Dear Greendrinks community,
Our mission has been and continues to be creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable community by supporting local organizations, businesses, and green initiatives. Even as things change drastically around us, we stand firmly behind this mission.
As the Greendrinks board, our favorite moments are those spent with our community: meeting with attendees and friends, connecting with non-profit leaders, sharing a great local brew with like-minded folks. In the last few months, we’ve pivoted from large in-person networking and gathering events to online, virtual-based event programming. While these virtual events have been amazing, we feel these events lack the essence of what makes Greendrinks Portland special.
So that we can continue to be a sustainable organization in the future, we have come to the decision to go into hibernation for the next six months. We will abstain from holding events starting this month, September 2020, hoping to resume some version of event-based networking come April 2021. We will continue to meet as a board to plan for the next phase of Greendrinks Portland.
Fear not, dedicated Greendrinkers we are not going away forever, we promise to come back stronger than ever!
Black Lives Matter. Our board members have been protesting with, donating to, and learning from our community. As an organization and as individuals, we’re committed to being a
part of the transformation needed to enact real change.
At the core of our mission is a desire to bring people together and facilitate conversation. We want to continue to be a resource and incubator for ideas, connections, and discussions. We will have hard conversations about the role we play in the community and how we can take actionable steps to increase diversity internally, support our community and the Black Lives Matter movement more wholly. When we reconvene our in-person events, we'll make sure every Greendrinker who wants to attend feels welcome. With a greater focus on community outreach, we will work to better amplify the voices and visions of a diverse array of local nonprofits.
We can do better. We will do better. This is our promise to you.
- Portland Greendrinks Board -