to helping our neighbors by addressing needs for healthy living, housing security, and a hopeful economic future.”
The Vision: A community where all people experience social, emotional, physical, economic, and spiritual well-being.
The Mission: To improve the quality of life for persons of Portland’s urban peninsula by addressing needs for healthy living, housing security, and a hopeful economic future, and to strengthen neighborhoods to become safe places of hospitality, hope and healing for all people.
Hope Acts is currently running programs in recovery & wellness and immigration support. Learn more!
Check out this video and then imagine what you can bring to Hope Acts to help build a community of hospitality, hope and healing for all people!
October Give a Hoot Recipient: A Company of Girls & Cucumber Lemon Apple
The mission of A Company of Girls (ACOG) is “to strengthen and empower girls and their families, and foster community through the arts.” Their after school visual and performing arts based resiliency program is offered free of charge and offers transportation, when possible, within Greater Portland to its participants. Traditionally, ACOG participants are divided into two groups based on age-the “Fledgling” group and the “Ensemble”. Each group of girls meets with staff two days a week for approximately three hours each day in the Irish Heritage Center in downtown Portland. Programming begins in the middle of October and runs through early June. For the 2012-2013 school year they are piloting programs with the Portland Mentoring Alliance and the Girl Scouts, empowering more girls in their schools and neighborhoods. ACOG will also present a holiday show at Mayo Street Arts in December as part of our “Express Yourself” Fall Theater Program.
Though A Company of Girls is committed to serve girls who live in poverty, they offer the program to any girl who it is determined would benefit from the curriculum. ACOG’s programming shapes girls into young women who have the confidence and spirit of inclusiveness to make positive changes in their communities and remain resilient to life’s challenges. Because their participants are from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds, girls and their families learn to better understand the perspectives of those who go to different schools, live in different neighborhoods, or have differing family backgrounds; therefore building bridges throughout their community.
In keeping with the ACOG’s mission to strengthen and empower families, parents are required, as part of their child’s enrollment, to spend time volunteering in the program and are kept up to date by staff about the progress of their children. This fosters open communication within the families and builds stronger parent/child relationships. Parents attend annual events such as the Father’s Day car wash and mother/daughter dinners, and they volunteer in the program, backstage at performances, and at events in the community. Their help and commitment to the success of ACOG is an important example and indication of support to their girls.
To learn more, visit www.acompanyofgirls.org
September Give a Hoot Recipient: The Unity Project & Shaktini
The Unity Project (UP) is a non-profit, school-based bias and harassment prevention program focused on Maine middle and high schools. The mission of the Unity Project is to build strong leadership among young people and adults to prevent harassment and create safe schools. UP believes that young people’s leadership is key to preventing and responding to school-based bias and harassment. During adolescence, peer influence is of paramount importance: so why not use that influence to create respectful schools? UP has been doing just that since 2002, with powerful results. Interested in learning more? Visit maineup.org or facebook.com/maineup, and join us in lifting Maine UP!