Our One Bean Program
Updated Jan 6th, 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.
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.
Our Current Community Partner
We have chosen Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH for our January One Bean recipient. We appreciate all the work these dedicated volunteers do for our community.
“Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH is more than a Food Bank. We are over 240 volunteers who, in addition to distributing food, issue financial assistance to pay rent, water, power and other basic utilities; provide urgent transportation to medical appointments; issue summer camp and summer school funds for school age children; distribute school supplies for children in our support areas; identify counseling assistance for school age children and their families, distribute used clothing, small household goods and appliances, Christmas baskets and toys, funds for educational expenses to college students who live in the Gig Harbor and Peninsula area, such as books, supplies, and transportation to school; and are telephone monitors who answer calls from those in need. Local markets donate food to our Food Bank, and we hold a food drive at Safeway each month. Many students use Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH for their senior projects or community service hours by organizing food drives or other events that benefit the GHP FISH or by volunteering in the Food Bank.”
Because they are an all-volunteer organization, they are able to use more of their donations to assist those in our community who request services. 94.97% of our donations in 2016 went to their clients. Only 5.03% of donations were used to pay for the food bank rent and utilities and minor office expenses.
Every dollar counts! Buy your personal or office coffee from MarKee to Support great organizations doing good IN our community.
Our previous partners:
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.
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”.