Earth-Friendly Non-Profits

Since inception, Worthy Brewing has operated with its local community at the forefront. This prioritization manifests in a few different ways, including charitable giving and partnership with local eco-friendly non-profit organizations. In addition to hosting 12 charity pint nights each year, Worthy also donates a percentage of sales to these non-profits.

A craft brewery at its core, with the driving mantra, ‘Earth First. Beer Second.’, Worthy uses its products and pubs to help support and promote worthy causes. We specifically emphasize eco-friendly non-profit organizations dedicated to conserving and protecting our beautiful Northwest region. As we know, without access to rich soil, clean air, and clean water, we would not be able to grow the hops and barley we need to continue brewing award-winning craft beer!

See the below list of organizations that Worthy Brewing supports. Read about their missions and why Worthy Brewing is a partner.

  1. ALLIANCE FOR WORLD SCIENTISTS (AWS)
    1. The AWS is a new international assembly of scientists, which is independent of both governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations. The main goal of the AWS is to be a collective international voice of many scientists regarding global climate and environmental trends and how to turn accumulated knowledge into action.LEARN MORE
  2. CENTRAL OREGON LANDWATCH (COLW)
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    2. The COLW advocates to protect Central Oregon’s forests and high desert, rivers and springs, fish and wildlife, and its communities. COLW does this by supporting and championing efforts that strive to conserve the region’s ecosystems and wildlife habitats. The ultimate goal is to foster thriving, sustainable communities and to spread the costs and benefits of growth equitably across the community as a whole. Some of COLW’s achievements include:
      – protecting the Metolius Basin from development;
      – keeping Whychus Creek flowing freely and not through a pipe for hydroelectric power;
      – preserving deer and elk winter range and safeguarding wildlife corridors;
      – and maintaining vistas of ridges from Shevlin Park.

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  3. CENTRAL OREGON LOCAVORE (COL)

    COL is a year-round farmers’ marketplace that provides local food from local farmers. COL works toward an ecologically stable and socially just food system in Central Oregon. They improve access to fresh, nutrient-dense local food, educating the community about the benefits of sustainably produced food, while supporting farmers and ranchers.

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  4. COALITION FOR THE DESCHUTES
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    2. Coalition for the Deschutes is one of the local eco-friendly non-profit organizations dedicated to restoring and protecting the Deschutes River and its watershed. Their mission is to restore the Deschutes River so that fish, farms, and families can thrive. The Coalition engages the entire community, including families, irrigators, farmers, recreationalists, and businesses to overcome obstacles and build bridges between historically divergent interests. The difference in quality and flavor complexities that using local ingredients, like Mecca’s, in beer and cuisine is tangible. Without access to clean water, Worthy and Mecca Grade would not be able to produce delicious beer and nutrient-rich grains.

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  5. COMMUTE OPTIONS OF CENTRAL OREGON
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    2. Commute Options encourages the wellness of individuals, a clean environment, and a strong economy, three things we all love. They represent transportation options in our community by educating citizens, businesses, and the government about the value of carpooling, vanpooling, walking, bicycling, teleworking, and using public transportation. Commute Options envisions communities where people make thoughtful transportation choices, reducing the impact of driving. These decisions result in healthier individuals, safer streets, a cleaner environment, and a stronger economy. Worthy Brewing supports Commute Options’ Partner Rewards Program, which provides employees with a $20 gift card for every 45 days a commute option is used.

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  6. DISCOVER YOUR FOREST
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    2. Discover Your Forest is the eco-friendly non-profit partner of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. It is dedicated to promoting the discovery of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, as well as Crooked River National Grassland. They look to enrich the experience of visitors, build community support, and create the next generation of environmental stewards.Each year, Worthy Brewing sponsors ‘Stars Over Newberry,’ an annual fundraiser that takes place atop Lava Butte in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The event takes place in early August (stay tuned for 2020 date) and is focused on raising funds to support conservation education programs that connect more than 9,000 kids annually with their public lands, on free field trips.

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  7. HIGH DESERT FOOD AND FARM ALLIANCE (HDFFA)
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    2. HDFFA’s mission is to support a healthy and thriving food and farm network in Central Oregon through education, collaboration, and inclusivity. Reinforcing Central Oregon’s food system is essential to HDFFA’s mission. The food system is a collaborative network of farms, ranches, community members, and organizations that partner to create a locally-based, self-reliant food economy. Worthy Brewing is partnering with Brasada Ranch on a private label beer that will in part be a vehicle to help raise awareness about the importance of supporting Central Oregon’s farmers and purveyors, and to help raise additional dollars to support HDFFA’s mission.

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  8. HIGH DESERT MUSEUM

    The High Desert Museum’s mission is to explore the High Desert’s unique landscape, cultures, wildlife, history, and arts. In doing so, they will connect visitors to the past and help them discover their role in the present and responsibility to the future. Among many exhibits, the Museum features a close-up view of native wildlife (river otters, bobcats, porcupines, and badgers), an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904, and hands-on programs to educate on Native American culture and history.

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  9. KOR COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

    KOR, one of the eco-friendly non-profit organizations we partner with, provides environmentally sustainable and permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for those who contribute to the Bend area economy and community. KOR’s homes are built to minimize energy and water use. This is sustainable from both an environmental perspective and a financial one by keeping utility bills low for the homeowner.

    KOR’s core values include sustainability for future generations, community to promote stability and growth, diversity to bring value to our community, creative solutions to challenges, and quality products and results.

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  10. OREGON WILD
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    2. Oregon Wild is an eco-friendly non-profit that works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. Oregon Wild has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes. These protected lands include nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds, and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers. With a staff of 16, Oregon Wild’s strength is its active grassroots citizen network. Oregon Wild works to maintain environmental laws, while building broad community support for its campaigns.

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  11. OREGON OBSERVATORY AT SUNRIVER

    The Observatory’s mission is to inspire present and future generations to cherish and understand the natural world. The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory focuses on education, research, and conservation, and strives to be recognized as Central Oregon’s foremost authority on the natural sciences. Additionally, Worthy Garden Club’s Hopservatory at Worthy Brewing is the result of collaboration between the Observatory at Sunriver and the WGC.

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  12. OREGON NATURAL DESERT ASSOCIATION (ONDA)
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    2. ONDA exists to protect, defend, and restore Oregon’s high desert for current and future generations. ONDA’s community defends public lands from threats, partners with public and private land managers to preserve natural values, encourages the exploration of wild places, and restores lands and waters to give desert creatures places to thrive. ONDA is the only conservation organization dedicated exclusively to preserving Oregon’s high desert. Worthy Brewing has a longstanding partnership with ONDA. In 2019, Worthy hosted ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series – a 4-night series featuring subject matter experts on a variety of topics including supervolcanoes and flood basalts, Hart Mountain, the Upper Snake River Tribes, and survival strategies of desert species. Worthy staff have also participated in one of ONDA’s stewardship trips– and as a result of the experience, will brew a special ONDA craft beer that embodies the inspiration gleaned from the stewardship trip.

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  13. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (OSUARF)

    Worthy Brewing’s partnership with Oregon State University dates back to Worthy’s inception in 2012. University staff from the Hop Breeding & Genetics program helped design and choose materials for Worthy’s Estate Hop Yard, managed by Worthy Garden Club, and were on site to help with the initial planting. From cultivating new hop breeds to consulting on styles and partnering with Worthy in philanthropic efforts, Worthy and OSU are true community partners.

    Additionally, Worthy, with Worthy Garden Club co-sponsored OSU Professor Dr. Bill Ripple in a 2019 Speaker Series that aimed to inform and educate on how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Ripple, in his presentations, will also provide suggestions for sustainability on planet Earth.

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  14. PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY

    The Pine Mountain Observatory sits atop a mountain at 6,300 feet and is operated by the University of Oregon Department of Physics, under a special use permit from the Deschutes National Forest. The Observatory’s primary function is to allow for astronomical observations, including basic and advanced scientific research. The Observatory is open to the public, and during the summer offers a research science camp that brings astronomers and students from all around the Western U.S. to teach and participate in their programs.

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  15. SIERRA NEVADA CAMP FIRE RELIEF FUND

    The Camp Fire Relief Fund was set up by Sierra Nevada in response to the devastating fires that destroyed communities in Paradise and across Butte County in California, Fall 2018. The fire claimed the lives of at least 85 people and wiped out more than 13,600 homes. Therefore, by far the most destructive wildfire in California history, and the nation’s deadliest in a century. Worthy Brewing, along with 1,400+ other breweries, brewed a Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – of which, 100% of sales were donated to the Camp Fire Relief Fund, supported through the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation. Additionally, 17 Central Oregon breweries joined together on January 5, 2019 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater to participate in Bend Resilience IPA Brewfest where 100% of the proceeds benefitted the Relief Fund. Together the breweries raised $39,305.21.

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  16. THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (TEC)
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    2. TEC’s mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. This means driving local change that makes a world of difference. TEC is a hub, a resource, a connector and a unifier. This eco-friendly non-profit organization, through projects and programs, works to educate, inspire, and advance change that limits pollution, safeguards resources, and promotes environmentally responsible behavior.Worthy Brewing continues to be an active donor to TEC, primarily hosting a wide range of events, including the Green Tour, and sponsoring the Sustainability Awards. TEC was also the beneficiary of Worthy’s Earth Day celebration and can release party on April 20, 2019. Some recent and upcoming TEC events include: Destination Zero: Buildings as catalysts to clean energy reality; A Clean Energy Future for Bend – Two Paths to 100% Renewable; and Power Hour: Energy Efficient Homes are Affordable.

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  17. THE FRESH WATER TRUST
    1. The Freshwater Trust
    2. The Fresh Water Trust protects and restores freshwater ecosystems. Using science, technology and incentive-based solutions, they’re changing the course of conservation on a timeline that matters. Major bodies of water have been depleting, and once-thriving ecosystems are now dead zones. Some of these include: the Colorado River, The Gulf of Mexico, The Chesapeake Bay, and the State of California. To help ensure a more resilient future, The Fresh Water Trust is focused on restoring and conserving our rivers – it is the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwest, and the second largest conservation group in Oregon.

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  18. WORTHY GARDEN CLUB (WGC)
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    2. The WGC is a collection of business owners, entrepreneurs, energy specialists, agriculturists, scientists, and astronomers working together to teach our community to respect and protect our planet. The WGC’s mission as an eco-friendly non-profit organization is to showcase the wonders of the planet while emphasizing the need to protect our home. The WGC is located onsite at Worthy Brewing and operates with two arms: one on the ground and one in the sky. The WGC’s greenhouse and hop yard serve as a base for all garden activities, discussing everything from growing hops to beekeeping, composting, and native landscaping. The WGC’s Hopservatory helps to raise science literacy through tours, educational programs, lectures, and night sky and solar viewings. Together, both arms highlight sustainable practices that help conserve our planet’s resources.

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