Love Thy Neighbor is a core Birds philosophy and our annual commitment to love bigger and better, and to give back in intentional, consistent and impactful ways.
Our non-profit, 501(c)(3) community partners include:
The Homeless Period Project
The Homeless Period Project was founded in 2015 with a singularly focused mission to provide menstrual hygiene products to homeless women living in shelters and on the street. After three years of volunteering in shelters, schools and churches, they recognize the problem of lack of access to menstrual hygiene for women is both tremendous and global. It is a problem that affects menstruation-age females of all ethnicities and in all communities. The obstacle to access exists in schools, workplaces and homes — even requiring some women to choose between food and hygiene. In 2018, the HPP expanded their mission to advocate on behalf of all women.
We’ve worked with the Project since January 2017 to raise awareness and to create packs for school girls in South Carolina by hosting pack parties and by financially contributing to the No Girl Left Behind campaign. To learn more about giving dignity back to girls and women in your community, visit The Homeless Period Project online.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
This is a cause near and dear to our hearts. We have experienced the chronic and relentless nature of diabetes first hand. Watching family members struggle with such incredible physical, mental, and emotional hurdles is incredibly difficult. We’re thankful for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the work they are doing to lead the fight against Type 1 Diabetes by “funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.”
Since we opened our doors we have given the proceeds from the sale of two of our core beers, Rumblefish and Carolyn, directly to the JDRF. These beers were named for family members who are fighting or who have lost the fight to T1D. We are grateful for your support of these beers, and in turn of our brave family members and all those positively impacted by the JDRF.
The folks at Pride Link are doing incredible work to improve the quality of life for all LGBTQ+ people in Upstate, South Carolina. Founded in 2018, this Greenville-based non-profit utilizes a Mobile Community Center with the vision to build a thriving community where all LGBTQ+ people are strong, safe, and successful.
Barriers such as distance, lack of transportation, and limited finance make it difficult to access vital services, resources, and support. “Whether you want to meet new people in a laid back setting, bring your friends and play board games, get tested for HIV, get a medical or mental health screening, or learn about community resources – Mobile Community Center has you covered,” they explain.
Some of the key services currently offered by the Pride Link team include basic medical and mental health screenings, health education, HIV testing and counseling, assistance applying for state and local benefits such as SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid, and connection to community activities, workshops, resources, and support.
Triune Mercy Center
Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The center offers our neighbors-in-need a wide range of services including Food Assistance, Drug & Alcohol Recovery, Medical Care, Mental Health Care, Art Therapy and Social Work. They serve a diverse community with a special focus on those impacted by addiction, sex trafficking, and homelessness.
We’ve partnered with Triune to provide all of their reusable bag needs for the food pantry. This means staff and volunteers can pack-out foods in bags that are durable and strong, better serving the needs of their homeless clients and lessening the environmental impact of plastic or paper products.
In addition we have our Giving Barrel in the tasting room with a rotating monthly focus of items from socks and shoes to canned goods and toiletries.