GRC's New Year's Auction Results
2021 is off to a great start for twelve generous Grassroots fans and ten fabulous charities across the nation! On New Year's Day, we hosted our very first Live Auction on Facebook, posting an album of 16 items including samples, prints, unreleased gear, and super-combo packs! For 24 hours, Grassroots California friends and followers bid on items to benefit the charity or non-for-profit organization of their choice and we raised $2000!
We followed up with each winner and learned about some fabulous efforts supporting everything from animals, children, and medical research to environmental conservation. We’re incredibly proud to support each of the causes on behalf of our auction winners. We’d like to take a minute to share the benefactors and their beneficiaries with you in the spirit of generosity, supporting small, and supporting local!
Presenting the Benefactors & Beneficiaries
Benefactor: Mike Gorman
“We [Conscious Alliance] feed families in communities that need it most. Our network of creative people — artists, musicians, food makers, and fans — use their time and talents to make that happen. Our alliance empowers young people to make a tangible difference in the lives of people in underserved communities.” Conscious Alliance is doing great things to promote artists while working to end world hunger and empower kids, teens, and young adults. We love seeing their festival posters and currently have a collaboration hat which also helps raise money for their organization!
4Ocean Ocean Cleanup
Benefactor: Jeremiah Berninger
“4Ocean is here to clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits. Every product purchased pulls one pound of trash from the ocean. We are a purpose-driven business on a mission to end the ocean plastic crisis. We’re committed to the highest sustainability and accountability standards.” In addition to ocean cleanup, 4ocean recycles the plastic into bracelets and other consumer products that can be purchased on their website: support and shop here!
Benefactor: Sean Denney
“LEADS is a caring organization that helps people in need. We like to think of ourselves as a compass - leading people in the right direction. We offer food, clothing, affordable housing, home repair, free quality pre-schooling, health and nutritional assistance, help with utility bills and energy efficiency programs to save you money. But best of all, LEADS gives people hope by meeting their immediate needs, and pointing the way to solutions for a better life.” LEADS is currently committed to helping locals impacted by COVID. To apply for LEADS assistance, check out their application here.
Save the Children
Benefactors: Ben Sullivan & Robert Hart
“In the U.S. and around the world, Save the Children does whatever it takes — every day and in times of crisis — to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm… Save the Children reaches America’s most vulnerable kids [and children in over 100 countries worldwide] through early education, literacy, health and disaster preparedness programs — helping them to succeed in school and in life.” Just $50 can provide enough food to keep 3 children from going hungry or 25 facemasks to refugee health workers on the front lines. 86% of every dollar goes directly to humanitarian aid and relief! Here are more ways to help.
Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue
Benefactor: Charlie Herrin
“Mostly Mutts: We are located in Camas, WA and we serve all of Clark County and the Portland Metropolitan Area. As a non-profit organization, we sincerely appreciate all of the help we can get to give our dogs a second chance at life. Making a donation to Mostly Mutts isn't just about financial contributions. We can also use things such as food, blankets, toys, and pet hygiene care products, click here to see items that we can currently use. 100% of our financial contributions go to care for our dogs. Our owners and staff are all volunteers and donate their time to rescue animals.” We love helping our four-legged fur-iends too! View Mostly Mutts' Donation Wishlist here or meet the current pups available for adoption in Washington state here!
Cleveland Animal Protective League
Benefactor: Elizabeth Wargo
“The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, we are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. We are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals and envision a time when every friendly, healthy, homeless animal in our community can be cared for until a new family is found. The Cleveland APL provides shelter to homeless animals relinquished by their guardians, animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect, and stray or abandoned cats.” Ohio peeps, learn more about Cleaveland Animal Protective League’s adoptable pets and how to donate here!
Wild Animal Sanctuary
Benefactor: Ben Szydlowski
“The animals, staff and volunteers at The Wild Animal Sanctuary work to help solve America’s captive wildlife crisis. We aim to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or were subject to deprivation or neglect, by providing care and boarding. We also rescue and provide life-long homes for large, exotic and endangered captive wild animals and educate the public about the causes and solutions to the world’s Captive Wildlife Crisis.” The Wild Animal Sanctuary offers more than 10,500 acres of natural habitats (with elevated walkways for visitors!) in Colorado and Texas, and is currently home to more than 600 rehabilitated animals. Visitor information is available here.
Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Research
Benefactor: Henry Corry
“Susan G Komen for Breast Cancer: Our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.” Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Research is one of the largest and most well-known breast cancer research and awareness organizations making a global impact with fundraisers, resources, research, caregivers, and support. Start a fundraiser or get involved locally here.
Hope Connection for Cancer
Benefactor: Samuel Funger
Hope Connection for Cancer is dedicated to “supporting people with cancer and their loved ones since 2007. We help you attend to your emotional well-being so you can deal more effectively with your disease. We have so many activities to relieve isolation and stress as well as providing you with the information you need! Most importantly, we are a community that can connect you with others going through experiences like yours. While our professional facilitated services are free of charge we think that the emotional support, education and wellness they provide is priceless.” There are tons of ways to get involved and help support Hope Connection for Cancer, whether you’d like to volunteer in person or make a contribution or participate in an event in loving memory of someone you know. Find out more here.
National Abortion Federation
Benefactor: Chris Covington
“The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to unite, represent, serve, and support abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care.” Their established community consists of abortion providers, pro-choice clinicians, students, residents, an fellow advocates.
Benefactor: Joe Gillette
“Emmaus House was started in 1987 by Sister Shirley Orand and Sister Marietta Fritz when it became apparent that women being released from jail, prison and drug rehab needed a safe place to live while re-establishing their lives. Our purpose is to provide the women with a family-like Christian atmosphere while they are creating new lives for themselves.” To learn more about the support Emmaus House has to offer, please see their program information here.
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Throughout the year, Grassroots California is dedicated to donating 1% of all sales to a designated “Charity of the Season” and contributing to other non-for-profits as much as possible. A number of our products also help fund charitable efforts such as this Conscious Alliance Snapback Hat and this Black Lives Matter facemask benefitting, Color for Change. We thank all our followers and livestream viewers for supporting artists, small business, and local efforts!