Charitable Giving

It is always been our belief that a business should do more than simply provide the goods and services that are their main reason for being. You may remember the fairy tale that we named the bakery for. Well, our tale of the Little Red Hen turned out a little differently. In our story, the barnyard animals did help out. We simply wouldn’t be here without the community support that we have gotten from day one. Like any good hen, we feel a responsibility to do what we can to nurture the community that has nurtured us. Every year, we select a number of organizations that we feel are doing essential work. There is never a shortage of work to be done and there are so many good organizations doing that work, but each year our staff selects a few organizations that we would like to support after we pay out bonuses and buy all the shiny new baking tools we need.  Last year we directed over $26,000 to the following organizations doing work both close to home and further afield:

We also give in another important way. For many reasons, we do not want our counter staff to depend on customer tips for critical income. Although our baristas are skilled, hardworking professionals, those behind the glass are as well-- whether they are baking bread, cleaning the building or delivering bread, they are no less worthy of a livable wage. Additionally, we don’t want our staff to be motivated by tips. If a baguette is going to go better with your cheese than an olive bread would, we want our staff to tell you that without being concerned that doing so could affect the size of their tip. For these reasons, we are committed to paying everyone a livable wage. Nevertheless, old habits die hard and many customers feel compelled to drop some money in a jar. As it says on our “tip” jar, that money goes directly to a charity of our staff’s choosing. This money adds up! Every year we donate over $10,000 from this fund! In the past year, the recipients of this money have included:

  • Vermont Adaptive Sports
  • Capstone Fuel Assistance
  • Zeno Mountain Farm
  • Lily Stilwell — wheelchair access renovation
  • Migrant Justice
  • Alice Burke Dricker — teen cancer survivor
  • Green Mountain Performing Arts
  • All washington County Elementary schools will receive $200 to their Principal’s discretionary fund for help families in need.

Here is the Cafe’s annual breakdown:

2012$7,000
2012$7,000
2013$12,950
2014$14,200
2015$10,700
2016$13,300
2017$10,572 (so far!)

For a total of $68,722 since 2012!!