Our One Bean Program
Updated July 1st, 2018
The MarKee Mission – Eat Drink Live
To enhance the lives in our community by connecting with our guests; establishing intentional partnerships to support community giving that will create a significant impact, and setting the standards of excellence by providing an unforgettable and inspiring experience.
Our Current Community Partner
This month we are supporting Food Backpacks 4 Kids: Serving Children for a Brighter Future. Their goal is to make sure that hunger doesn’t keep any child from learning.
“Founded in 2009 by a small group of volunteers on the Key Peninsula, Food Backpacks 4 Kids in its first year provided backpacks each week to the 9 neediest children at Evergreen Elementary. Fast forward just 7 years, and we now distribute more than 400 weekly backpacks to children from every school in the Peninsula School District.”
Every dollar counts! Buy your personal or office coffee from MarKee to Support great organizations doing good IN our community.
Our previous partners:
July 2018: Amara and raised $66
June 2018: Chew Dog Rescue and raised $48
May 2018: Harbor WildWatch and raised $66
Apr 2018: Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team and raised $54
Mar 2018: EnviroCorps and raised $63
Feb 2018: Stand Up for Peninsula Schools and raised $33
Jan 2018: Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH and raised $42
Dec 2017: Communities In Schools of Peninsula and raised $90
Nov 2017: 24th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade and raised $24
Oct 2017: Pet Prison Partnership and raised $215
If you would like to purchase a bag (or 3) of coffee, come by and see us.
If you would like to suggest a community partner, please let us know.
About One Bean
At MarKee, we believe in supporting our community in the ways we are able. One way we live this daily is the ‘One Bean’ program we created. ‘One Bean’ provides our community the power to turn an ordinary daily ritual into an extraordinary giving opportunity.
For every pound of whole bean Poverty Bay Coffee we sell, we donate $3 to a local organization focused on supporting those in our community.
While we have given back in this way since we opened, we recently changed the model slightly. We started partnering with specific organizations each month. This change allows us to shine the light on what they are doing daily. We get to know many leaders serving different segments of our population with an equal passion for what they do to help our community. We can now educate our customers and spread awareness with more people above and beyond the financial donation.
Why we chose Poverty Bay?
Poverty Bay is locally owned and operated. They roast in small batches and have direct trade partnerships with their growers. They only use shade grown methods (more sustainable and a natural way to grow coffee). Many of the towns they partner with around the world now have health insurance or education as a benefit of trading with Poverty Bay. They have been doing direct trade and micro-roasting since before it was “cool”.