Giving Guide

Below are the organizations we support individually, collectively and as a business. It is important for us to give back and support the organizations we believe in. As we start the holiday season we welcome the reminder to give to those who need our support.

Access Fund - Today, 1 in 5 climbing areas in the United States is threatened by an access issue—whether it's private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. But they can be managed. At Access Fund, they are on a mission to protect climbing access and the integrity of America’s outdoor climbing areas.

American Civil Liberties Union - For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
American Friends Service Committee - AFSC is vested in using peace-making and conflict resolution tools to effect long-term changes in society.
Ark Animal Shelter - The Ark is a no-kill animal shelter located in Cherryfield, in DownEast Maine. Founded in 1984, The Ark is committed to providing compassionate care and placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation, spaying and neutering pets to alleviate overpopulation, and promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach.

Blue Hill COOP - A belief in good quality, organic, local foods available to everyone on the Peninsula. Supporting a local cooperative grocery store supports the local farm, farmers, food purveyors and in turn nourishes us with the abundance that is around us here in Maine.

Blue Hill Heritage Trust - Conserving in perpetuity land and water resources that support the long-term health and well-being of the natural and human communities on the Blue Hill Peninsula. 

Blue Hill Public Library & Brooksville Friend Memorial Library (our local libraries) - Beautiful, comfortable public spaces that offer a wide range of free programs and equal opportunity space availability.

Dress for Success - An international organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Friends of Holbrook Island Sanctuary - Holbrook Island Sanctuary protects many different ecosystems, which visitors can explore and enjoy.

Human Rights Campaign - The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
MaryAnn Snow Bates Education Fund for Brooksville Residents - This is the Brooksville Education Fund flagship unrestricted fund. It supplies the bulk of their scholarships as well as grants to the Brooksville Elementary School.
MPBN (NPR) - Not an alternative organizational structure, but a wide variety of interesting and valuable news programs. Also, let's keep classical on the airwaves - it's good for the brain.

The Nature Conservancy - Supporting and sustaining the natural world is important. This organization doesn't exclude humans and human activities from Nature, but recognizes that we are part of the Earth and must be part of keeping the Earth whole.
Ready by 21 Mentoring - Ready By 21 Mentoring is a comprehensive mentoring program built to empower young people to live healthy, happy, productive lives. A joining of ages that is inspiring growth and possibility while fostering mutuality and wide spread collaboration. 
Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (RRGCC) - A group of volunteers dedicated to securing and protecting open, public access to rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky and promoting conservation of the environment on the lands where we climb.

Shambala Press - Shambhala Publications specializes in books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, society, and the planet. With that in mind, they have launched an initiative to minimize their environmental impact through responsible choices in their book production process, printing on responsibly forested trees and produced with 30% postconsumer waste.
The Simmering Pot - Simmering Pot is a non-profit entity under the umbrella of ROSC (Resources Organizing for Social Change). It provides weekly wholesome and nutritious meals free of charge to anyone, regardless of income, in the Blue Hill Peninsula community. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, supporting local farmers. More than one hundred dinners are served each week. On the first Monday of every month, volunteers from Blue Hill Memorial Hospital generously prepare the dinner.
Tree of Life Food Pantry and Turn Style - Tree of Life is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing emergency and supplemental food for the community, providing and selling good used clothing, and fostering self-help and education on the Blue Hill Peninsula. The Tree of Life Food Pantry and TurnStyle Thrift Shop work together as a unique, self-supporting organization.

WERU - Volunteer powered, "a voice of many voices", Maine Community radio, bringing an alternative organizational structure, independent news sources and Triple A music.
Wildlife Rehabilitation & Environmental, Education at ACADIA WILDLIFE - Acadia Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1994 with the goal of caring for injured or orphaned native animals and releasing them back to the wild. The care of wildlife, or wildlife rehabilitation, is done by trained professionals with licenses from the state of Maine, and the federal government. Animals are brought to the clinic by game wardens, vets, police, marine patrol, and by many members of the general public from three counties of central, coastal Maine.
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