Harpoon Helps Contributes $830,000 to Charity in 2012
By: Liz Melby - Harpoon Helper Published:
I sought a job at Harpoon because I had fallen in love with Harpoon IPA. I figured that a company that made something I loved so dearly must be a wonderful place to work. Maybe it wasn’t the ideal job search method, but thankfully my intuition was correct (phew!). What began for me as a deep appreciation for a company that brews my favorite beer was soon compounded by a great admiration for a company that cares passionately for their community. For me, I’d hit the job mother lode.
Fast forward a few years (give or take a decade), and I feel just as fortunate to work for a company that brews my favorite beer (still IPA) and where I not only have the option, but am encouraged to work alongside my co-workers and friends to do good things within our community. What “things”? Great question!
Earlier this year about 25 of us plunged into the frigid waters of Boston Harbor to help raise money for Save the Harbor Save the Bay. Then a couple months later in May, 100 Harpooners and more than 200 beer-loving volunteers put on a road race at the brewery to raise money for the Angel Fund and ALS research. Most recently about 60 Harpooners and close to 600 volunteers (again, beer-loving) helped decorate homeless shelters and local non-profit organizations for the holidays. That’s just a snippet of some of the “things” you had asked about earlier, but there are many more.
All of the aforementioned events are part of Harpoon Helps, our charitable giving/volunteer program here at the brewery. The Harpoon Helps program came to fruition in 2003. At that point the brewery had been hosting fundraisers, volunteer outings, and donating beer for fundraising efforts as long as anyone here can remember. But the “Harpoon Helps” name put it all under one roof and it enabled us to focus more intently on expanding our role within the community. Titles are good like that sometimes, especially alliterative ones.
Now to get to the point of why I am writing this blog post (finally, I know!)! We are very proud, excited and a little bit dumbfounded to announce that in 2012, the Harpoon Helps program has raised more than $530,000 and contributed close to $300,000 in in-kind donations to support local charitable organizations. That’s $830,000 total! It’s wonderful.
And you can bet we’re going for a million in 2013. Who’s in? I’m in, especially if there’s an IPA in it for me somewhere.