It has been nearly 5 years since we first opened our doors in the Woodlawn neighborhood. We’ve made a lot of friends, become a part of some wonderful families, and have received a bounty of support from our loyal customers. Sometimes, it feels almost too good to be true.
From this place of gratitude, we bring news of our first major venture in volunteerism: a Breakside collaboration with Transition Projects.
Transition Projects has been serving the public good for over 40 years! Through care and compassion, they have helped to transition Portland’s homeless population into housing. The Bud Clark Commons buzzes, daily, with the tireless efforts of mentors and case managers, collaborating with families in need.
So, on a grey morning in December, we sent some of our staff to the Bud Clark Commons for volunteer work with the folks at Transition Projects. The day was spent sorting and organizing the massive donations made in the lead up to the holidays. We got an inside glimpse of a well run non-profit, and some quality team bonding! That was only the beginning….
For the month of February, the brewpub and the brewery will be accepting donations to Transition Projects. Specifically, we’re looking for warm clothing, bedding, socks, towels, pillows, and hygiene products (unused). You will see donation bins outside of our brewpub and in the tasting room of the brewery. If you’re coming in for a pint, don’t forget to bring a donation!
Also, in February, we’ll be sending a staff of 8 servers and chefs to cook up a delicious meal for the Clark Center. We’re still working on the menu, but are certain that 90 people will be well-fed on the evening of Feb 10.
Collaboration is at the heart of our industry. Brewers gain inspiration from working with others and feeding off of their energy. At Breakside, we realize that inspiration can come from anywhere. And to those who are out there trying to better their life, and the lives of others- you are our inspiration. Thank you.