Community Engagement & Giveback
Fostering a thriving local community is a natural extension of Nossa Familia’s roots and is an essential component of realizing our company mission and living our Core Values. We know that giving back to the community we live and work in builds lasting relationships, deepens our purpose, and makes things more fun for all.
Nossa Giveback Program
Through the Nossa Giveback Program, we are proud to make a commitment to reinvest 10% of our profits to organizations and farmers who are making the world a better place.
We select nonprofits, partners and charitable causes to support who we believe are doing great work.
Some Projects we’ve donated to
• Raising funds to help with building a new farm kitchen at Finca San Jose de las Nubes in Nicaragua through our Festa Holiday Blend.
• Supporting the establishment of a micro-loan fund for the next generation of coffee farmers in Guatemala through De la Gente, in partnership New Seasons Market and Hopworks Urban Brewery, through our Next Generation Roast.
• Providing employment opportunities and donating all revenues from a Sunday Parkways coffee booth to p:ear.
• Donating $0.50 for every bag of Full Cycle Signature Blend sold to local Portland cycling organizations The Street Trust and Community Cycling Center.
• Raising funds for Visibles Guatemala and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) during Pride Month.
Over the life of our company we have donated over $100,000 in cash to nonprofits and charitable causes. View our Sustainability Report for the full breakdown of numbers).
EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING & PRO BONO TIME
Nossa Familia encourages volunteering as a way to strengthen community, internal staff relationships, and personal growth for individual employees. To help enable our employees to volunteer in the community, we offer 16 hours of paid volunteer time annually to all permanent employees. We organize staff volunteer opportunities and offer flexibility in scheduling to allow our employees to volunteer in the community.
In the interest of supporting and promoting our other love, cycling, we’re proud to donate 50¢ for each bag of Full Cycle sold to local cycling nonprofits. The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) and the Community Cycling Center are the current recipients of all donations generated through Full Cycle retail sales.
FESTA HOLIDAY BLEND
During the 2016 holiday season, we created our first HolidayBlend and called it Festa, meaning ‘celebration’ in Portuguese. We launched Festa as the cornerstone of our coffee origin giveback program, with 50 cents from every bag sold going back to a project identified by our partner farm in Nicaragua, Finca San Jose de las Nubes. From 2016 to 2018, through the sales of Festa Holiday Blend, we were able to raise funds to help with the construction of a brand-new kitchen and farm center built entirely by the farmworkers themselves. Among other features, the new kitchen has a clean-burning stove and refrigeration, which will help provide better food and nutrition for those on the farm, in addition to a healthier environment for the cook and her family.
For the 2019 and 2020 holiday seasons we chose the De la Gente Young Farmers Fund as our Festa donation recipient. This fund was put in place to support the Next Generation of Young Farmers, or La Segunda Generación de Café Entre Volcanes, a youth group of coffee producers from San Miguel Escobar region located near Antigua, Guatemala.
Our Community Partnerships
Central City Coffee
Central City Coffee sources, roasts and sells coffee as a means to support the mission of its parent organization, Central City Concern. They work to provide solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency, including teaching transferable job skills to help formerly homeless individuals find and retain employment. Nossa Familia is proud to store and roast Central City's coffee, as well as donate production space in our roasting facility. We also occasionally partner with them for events, and feature their coffee at our farmers markets and in the Nossa Espresso Bar.
Community Vision, Inc works to make Oregon a place where all people with disabilities can live, work, and thrive in whatever communities they choose. They offer a network of services, including supported living, homeownership, asset development, youth programs and employment services. For several years Nossa Familia has partnered with Community Vision to offer work to participants of their Employment Connections Program. This program pairs people with disabilities who are seeking employment and skill development with businesses who have a need for workers – the perfect match. In summer 2018 we opened our accessibility-minded Seven Corners Café in the new Seven Corners Collaborative building, Community Vision’s headquarters in Southeast Portland.
Since 2013 Nossa Familia has been working with p:ear, a non-profit dedicated to building positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art, and recreation. Nossa Familia facilitates the p:ear Barista School, which teaches youth the science and art of preparing and serving coffee. In addition to focusing on the tools necessary to become a barista, this eight-week course also incorporates significant job and life skills, identifies the students’ aspirations and self-defined goals, and provides them with resources upon graduation, including letters of recommendation and certification. Beyond just a creating a safe and welcoming environment for the youth, this program offers consistent, on-going mentorship and creative support. The p:ear barista school helps to build new patterns of behavior, break isolation, work to get kids off of dangerous dependencies, and create opportunities for economic gain and healthier lives.
Quarterly Featured Community Partners
In 2016, Nossa Familia Coffee selected local nonprofits to spotlight as our Quarterly Featured Community Partner in order to strengthen community ties and promote meaningful connections with our neighbors. We supported these organizations with coffee for their events, financial contributions through our Espresso Bar, staff volunteer time, and some fun coffee education!