Go Fund Bean found its start through the release of emergency grants at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, this remains our flagship program. Go Fund Bean provides $500 in need-based grants to hourly coffee professionals around the USA each quarter. This program is made possible through donations from industry leaders and generous individuals like you. (should add donation link below this description). Donate here
The pandemic left hourly coffee workers on unsteady ground in their workplaces, which continues to take a toll on their mental and emotional health. Through SGI, we are able to support these workers by providing them with free sessions with a therapist. 50% of spots are reserved for BIPOC individuals while another 25% are reserved for those who were hourly workers within the past year.
To uplift the career goals of hourly coffee workers, Bean For Bean lets us connect seasoned coffee professionals with people new to the industry. Mentors and Mentees connect in our Discord server, and each partnership is assigned a private Asana project to set goals, figure out action plans, and discuss their work. Program facilitators send out weekly discussion prompts for our Mentors and Mentees to engage with and grow their relationship.
These monthly professional development classes are geared towards hourly coffee workers. Each provides them with access to expertise to help them attain skills they might not have access to otherwise. Classes are held online via Zoom, are free to hourly coffee workers, and are recorded in an archive on our Patreon for posterity. You can find out more about our Bean Development classes and other events here
This monthly newsletter is filled with articles from coffee and tea professionals industry-wide and delivered to our Patreon subscribers, then released to the general public shortly after. Articles include topics related to both the greater coffee industry as well as areas we think would be of great interest to our community at large. (should include instructions on how to submit pitches, as well as patreon link and newsletter link). Read more at patreon.com/gofundbean
Partially spurred by the Texas weather crisis in early 2021, the GFB Disaster Relief provides funds to hourly coffee professionals who are affected by natural disasters exacerbated by climate crisis or other localized emergencies as a way of being able to give them money as quickly as possible.