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Save the Date! Common Roots Foundation ‘Membership Day’ on June 30

By Foundation

Newly Launched Nonprofit Aims to Grow its Donor Base with Membership Offerings

June 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

Have you heard about the Common Roots Foundation and are interested in learning more? Or is this the first mention you’ve seen, and you’re intrigued to hear why the Common Roots Brewing Company founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization? 

The Common Roots Foundation’s Board of Directors and executive director are ready and willing to answer all of those questions and speak to the purpose, mission, and vision of this locally based nonprofit during a day-long membership drive on Wednesday, June 30, at the Common Roots Brewing Company (58 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, NY).

This “Membership Day” will take place inside the brewery from noon to 8 p.m. on June 30 and is designed to help anyone interested easily join or simply learn more about what the Common Roots Foundation has to offer the community. Launched in May 2021, the Foundation aims to collaborate with local nonprofits and organizations that share its commitment to a healthy and inclusive community, and support families and businesses in need.

“As our world comes out of this pandemic and we see some resemblance of returning to normal, we know that not everyone in our community has come through this experience in a positive way,” said Common Roots Co-Founder Bert Weber. “By joining the Foundation, you can find some solace in knowing that your membership will do something to help our community grow stronger and become more resilient in the future. Together we can become another source of hope and resources for our neighbors and fellow community members.”

The Foundation has an informative video that explains its roots and vision, as well as a website that outlines its membership program, partnership/sponsorship opportunities, grantmaking and donation processes, and other ways to get involved.

“The Common Roots Foundation has been a concept that we’ve been working on for quite some time,” said Foundation Co-Founder Christian Weber. “It’s humbling and exciting to see it come to fruition by involving so many great people. The upcoming membership drive will allow the Foundation to extend its reach into our local community and build a more sustainable framework for future organizational possibilities.” 

Media inquiries, please contact Executive Director Alex Kochon at (518) 413-1877 or email foundation@commonrootsbrewing.com.

About the Common Roots Foundation
The Common Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in northeastern New York, specifically in the areas of community wellness, environmental stewardship, and assisting those in times of need. This nonprofit was formed in 2020, a year after a devastating fire at the Common Roots Brewing Company was met with an outpour of community support. As a result, the Common Roots Foundation exists to give back, assist our community in times of need, and promote our shared values of creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and safe community. Visit our website at commonrootsbrewing.com/foundation/.

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Anjelic Presence

Pint Night for Anjelica

By Foundation

On Wednesday, June 2, Common Roots and Strength in Numbers are teaming up to hold a pint night on behalf of our dear friend and co-worker Anjelica, who was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

Anjelica, 29, is a ray of sunshine who’s been a part of the Common Roots family since 2017. She embodies all the qualities that drive Strength in Numbers’ mission as well as our own.

Strength in Numbers is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a commitment to bringing gifts of joy for people and families battling illness. On June 2 from 12-8 p.m., they’ll donate $3 from every pint of Anjelic Presence and $5 of every 4-pack sold in the taproom to Anjelica. 

In early May, the Common Roots Brewing Company teamed up with 10 other upstate NY breweries for a collaborative brewing of Anjelic Presence, a New England-style IPA. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from this limited-edition batch will go to Anjelica. 

Please join us in supporting Anjelica! For more on her story, please visit her GoFundMe page. Tax-deductible donations can be made via check to the “Common Roots Foundation” (write “Anjelica” in the memo line), which will be combined and presented as a single check for Anjelica. 

Questions, please email foundation@commonrootsbrewing.com.

Seeking Volunteers! Help Us Build a Garden

By Foundation

On Tuesday, May 18, Common Roots Foundation board members and other volunteers will team up with AIM Services, Inc., to create the Common Roots Community Garden at 71 Homestead Road in Saratoga Springs. 

This garden will be built from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 5/18, dubbed “518 Day” by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region to promote volunteerism and community impact on that day across the region. 

The Common Roots Foundation is collaborating with AIM Services, which will manage the garden, by providing Bert Weber’s expertise in horticulture, landscaping, and community gardens, as well as volunteers and a first-year sponsorship of $1000 dollars. 

Volunteers are needed to help build the garden on 5/18. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers should be willing to get dirty and capable of manual labor. Since news organizations have also been invited to attend, all volunteers must consent to a media release. T-shirts available for those that pre-register. Please email foundation@commonrootsbrewing.com if interested.

For more information, please see AIM’s press release or visit the United Way’s “United to Volunteer” website.

Press Release: Collaboration Blooms Through AIM’s Community Garden on 518 Day

By Foundation

May 11, 2021


Collaboration Blooms Through AIM’s Community Garden on 518 Day

AIM Services, Inc. Builds Common Roots Garden with volunteers from United Way GCR and local brewery’s nonprofit foundation

For Immediate Release

Can you dig it? Community Collaboration is flourishing through an exciting new partnership with AIM Services, Inc. and the Common Roots Foundation, and it will come to life on May 18, 2021, a day that United Way of the Greater Capital Region has created as the area’s single largest day of community impact, known as 518 Day.

The Common Roots Community Garden, managed by AIM’s Employment Services Program and located at AIM’s property at 71 Homestead in Saratoga Springs, will focus on teaching life and work skills for people supported in multiple services through AIM. Dubbed the Common Roots garden nearly 8 years ago, the organization hopes to re-grow the garden this season with the support of the Common Roots Brewing Company’s newly launched Common Roots Foundation behind their efforts. The Foundation will contribute ongoing volunteers, labor and financial support.

“When we named the garden years ago, we had no idea that we’d someday have the opportunity to plant the seed with such a community-driven local business,” said Bo Goliber, Chief Development and Communications Officer at AIM. “Common Roots immediately jumped at the idea to support AIM and our programs, and one of their owners, Bert Weber, even has a passion for horticulture. We’re so excited to be a new partner for them as they grow their foundation.”

Bert Weber said, “The Foundation was looking for a partner to help us launch our involvement in the community. When we heard about the Common Roots Community Garden idea, it just seemed like a natural fit for us. We have some expertise in this area and certainly a shared mission to help others.”

AIM Services, Inc. is one of the area’s largest providers of services for people with developmental disabilities. Through their person-centered, residential and community-based services, they focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting self-confidence and independence. The Employment Services Program is dedicated to enhancing employment skills in the people they support, as well as making community inclusion and integration a top priority.

AIM’s Employment Team decided kicking off the garden season on 518 Day in partnership with United Way was the perfect opportunity for the community to connect with the people they support. The day will consist of prepping the grounds, with lots of digging, raking, planting, building garden beds and more.  

“518 Day is a tremendous regional day of community impact and we’re always proud to support collaboration between partners,” said Peter Gannon, President & CEO at United Way of the Greater Capital Region. “This project with AIM Services Inc. and the Common Roots Foundation on 518 Day is an exciting opportunity for community members to get outside, give back, and be part of launching an innovative new partnership.” 

“We’re excited to have this be a truly collaborative project and have the people in our programs learn and grow through guidance from volunteers and experts in our community,” said Kristine Bouldin, Program Director of Employment Services. 

Volunteers can sign up for 518 Day at the United to Volunteer website to be part of this project and others throughout the Capital Region. 

 

Media Advisory

The media is invited to visit the Common Roots Community Garden on 518 Day, May 18, 2021

Location: 71 Homestead, Saratoga Springs, NY

Media Suggested Time: 11 a.m. -12 p.m. or from 12:45-2
(Volunteers will eat lunch from 12-12:30) 

What to expect: AIM Staff and the people they support through Employment Services will be working with volunteers from the community and Common Roots Brewing Company and Foundation to prepare the garden. Media releases have been signed for all parties present, and opportunities for interviews will be available. Please come by to feature this unique collaboration!  

 
About AIM Services, Inc.
ABOUT AIM SERVICES, INC. One-third of all families in the United States are impacted by disability. Formed in 1979, AIM Services, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization providing residential and community-based services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries and those who are looking for nursing home transition or diversion. Services are provided in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.  The Self-Direction Program, administered through AIM is provided from the Canadian border down through Long Island. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Visit our website at www.aimservicesinc.org

About the Common Roots Foundation
The Common Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in northeastern New York, specifically in the areas of community wellness, environmental stewardship, and assisting those in times of need. This nonprofit was formed in 2020, a year after a devastating fire at the Common Roots Brewing Company was met with an outpour of community support. As a result, the Common Roots Foundation exists to give back, assist our community in times of need, and promote our shared values of creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and safe community. Visit our website at commonrootsbrewing.com/foundation.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION   

United Way of the Greater Capital Region is an organization that fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.  It unites donors, volunteers, and community organizations in a common mission to strengthen our community and improve social conditions in the Capital Region and beyond. Learn more at www.unitedwaygcr.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayGCR.

Press Release: Common Roots Brewing Company Creates Nonprofit to Give Back

By Foundation

May 10, 2021


Common Roots Brewing Company Creates Nonprofit to Give Back
Common Roots Foundation Formed as a Community Resource in Northeastern NY

For Immediate Release

While a formalized nonprofit was always part of Common Roots Brewing Company’s master plan, it came to life after a fire burned the original brewery in March 2019. Before the fire was out and the ashes had settled, the community immediately began to rally, organizing fundraisers to support the Common Roots employees and offering brewing space so the business could continue operating.

Common Roots continued to operate at a temporary taproom just up the road while the co-founders and father-and-son team, Bert and Christian Weber, rebuilt a highly energy- and production-efficient brewery and taproom at the original site at 58 Saratoga Avenue in South Glens Falls. The Webers vowed to repay the community, and in 2020, amid the global pandemic, they founded the Common Roots Foundation.

The Common Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life in northeastern New York, specifically in the areas of community wellness, environmental stewardship, and assisting those in times of need. The Foundation is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and managed by a part-time executive director. 

“We thought creating a separate vehicle would create many more benefits,” Bert said of formalizing the nonprofit foundation and Common Roots’ mission. “We couldn’t do the things as a business that the Foundation will be able to do.”

The Foundation aims to collaborate with local nonprofits and organizations that share its commitment to a healthy and inclusive community, and support families and businesses in need. It accepts donations, which are tax deductible, and will award grants and lend resources to initiatives related to its mission. The Foundation also offers a membership program and sponsorship/partnership opportunities for individuals, families, or businesses interested in joining its community-driven cause.

“We have a lot of energy, and our brand has a lot of energy,” Christian said. “The Common Roots Foundation is about continuing what the brewery has been doing and growing it.”

For more information on the Foundation’s initiatives, grant-application process, donation requests, and membership program/how to donate, please visit the Common Roots Foundation website.

Media inquiries, please contact Executive Director Alex Kochon at (518) 413-1877 or email foundation@commonrootsbrewing.com.

About the Common Roots Foundation
The Common Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in northeastern New York, specifically in the areas of community wellness, environmental stewardship, and assisting those in times of need. This nonprofit was formed in 2020, a year after a devastating fire at the Common Roots Brewing Company was met with an outpour of community support. As a result, the Common Roots Foundation exists to give back, assist our community in times of need, and promote our shared values of creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and safe community. Visit our website at commonrootsbrewing.com/foundation/.

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Gears & Beers Wednesday Night Rides

By Events/News, Foundation, Gears&Beers

The Gears & Beers Wednesday night group rides are back this year as an official Common Roots Foundation ongoing series. We’ll meet every Wednesday evening (weather permitting) in the Park & Ride lot behind the brewery with a 6 p.m. start for our no-drop group road ride. Routes will be announced in advance and rotated weekly and are downloadable to GPS devices via the link below. All Gears & Beers participants will need to sign a waiver in advance of their first time riding with us (register below).

After the ride, we’ll meet back at the brewery, where $1 dollar from every pint sold from 7-9 p.m. will benefit the Common Roots Foundation.

Official ride routes (rotate weekly):
Route 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35785438 (June 23)
Route 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35785614
Route 3: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35785723
Route 4: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35786034
Route 5: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35788525